Posted on January 06, 2019

The year 2019 is expected to be the period to reap the positive results of multiple achievements of the projects and strategic services launched in the country, a number of experts have pointed out in interviews with local Arabic daily Arrayah.

The new year would witness the accomplishment of many infrastructure projects, besides the expansion of Hamad International Airport, creation of huge logistics infrastructure, more hassle-free procedures for investment and new businesses to achieve higher levels of self-sufficiency in different sectors such as the pharmaceutical industry and livestock and agriculture production. Rashid al-Muhannadi, a Qatari consultant in the field of human affairs and community development, stressed that the Gulf crisis has increased the power and stability of the country and helped in expediting development. He hoped for more support for technological research projects and the new ideas of young people to encourage their creativity and innovation that could further revitalise the economy. 

Saood al-Hinzab, former chairman of the Central Municipal Council, pointed out that the blockade imposed on the country by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt since June 5, 2017 has failed completely in delaying the pace of development in Qatar due to the efforts of the wise leadership and the initiatives of the government. “Many new projects initiated during the past two years have considerably improved the life of people in the country with more good results hoped for the new year,” he said. Qatari businessman Ahmed al-Khalaf expected that 2019 would see unprecedented economic progress in the country. The country has overcome the blockade with astonishing success, he declared. 

Al-Khalaf expects that Qatar could be pioneer in the Middle East with its small and midsize industries providing more than 450mn consumers with various consumer products. Qatari businessman Saeed al-Hajiri pointed out that the services sectors in the country should be modernised and updated to keep pace with the great economic leaps in the country. Accordingly, more focus should be given to these sectors in 2019. He said that hopes are very high that the new year would see unprecedented development in the health sector in the country. 

Tourism expert Tariq Abdulatif expected that the new year would see more developments with the help of the private sector to attract more tourists to the country, in addition to the easy access for nationals of 80 different world countries. “The prospects of tourism industry in the country looks bright and promising, especially with the upcoming FIFA 2022 World Cup,” he added.

source: Gulf Times

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