DOHA: The birth rate among non-Qataris in the country far exceeds that of the country’s citizens. Newborn Qataris accounted for 575 live births in Qatar in January 2014, while foreigners accounted for 1,321, according to the first monthly figures from the Ministry of Development and Planning Statistics.
However, when it comes to divorce, the numbers are higher for Qataris. Of the 106 husbands who got divorced in January 2014, 66 were Qataris. The number of Qatari wives who got divorced that month was 56, as against 50 non-Qatari wives. A total of 341 marriages were registered in January.
The first issue of Qatar Monthly Statistics bulletin covers subjects such as population, marriages and divorces, road accidents, movement of vessels in ports, postal volumes, vehicle registration, traffic accidents, real estate transactions, electricity and water production, and imports and exports.
Highlights from the bulletin show that the country’s population was a little over two million at the end of January, with males numbering about 1.5 million.
There were 14 traffic accidents resulting in death, and accidents that caused major and minor injuries numbered 36 and 341, respectively.
Real estate transactions in January totalled 546, with a value of QR3.7bn. The total amount of electricity generated was nearly two million kilowatts, and water production exceeded 31 million cubic metres in January.
More than 8,000 vehicles were registered in January, with more than 5,000 being private vehicles. A total of 9,498 driving licences were issued during the month, 539 to Qataris and 8,959 to non-Qataris.
The top destination of Qatar’s exports, worth over QR12bn, was Japan. South Korea was second with QR8.7bn of exports and India was third with exports worth QR5.7bn.
The United States accounts for the biggest quantum of Qatar’s imports, worth QR739m. The UAE was second with QR534m worth of imports and Saudi Arabia third with imports worth QR415m.
The number of passengers at Doha International Airport reached 2,944,514 passengers, with 1,115,784 arrivals, 1,087,193 departures, and 741,537 in transit.