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Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and activity status (2010)

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in the labour force out of the labour force Total
  Males Females total Males Females total Males Females Total
Qataris 46.979 27.108 74.087 24.559 47.616 72.175 71.538 74.724 146.262
Non-Qataris 1.071.697 130.187 1.201.884 22.364 96.341 118.705 1.094.061 226.528 1.320.589
Total 1.118.676 157.295 1.275.971 46.923 143.957 190.880 1.165.599 301.252 1.466.851

Source: census 2010, QSA




1. Technical Notes and Definitions


Reference period for census 2010: the night of April 21st, 2010.

Implementation method: census is based on de jure method; i.e. registering people according to their usual place of residence at time of census.

Populations in transit or visiting Qatar as tourists, as well as residents of public housing or visitors staying in a household for less than two months after night of reference were excluded.

Populations away from usual residence in Qatar for reasons of duty, or on a visit abroad for less than two months, as well as individuals with no personal housing within Qatar staying with a household for more than two months, are counted in their usual/ present residence during census night.

Population of reference: all individuals (nationals and non-nationals) present within the State’s borders during time of reference.

“2010′ census recorded all the residents. Eight questionnaires covering the key census areas were designed, in order to ensure that all units (establishments; buildings; residential units; houses and individuals) are covered by the census.”


The eight questionnaires are as follows:

1. Enumeration of buildings;

2. Enumeration of establishments, residential units and houses.

3. Survey of establishments (usage, et cetera);

4. Family living conditions;

5. Survey of labour camp residents;

6. Survey of public housing residents;

7. Survey of hotel residents and transit travellers through airports, ports and land border crossings;

8. Survey of Qataris living abroad.


2010′ census was the first conducted with the help of PDA devices (Personal Digital Assistant).


Relation with Labor Force:

(1) In labor force (for persons at the age of 15 or older):

a) Employed.

b) Unemployed. (2) Not in labor force.

(2) Outside labor force:

The persons capable, in terms of body and mind, to perform the economic activity but they do not practice it for reasons that keep them away from it, as follows:

a) Full time students.

b) Full time housewives.

c) Unemployed never worked before.

As for persons not classified as a source of labor force, they include:

1- Children below the specified age of labor force (less than 15 years old).

2- Old aged persons not engaged in productive work (65 years or more).

3- Disabled and invalids who are severely handicapped and cannot perform the economic activity


2. Institution which provides data


Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)

( for website in English; for website in Arabic)


3. Data availability


Released parts of census are available on the website of the QSA, in published form in PDF format.

Census 2010′ website:

2010′ census in Excel or PDF format individual tables:


Date of access: June 2013.


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