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Population by nationality (Qatar/ non-Qatari), sex and municipality of residence (Qatar, 2010)

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 Qataris   Non-Qataris   TOTAL 
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Doha 3.006 3.057 6.063 29.486 4.075 33.561 32.492 7.132 39.624
Al Rayyan 687 817 1.504 4.190 1.299 5.489 4.877 2.116 6.993
Al Wakrah 2.500 2.601 5.101 175.493 7.557 183.050 177.993 10.158 188.151
Umm Slal 7.756 7.928 15.684 23.932 11.217 35.149 31.688 19.145 50.833
Al Khor 5.279 5.265 10.544 103.253 15.438 118.691 108.532 20.703 129.235
Al Shamal 39.684 39.182 78.866 228.948 82.996 311.944 268.632 122.178 390.810
Al Da’ayen 26.907 29.610 56.517 547.773 121.906 669.679 574.680 151.516 726.196
Total 85.819 88.460 174.279 1.113.075 244.488 1.357.563 1.198.894 332.948 1.531.842

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).


2. Institution which provides data


Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics

( for website in English; for website in Arabic)


3. Data availability


None of Qatar censuses or other sources have ever disclosed figures of total population broken down by country of citizenship or even by nationality (Qatari/non-Qatari).

For 2010 data have been collected but remain withheld. The census only provides detailed data on population 10 or 15 years and above by nationality.

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:


The data for the present table have been taken from table 6.8 in the “Education” chapter of 2010 census:


Last date of access: 19 February 2014.


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