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Population by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari) at dates of census (1970-2010)

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Census Qataris Non-Qataris Total
1970 45,039 66,094 111,133
1986 99,754 273,638 373,392
1997 151,673 384,801 536,474
2004 192,586 605,475 798,061
2010 243,073 1,456,362 1,699,435

Source: GLMM calculations on the basis of QSA’ data




1. Technical Notes and Definitions


Reference periods for each census: 1970: unknown; the nights of March 16th, 1986; March 1st, 1997; March 16th, 2004 and April 21st, 2010 respectively.

Implementation method: censuses are 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.

Prior to 2010′ census, only a sample of foreign residents was covered in census.

“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)

( for website in English; for website in Arabic)


3. Data availability


Released parts of censuses (1986; 1997; 2004; 2010) 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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