Qatar is becoming the country's gross domestic product per capita the highest in the world, thanks to economic growth of 20% in 2011, according to estimates released Wednesday by the International Monetary Fund.
According to IMF data, this resource-rich emirate's oil and gas is the fight with Norway, another country that has built most of his wealth in oil, and Luxembourg, an international financial center in terms of GDP per capita.
The CIA believes that it is also about the level of Liechtenstein, which is not a member of the IMF.
In Qatar "GDP per capita is among the highest in the world", said the IMF in an annual report on the economy.
In 2010, according to a chart published in this report, Qatar was the third in this ranking. But according to new IMF projections, increasing by 20% the size of its economy in 2011, it will surpass Norway (2.5 to 3% expected growth) and Luxembourg (3.1%).
Its hydrocarbon sector, particularly liquefied petroleum gas, expected to prosper. And the rest of the economy would grow by 9.5% due to "a continued growth in manufacturing, a surge in construction, and sustained activity in the financial and administrative services, transport and communications "according to the Fund.
In previous global economic forecast published in October, the IMF estimated a 18.6% economic growth in Qatar in 2011.
The IMF estimated that the organization of the World Cup, awarded to the country in December, was not much in this growth.
"Much of the infrastructure spending related to the organization of the World Cup in 2022 had already been planned, that the candidacy of Qatar is successful or not, and are ongoing," he said.