Why Qatar’s population soars by 40% since World Cup win?

Qatar’s population has rocketed by nearly 40 percent since the Gulf state was awarded the 2022 World Cup four years ago, it was reported on Monday.

According to official government figures, the number of people living in Qatar at the end of November was 2,269,672, an increase of 53,000 on the month-earlier figure.

The new figure puts the population at an all-time high and has expanded by some 632,000 people since the World Cup award in December 2010, Doha News reported.

Qatar’s population has been rising as the country hires more foreign workers to build big infrastructure projects.

Key infrastructure projects like the Doha Metro, roadworks like the Lusail Expressway and real estate developments like the Msheireb project are now well underway.

On Sunday, it was reported that the total value of remittances from expats in Qatar increased six-fold between 2008 and 2013, 20 times the rate of population growth.

Foreign workers transferred QR40.55bn ($11.13bn) in 2013, compared to QR9.54bn ($5.4bn) in 2008. During the same period, the expat population grew from 1.55 million to 2.04 million.