A Vision For The Future
Qatar is an independent, sovereign Arab state. It is an Islamic country, and Arabic is the official language, yet English is widely spoken. Due to its oil and gas reserves, strategic location and leadership, it has gained global prominence. Over the past few decades, Qatar has experienced substantial economic growth, which has transformed it into one of the wealthiest countries in the world.
Qatar’s wise leadership believed that the country’s economic and social development needed a well-defined strategy and road map to be followed collectively. Thus, Qatar National Vision 2030 was born in 2008 during the reign of His Highness, the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani. The ultimate goal of this vision is to use the country’s wealth and resources to achieve a high level of prosperity for all citizens. The Qatar National Vision aims at transforming Qatar into an advanced country by 2030, capable of sustaining its own development and providing for a high standard of living for all of its people for generations to come. The vision has four main pillars: human development, social development, economic development and environmental development.
Qatar has been blessed with a wealth of natural resources; however, societies do not flourish only on their citizens’ high standards of living. Qatar addressed five major challenges in its vision in order to achieve its desired prosperity:
- Preserving the balance between its cultural traditions and global modernization, especially with the rapid population growth in the past decade.
- Achieving intergenerational justice, which requires finding the right balance by meeting the needs of today’s generation without jeopardizing future generations’ needs. This can be accomplished through the conservation of finite natural resources and the generation of new sources of renewable wealth.
- Maintaining its rapid economic growth and controlling its expansion without depleting its resources.
- Balancing the high ratio of expatriates to locals.
- Ensuring economic growth, social development and environmental management.
The Four Pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030
1. Human Development
Human development is the core of any civilization. Therefore, Qatar recognizes that its desired future lies in its citizens, so human development entails:
- Providing world-class education to prepare subsequent generations to the highest international standards
- Maintaining a physically and mentally healthy population through a strong health care system that caters to the entire populace
- Developing a capable and motivated workforce to manage the complex systems, infrastructure, and other requirements of a rapidly growing, diversifying and technologically sophisticated economy.
2. Social Development
Family stability and safety are crucial to any society’s development. Thus, Qatar aspires to develop the social dimensions of its society by nurturing Qatari citizens to be capable of dealing effectively and flexibly with the requirements of the age they live in by preserving a strong, cohesive family that enjoys support, care and social protection.
3. Economic Development
Qatar has been blessed with natural resources, which has resulted in its significant, rapid economic growth. Sustaining this prosperity over the long term requires wise management of its finite resources to ensure that future generations inherit ample means to meet their aspirations through the responsible exploitation of oil and gas and suitable economic diversification.
4. Environmental Development
Natural preservation is increasingly crucial as Qatar seeks a balance between economic growth, social development and environmental protection. Therefore, policies and regulations have been developed to preserve the environment, especially in critical areas facing Qatar, such as the impact of diminishing water and hydrocarbon resources and the effects of pollution and environmental degradation. International environmental concerns include the potential impact of global warming on sea levels in Qatar and therefore on coastal urban development.
Overall, the Qatar National Vision 2030 provides a roadmap to transform Qatar into a developed country by 2030 through the collaboration of all its governmental and non-governmental entities. With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 approaching, Qatar is keen to achieve its aspiration to ensure that the vision is achieved perfectly. This is not only a vision for Qatar—it is a vision for the future.
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