Report: Many Qataris falling further into debt due to social pressure

More than 15 percent of Qatari households live in “relative poverty,” earning QR20,000 a month or less, according to a new study by experts at Qatar University.

The research, conducted by the university’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI), examined some of the pressures that can lead to indebtedness among citizens, despite the country’s external image as one of the richest states in the world.

Though differences between the wages of the “average” Qatari and expats have been reported on many times, the QU study focuses in detail on the perceived wealth within the Qatari community itself.