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Qatar, with its enticing souks, magnificent structures, extravagant malls, world-class museums and stunning natural beauty, is a true gem of the Middle East. And, unlike many of its neighbours, domestic tension is less prevalent. With a focus on education, international relations and a growing economy, the country offers one of the world’s highest standards of living. Qatar’s oil and gas reserves contribute to the majority of the nation’s economic growth and account for 92% of its exports, enabling it to attain the status as the richest country in the world. Recent investments in the nation’s manufacturing, construction and financial services sectors have also helped and they contribute to over half of its nominal GDP. The country’s natural reserves have long been an interest of the UK. As a result, several businesses and nearly 20,000 nationals have established residency in the hopes of capitalising on the nation’s monetary and cultural wealth. Likewise, the UK is the fourth largest exporter to Qatar and Qatar has invested more than £30 billion in investments in the UK. The increase in residents and businesses from around the world and the UK, as well as the large number of Qataris travelling to the UK, has also increased the demand for fast, reliable and competitive courier services to Qatar.
Qatar is within seven hours flying time from London and boasts a large English-speaking population. The country is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and the Persian Gulf on all other sides. It is also connected to Bahrain by a small strait. Qatar’s central location and world-wide interest has made it a prime travel destination as well as an alluring locale for expats and for foreign investment. While Qatar has a well-developed and maintained transportation infrastructure system, a more than £140 billion plan is in place to improve the roadways and the metro and light rail systems. The construction of a new port is also underway and most projects are to be near completion just in time for the 2022 World Cup. A new international Airport also opened in 2014 in the capital city of Doha and has helped expedite parcel delivery to Qatar.
The country’s projected economic growth and well-established tie with the UK is continuing to attract UK nationals and world-wide interest. As the nation’s cultural diversity has expanded, several companies have begun to offer competitive and cheap courier services to Qatar. However, some of the most cost-effective and trusted companies include MPD International and Parcelforce. With MPD’s International Drop-off service, it takes 3-5 days and costs as little as £28.32 including VAT to send a parcel to Qatar. Meanwhile, collection services from your home are offered with Parcelforce’s Global priority service for just £47.39 including VAT. [Prices correct as of 13/08/2015]