Nationalisation and Human Capacity Building in Qatar: A Study of Gaps and Challenges
Identical to many countries in the GCC region, Qatar’s labour force relies heavily on the use of expatriates to
underpin its growing economy. To overcome this problem, Qatar has introduced a nationalisation program (Qatarisation) to
promote and increase the employment of nationals and to regulate the use of expatriate workers. This paper is aiming to
examine the Qatarisation program and highlight some of the main challenges faced by employers implementing the
initiative. The findings of this study identified several key gaps as follows: rising youth unemployment, lack of employment
in private sector, pay disparity between private and public sector and high skill gap between graduates and employers
Keywords: Human Capacity Building, Qatarisation, Localisation, Employment, and Expatriates.