Working Lives: Qatar

Doha's skyline at night

Qatar is a country on the move. In a little under two decades, the tiny Gulf state has been transformed through an impressive investment programme funded by enormous oil and gas wealth.

For Working Lives, the BBC's Lyse Doucet travels to the capital Doha to meet five people living and working in a country that is now ranked as the wealthiest in the world.

Qatar Direct branding graphic

Dana Alfardan is the property-developing daughter of one of the richest families in Qatar who has set her sights on building her own business empire.

Working his way up from the bottom, Indian immigrant Niyas Maniyoth has gone from restaurant sandwich-maker to taxi driver to gold and jewellery trader.

Attracting workers from around the world, Qatar is also home to Niall Brennan, a British school director who runs the only wholly western-owned business in the country.

Qatar already hosts several high profile international sporting events but in 2022, it will be the centre of the world's attention as the host of the World Cup. Lyse talks to Nasser Al-Khater, who's on the committee responsible for organising the tournament.

Lyse also meets Buthaina Al-Ansari, the Qatari businesswoman trying to break the mould of male-only executives in Qatar's corporate world.

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