Payments and e-commerce in Qatar

Discover how Qatari like to shop and pay online

According to a report by Qatar’s Chamber of Commerce, Qataris spend more online, per capita, than the citizens of any other country in the Middle East [1]. The country also has the fastest average Internet speed in the region [1]. And between 2022 and 2025, the country’s e-commerce market is expected to grow at a rate of around 15% a year [2].

For the region, the country has a high rate of financial inclusion. Almost 70% of Qataris have a bank account. But that still leaves many consumers reliant on alternative and locally preferred Qatari payment methods. The country’s government is heavily promoting digital and cashless payment, with the first local digital-payment licenses issued in the summer of 2022 [3].

  1. Report on E-Commerce in the State of Qatar “Challenges & Solutions”, Qatar Chamber of Commerce, August 2021
  2. https://www.statista.com/outlook/dmo/ecommerce/qatar
  3. https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/08/qatar-issues-first-digital-payment-licenses-fintech-providers

Qatar

General Information

  • Population 2.9 m
  • Population 15 + 2.5 m
  • Online Population 2.9 m
  • Area 11,571 km2
  • Currency QAR
  • GDP 169.2 bn $US
  • GDP per Capita 57,732 $US
Banked population
  • Qatar 68%
  • Middle East & Africa 46%
  • World 67%
Credit card penetration
  • Qatar 35%
  • Middle East & Africa 8%
  • World 19%
Internet penetration
  • Qatar 99%
  • Middle East & Africa 47%
  • World 62%
Smartphone penetration
  • Qatar 84%
  • Middle East & Africa 43%
  • World 70%

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Qatar

Local Payment Methods

BitPay Type Cryptocurrency Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Hyperwallet Type Bank transfer, Gift card, Prepaid voucher Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High PayPal Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High Paysera Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High Skrill Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High Allied Wallet Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High UnionPay SecurePay Type Local payment card Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High DaoPay Type Carrier billing Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High Google Pay Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High Mobiamo Type Carrier billing Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High Razer Gold Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High SWIFT Type Bank transfer Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance High CASHU Type Wallet Regions Middle East & Africa Market relevance Medium OneCard Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa Market relevance Medium Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance Medium Boloro Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 G2A Pay Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Market relevance Medium NETELLER Type Wallet Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3 Splitit Type Instalments Regions Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & the CIS, Middle East & Africa + 3

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