Qatar tourist arrivals

DOHA: Almost three million people visited Qatar in 2015, a record number for the energy-rich Gulf country, its tourism authority said on Sunday. A total of 2.93 million people travelled to Qatar last year for a holiday, business or personal reasons, according to figures in an annual report released by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA). That represented an increase of almost four per cent on 2014, at a time when the country is looking to diversify its economy away from its reliance on gas and oil, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of GDP. —