Who work harder – Qataris or non-Qataris? Can a survey settle this debate?
Some surveys answer questions, and some raise more.
According to a recent survey by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, Qatari individuals spend a daily average of 2 hours and 52 minutes in different income-generating activities, while non-Qataris spent 6 hours 42 minutes.
The ‘Time Use Survey’ is the first such survey conducted in Qatar to identify quality of life in the country, as well as types of activities individuals were engaged in throughout the day. The survey was conducted from 20 September, 2012 to 19 September, 2013 and comprised 16,574 persons (Qatari and non-Qatari).
According to the survey 38% Qataris were engaged in income-generating activities (49% males, 28% females), while 61% non-Qataris were engaged in the same.
Figures also revealed that Qataris spent more time on leisure and culture activities in a day (5 hours 17 minutes) which includes reading, watching TV, exercising, going on trips and socialising, than non-Qataris (3 hours 31 minutes).
The activities that had the least time spent during the day for both included prayers and education and learning (which includes time spent at schools and homework). Qatari nationals spent an average of 49 minutes for prayers and 1 hour 48 minutes for education and learning; non-Qataris spent even lesser time on both – 28 minutes for prayers, and only 25 minutes for education and learning.
The full survey can be viewed here.
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