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Qatar is positioning itself to reduce its economic dependence on fossil fuels by supporting the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy. A key pillar of this journey is the support and development of a burgeoning research and development (R&D) movement. R&D demonstrates a long term dedication to a sector by investing in the technology and its future capabilities. In addition to directly developing the knowledge base of the sector, R&D activity supports the growth of related skills and capabilities among the existing and upcoming workforce, making it a key driver in creating a knowledge-based economy.

Research and development is performed both in-house at companies focusing on a specific technology/digital area, and at research institutions that may focus on a specific technology/digital area or have wider research portfolio.