More recreation and less work for some in Qatar

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The average Qatari spends barely a tenth of his day on income generating activities, while an expatriate slogs two-and-a-half times more.

An official survey shows that the average Qatari devotes only two hours and 52 minutes a day to income-generating activities, which is 11.9 percent of his 24-hours. On the other hand, this average for the expatriate is nearly two-and-a-half times more: Six hours and 42 minutes (or 27.9 percent of his 24-hours).

On recreation and culture a Qatari on average spends much more time (five hours and 17 minutes a day, or 22 percent of his day). The expatriate spends barely three hours and 31 minutes a day, or 14.6 percent of his 24-hour routine, on recreation and culture.

Income-generating activities include working for wage/salary, providing employment to others as well as self-employment.

Recreation and culture include watching TV, reading books, surfing the Internet, travelling, pursuing hobbies and visiting relatives.

Qatari men on average spend a little more time on recreation (five hours and 32 minutes, or 23 percent of their day) than their women (who spend five hours and three minutes, or 21 percent of their day on it).

Qataris spend one hour and eight minutes a day on education and learning, while this duration for expatriates is barely 25 minutes (probably because of large number of single workers).

On household chores like washing, cleaning, cooking, shopping and caring for children and elderly, Qatari men spend two hours 37 minutes a day. This average for non-Qataris is two hours and five minutes. A Qatari on average devoted 49 minutes a day to prayers, while expatriates spent almost half that time (28 minutes) on it.

However, both the categories of the people spent nearly half their day on sleeping and personal care: 11 hours and 18 minutes for Qataris, and 10 hours and 51 minutes for non-Qataris.

A ‘Time use’ survey conducted by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics reveals the above and other interesting details.

The survey was carried out for the first time in the country from September 20, 2012 to September 19, 2013, said the Ministry in its findings. The survey was carried out on a sample of 16,574 people aged 15 and above.