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Exodus of professional workers reshaping Qatar

Layoffs may weigh on economy as businesses compete for custom of dwindling middle class

Doha

FIVE years ago, Samer Habib left the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and moved to Qatar where he opened a restaurant that turned a profit serving Lebanese salads and sandwiches to expats.

In June, the business folded. The European lawyers and Indian clerks who for years frequented

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