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This week on Marketplace Middle East

Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Qatar has seen GDP jump 16 percent, mainly off the back of its natural gas reserves
  • Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister on the nation's rapid growth
  • Plus, a look at qat, one of the mainstays of Yemen's economy, which is draining water supplies

(CNN) -- FACETIME: Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister, Qatar

With its wealth of natural gas supplies, extensive plans for diversification and steady growth rate, Qatar has been flexing its economic muscle.

Despite the global economic downturn the tiny state has seen GDP jump 16 percent, mainly off the back of its natural gas reserves. This week, MME talks to Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister, about the country's rapid rate of growth.

IN FOCUS: A qat economy

The wealth gap in the Middle East and Africa is indeed a wide one. From Qatar with a per capita income of over $87,000 to Yemen with just around $2,500 per capita. This week, MME takes a look at one of the mainstays of Yemen's economy, which is draining the country's already depleting water supplies.

Watch the show this week at the times (GMT) below:

Friday: 0915, 1745
Saturday: 0445
Sunday: 0615,1745