Qatar was ranked among the top 25 most powerful countries as part of US News and World Report's "2019 Best Countries", in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, which surveyed more than 20,000 people on their opinions of 80 countries. The rankings look at a country's political and financial influences, as well as its international and alliances, the strength of its military and how it acts as an international leader. Qatar was ranked 24th worldwide, surpassing 56 countries on the list of 80 countries.
The businessman and former deputy chairman of Qatar Chamber, Abdulaziz Al Emadi said that the presence of Qatar in this list and surpassing 56 "powerful" countries confirms the success of the country in overcoming the blockade; thanks to the wise governmental policy adopted by His Highness the Amir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar.
He pointed out that Qatar has actually boosted its economy as it entered new markets. Qatar made new trade relations with many countries and adopted the strategy of self-sufficiency and economic independence. It also worked on making its economic legislation more open and flexible in addition to applying a comprehensive restructuring of the tourism sector. Significant support has been provided for national entrepreneurs as well as incentives to encourage foreign investment inflows into the country.
Source: Government of Qatar