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Doing Business in Qatar ( QNB 2009 Report )

Guidelines for Setting up a Business in Qatar

1. Setting up an Industrial Company in Qatar
2. Setting up a Company for Government Contracts
3. Setting up a Tourism Company in Qatar
4. Setting up a Healthcare Institution in Qatar
5. Setting up an Educational Institution in Qatar
6. Setting up a Trade Representative Office in Qatar
7. Setting up an Engineering Consultancy Office in Qatar
8. Setting up a Law Office in Qatar


The Qatar Investment Promotion Department (IPD) is a Government Authority, which operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce and is entrusted with encouraging the growth of Foreign Direct Investment in Qatar. IPD provides investors with extensive information related to the local business environment, including current investment projects, suitable business partners and government incentives. IPD also links investors with the local government agencies and informs them on how to set up a business in Qatar. Shown below are guidelines on how to set up certain businesses in Qatar, which were provided by the IPD:

1. Setting up an Industrial Company in Qatar
1. Apply for an Industrial License along with a feasibility study to the Department of Industrial Development at the Ministry of Energy and Industry.
2. Obtain a clearance from the Supreme Council of the Environment & Natural Reserves.
3. Submit a request to be exempted from local partnership to the Investment Promotion Department at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
4. Fill and certify the establishment contract form at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
5. Apply for a commercial registration at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
6. Obtain a commercial permit from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture.
7. Obtain a commercial registration number from the immigration office at the Ministry of Interior.

2. Setting up a Company for Government Contracts
1. Submit a request to be exempted from local partnership to the Investment Promotion Department at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, along with arabic translated certified copies of the following:
a) The signed contract between the applicant (the foreign firm) and the government agency.
b) A certificate or memorandum of association of the foreign firm.
c) A certified copy of the power of attorney for the nominated director in Qatar.
2. Apply for a commercial registration at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
3. Obtain a commercial permit from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture.
4. Obtain a commercial registration number from the immigration office at the Ministry of Interior.

3. Setting up a Tourism Company in Qatar
1. Submit a request along with a business proposition to be exempted from local partnership to the Investment Promotion Department at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
2. Obtain a clearance from the licensing department at the Qatar Tourism Authority.
3. Fill and certify the establishment contract form at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
4. Apply for a commercial registration at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
5. Obtain a commercial permit from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture.
6. Obtain a commercial registration number from the immigration office at the Ministry of Interior.

4. Setting up a Healthcare Institution in Qatar
1. Apply for a license to the Department of Medical Licensing at the National Health Authority.
2. Submit a request to be exempted from local partnership to the Investment Promotion Department at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
3. Fill and certify the establishment contract form at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
4. For a full service healthcare institution, apply for a commercial registration at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
5. Obtain a commercial permit from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture.
6. Obtain a commercial registration number from the immigration office at the Ministry of Interior.

5. Setting up an Educational Institution in Qatar
1. For K-12, obtain an approval from the Department of Private Education at the Ministry of Education; For Post Secondary Education, obtain an approval from the Higher Education Institute Department at the Supreme Education Council.
2. Submit a request to be exempted from local partnership to the Investment Promotion Department at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
3. Fill and certify the establishment contract form at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
4. Apply for a commercial registration at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
5. Obtain a commercial permit from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture.
6. Obtain a commercial registration number from the immigration office at the Ministry of Interior.

6. Setting up a Trade Representative Office in Qatar
1. Submit a request along with a certificate or memorandum of association of the parent company, and the certified power of attorney for the nominated manager in Qatar for the representative office, to the Investment Promotion Department at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
2. Apply for a commercial registration at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
3. Obtain a commercial permit from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture.
4. Obtain a commercial registration number from the immigration office at the Ministry of Interior.

7. Setting up an Engineering Consultancy Office in Qatar
1. Apply for a license to practice the proposed profession to the Engineering Acceptance Committee at the Urban Planning and Development Authority.

8. Setting up a Law Office in Qatar
1. Apply for a license to practice the proposed profession to the Lawyer Acceptance Committee at the Ministry of Justice.

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