Science and Technology Park
2. Facilities and Services
3. Free Zone Benefits
4. Other Benefits and Incentives
5. Current Tenants
The Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP)
was established by Law No.36 for the year 2004, and is a home
for technology-based companies from around the world. It also
acts as an incubator for start-up enterprises. QSTP’s aim
is to spur the development of Qatar’s knowledge economy,
by providing the ideal location for companies to develop their
technology and deliver it to the marketplace. To achieve this
ambitious vision, QSTP is lead by a respected international Board
provides an environment of office and laboratory space, support
services, and programs, which help accelerate the commercialisation
process. QSTP is a “free zone”, making it easy and
attractive for foreign technology companies to come to Qatar.
And as part of the renowned Qatar Foundation, it helps connect
QSTP’s tenants with an array of world-class international
universities. By accelerating the country’s knowledge economy
QSTP is generating opportunities for Qatar’s scientists
and entrepreneurs, creating valuable new businesses, and promoting
a diversified and dynamic private sector.
QSTP’s vision is to be an internationally recognised hub
for research and commercialisation. QSTP is accomplishing this
by providing world-class infrastructure and services to tenant
organisations involved in the development and application of technology,
and by delivering support programs that foster start-up technology
companies. QSTP is focusing especially on technology development
most relevant to Qatar’s economy and needs: gas & petrochemicals,
healthcare, information & communication technologies, water
technologies, the environment and aircraft operations.
Facilities and Services
QSTP’s facilities and services are specifically designed
for the needs of technology-based companies. Large corporations
are provided with a home in the Innovation & Technology Transfer
Centres (ITTCs), while the Emerging Technology Centre (ETC) provides
a higher level of assistance for small-to-medium and start-up
companies. The ITTCs comprise a pair of two-storey buildings,
designed to accommodate both large-scale laboratory equipment
and impressive offices. The facility features state-of-the-art
IT and telecoms infrastructure, plus advanced security and access
The ETC houses QSTP’s “business incubator”,
and allows new ventures to get started easily and grow quickly.
The ETC is also the communal hub of the science park, hosting
cafes, display areas and service firms.
the last quarter of 2008, the first phase of Qatar Science and
Technology Park will be open for business and populated with tenants.
In the near future QSTP will become the home of the National Data
Centre, a new “Tier 4” facility which will be a major
component of Qatar’s IT infrastructure. Over the next decade
QSTP will add more multi-user buildings to its 120-hectare site,
and companies can also commission their own buildings through
QSTP’s “design and build” service.
Free Zone Benefits
QSTP is a Free Zone, making it easy and attractive to establish
a technology- based company in Qatar.
The Free Zone offers many benefits:
• Incorporate a local company, or operate as a branch of
a foreign company.
• 100 percent foreign ownership.
• Trade without local agent.
• Sponsor expatriate employees.
• No taxes.
• Duty-free import of goods and services.
• Unrestricted repatriation of capital and profits.
Other Benefits and Incentives
QSTP offers other compelling advantages, which make it the preferred
location in the Gulf for technology companies:
• QSTP is the only location in the region offering ready-to-occupy
laboratory space as well as firstrate offices. Companies are spared
enormous time and cost by leasing these facilities compared to
building their own.
• Education City’s universities are the leading academic
institutes in the region, and the only ones undertaking research
of international significance. Tenants have valuable access to
their faculty, equipment, and most importantly their highly qualified
• For entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises, QSTP is implementing
a raft of tangible support programs such as a venture capital
fund, mentoring, and human resourcing assistance.
• QSTP is a non-profit entity and does not seek to make
a commercial return. Yet its tenants still receive a highly professional,
• Being part of Qatar Foundation, QSTP is a prestigious
and prominent location and its tenants gain visibility in the
QSTP’s tenants as at year-end 2007 include world-renowned
names such as:
1. European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), who will
deliver training and certification programs for non-destructive
testing technologies, and internationally accredited training
courses in aircraft maintenance. It will also include other R&D
2. ExxonMobil, who will establish the ExxonMobil Research Qatar
center at QSTP to conduct LNG research.
3. Gartner Lee, will be developing and adapting its environmental
technologies to address Qatar’s needs in conjunction with
4. GE, whose Technology and Learning Center will deliver technical
training for Aviation and Energy customers while GE’s Global
Research Center, Oil and Gas, and Water divisions will undertake
research and development of technologies.
5. Microsoft, who is undertaking collaborative research into national
education, developing a new “Office
4. Kids” software suite, and developing training courses
specifically for the Qatar community.
6. Q-CERT, founded by ictQATAR in partnership with the CERT Program
of Carnegie Mellon University, will provide training on IT security,
assist in improving information security for critical portions
of Qatar’s infrastructure and develop new security technologies.
7. Rolls-Royce, who will design testing and maintenance facilities
for new marine and aeronautical applications for its highly successful
series of Trent gas turbine engines.
8. Shell, is looking at bringing a cutting-edge GTL R&D program
to Qatar. Shell will work on developing and implementing new technologies
to enhance production from oil and gas and a learning centre.
9. Total, will undertake R&D activities in five areas: multiphase
oil and gas production, carbonate reservoir modeling, acid gas
management, polymer production, and air-quality management.
10. ConocoPhillips, is looking at establishing a water sustainability
centre at QSTP. The centre will examine ways of treating and using
by-product water from oil production, refining operations and
other industrial and municipal projects.
Qatar Science & Technology Park
PO Box 5825
Tel: +974 492 7093
Fax: +974 481 2307
website - www.qstp.org.qa