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Exploring the benefits of establishing a Company in Qatar.

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

Qatar is one of the richest nations in the world, with the fourth-highest GDP per capita, an average inflation rate of 1%, and low tax rates. The affluent Qatari markets offer opportunities to start businesses across a wide range of sectors. The State of Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup tournament has left a great legacy for Qatar and its people and is in line with Qatar's National Vision 2030, which is a roadmap towards becoming an advanced society capable of sustainable development with the goal of providing a high standard of living for all citizens by the year 2030.

Due to our exponential annual increase in FDI projects, Qatar is ranked as the world leader in luring foreign direct investment according to the FDI Intelligence Standouts Watchlist 2023. Forecasted economic growth is 3.4%. Qatar's economy has strengthened significantly as a result of its political stability and investor-friendly policies. The establishment of a new foreign investment law that offers better protection to international investors is one of the reforms the government has implemented to make doing business in the nation easier.

This could also be a contributing factor as to why many business owners and entrepreneurs want to launch a firm in Qatar. The Qatari government constantly seeks ways to improve the business environment in this country,making it a lucrative market for entrepreneurs and investors.

Procedures for opening a company in Qatar

Open a branch or form a new business entity if a foreign firm wants to establish itself in Qatar. Foreign corporations must designate a representative in order to conduct business.

Registering a business before establishment in Qatar.

Company registration: The investor can register the company, secure a trade name, but they cannot begin operations or hire staff until they have a commercial license. An investor can register their businesses using the company trade name, commercial registration, and commercial permit.

  1. Reserve a company name with the Commercial Registry and Trademark Department;

  2. Open a bank account and deposit the paid-up capital;

  3. Draw up the articles of association and submit them for approval to the Commercial Companies Control Department;

  4. Authenticate the Articles of Association;

The following should be included in these articles of association:

  • The name of the company is followed by "limited liability company."

  • Address of the corporate offices

  • objectives of the business

  • Term of the business

  • Capital of the business and an explanation of shares issued in kind

  • Transfer restrictions for shares (in case of companies only)

  • the owners' names, nationalities, and addresses (in case of companies only)

  • methods of sharing losses and profits among partners

  • names of the company's officials

  • capital structure

5. Submit the documents and register with the commercial registry belonging to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

6. Register for tax purposes and make a company seal;

7. A trade license and a signage license are obtained from the Municipality of Doha. Other special permits and licenses may be needed, as per the company’s activities.

8. Computer card, which is essentially a document that indicates the signing authority, is required to hire the employees and issue a residency permit.

Importance of a Business Plan for Company Formation

  • The primary goal of a business plan is to determine the structure of the company over time. You will be able to see what needs to be done to move forward on the correct path once you have successfully identified a company's primary goals.

  • According to experts, a thorough business strategy provides information about the likelihood that the enterprise will be profitable. Also new companies can attract the investors and obtain the fund needed to launch the project by providing data, facts, figures, and detailed plans.

  • Including future trends in the business plan is an efficient way to prepare for potential market changes. This will help you move in the correct direction and guide you as you take the necessary actions to expand your company

Type of Business in Qatar

  • General Partnership Company

  • Joint Partnership Company

  • Limited share partnership company

  • Limited Liability Company

  • Share Holding Company

  • Branch office of a foreign company

  • Public Shareholding company

The limited liability company is the most popular business structure used by most business owners in Qatar. (LLCs).

The following details pertain to LLC in Qatar:

A limited liability company has a minimum of two and a maximum of fifty partners.

There must be a minimum of three participants. Equal amounts of the shares are allocated to each. The partners can exercise their right to control the management of the business through a supervisory board made up of at least three partners.

Having a limited liability corporation has benefits

  • Easy formation procedures.

  • Partners are responsible only to the extent of their shares in the capital.

  • Engagement is limited to natural persons excluding legal persons.

  • In a fiscal year, an LLC is assessed a 10% company tax on its overall profits.



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