The Foreign Investment Law contains provisions that, a branch of a foreign company can be registered in Qatar if that foreign company/ business has a legal contract in Qatar which is performing a specific project, which facilitates the performance of a public service or utility, in other words Government related.
Foreign companies registered under this category do not need a sponsor or Service agent and are 100% foreign owned. Branch Offices cannot, however, undertake any other commercial activity in Qatar outside the scope of the contract and the life of the branch is in effect, linked to the life of the contract. Consequently, the formation of Branch Offices is not that common and only suits a small number of ventures. Many foreign investors do not want the restriction of only trading within the confines of a given contract.