The Minister of Business and Trade’s Decision No142/2006 provides that foreign firms may open a representational office without a local partner. These offices cannot conduct any financial transactions related to the company’s activities in Qatar and are therefore tax exempt. The Representative Trade Office may be registered in the Commercial Registry and employ staff in its own name. It is commonly called a ‘shop window’ used to promote a foreign company in Qatar and introduce its products and services to Qatar.
The Trade Office cannot import, export or sell any product in the State of Qatar and cannot promote any product not produced by the company. The advantages of this type of entity are realised, potentially, in future sales after relationships have been made by the Representative Trade Office.