What are the licensing requirements of a foreign company contracting with the government in Qatar?
A foreign company branch contracting with the government shall comply with Qatar’s law on foreign investments and licensed by a ministerial decree issued under Law No. 13 of 2000 regulating non-Qatari capital in economic activities. Contracts with the State can be direct or indirect.
Capital and shares shall be at least QAR 10 million.
There are no conditions on the founders and trade names.
There is no requirement to submit articles of association but the project contract signed by the State or with the direct contractor must be attached.
The name of at least one manager must be entered.
Copies of signed contracts and the company’s headquarters registration must be attached.
No other branches can be established but other contracts may be added to the same commercial registration as a commercial permit will be issued for each contract.
Commercial registration duration is determined based on the contract signed between the government agency and the foreign company.
A branch of a foreign company can execute the activities permitted in the contract with the government agency only and are not entitled to execute any other activity.