Company formation Qatar

Why Qatar?

Despite being a relatively small country, Qatar is one of the richest economies in the world based on GDP per capita and while petroleum and natural gas account for over 70% of total government revenue, its current primary focus is on the development of its non-energy related industries, such as petrochemical, real estate, financial services, education, health, sports and tourism.

Qatar is a country with a fast-growing economy and forward-thinking growth strategy that will undoubtedly provide diverse investment opportunities for businesses over the coming years. There are many multi-tiered investment opportunities that currently exist in Qatar, thanks to the country’s progressive economic policies and drive for infrastructure growth and revenue diversification.

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In November 2022, it will host the FIFA World Cup which will create a wealth of investment opportunities related to infrastructure, hospitality and leisure facilities, both during the event itself and beyond.

The North Field Expansion Gas Development Project, announced by Qatar Petroleum in 2017 has brought with it demand for businesses involved in shipping, logistics, local transportation and hospitality and the Qatar National Vision 2030 will ensure that the country continues to facilitate and incentivise foreign investment in many different areas.

Due to Qatar’s wealth of natural gas reserves and having solid infrastructure for the exporting of this commodity, there is no taxation on personal income, royalties, dividends, profits, property or capital gains in the country.

Qatar Company Setup & Registration

PRO Partner Group Qatar provides foreign investors with a complete Qatar company formation solution and this begins with identifying the correct legal entity or corporate service for your business.

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Cost to set up an LLC in Qatar

The costs will vary depending on where you choose to establish your licence. Setting up your business in a Free Zone offers advantages with 100% ownership but not necessarily office rental costs. QFC has an application fee and annual fee and you are required to take offices approved by QFC.

As per Qatari law, Limited Liability Companies are required to have a local Qatari partner who will own 51% of the company’s shares and the foreign partner will own the remaining 49%. The most common form of a mainland business is a LLC. The cost of setting up a mainland business depends upon various factors, including business activity, number of employees and commercial space. Read more >>

Timeline to set up a LLC in Qatar

The time taken to incorporate a LLC Company in Qatar depends greatly on the complexity of the business to be incorporated. A primary time factor in establishing a LLC, is whether or not the 49% shareholding is to be held by a ‘parent company’ or by ‘individual(s)’. At PRO Partner Group our experienced team of Consultants and Government Liaison Officers will ensure that the process is managed efficiently, whatever the size or scale of your business.

What commercial space is required for businesses to set up in Qatar

All operating companies in Qatar are required to have a commercial lease to obtain their Trade Licence. For LLCs wishing to set up a business in Qatar, they would need a physical office space. If talking about mainland, there is no requirement in terms of a minimum square-metres. Generally, a separate office space is required to avoid issues of obtaining a trade license - a flexi-desk will not suffice as this may cause issue.

How do I set up a company bank account in Qatar

Whilst bank account opening is not a mandatory requirement for new companies without staff, it is strongly advised that you look to open a local company bank account as soon as possible. It is beneficial not only for local business transactions but also once a company does have staff, they will be paid through the Wage Protection System (WPS) banking system. Failure to do so will result in a block against the company. There are many local Banks to choose from, most of which offer competitive commercial rates.

What are the Local Partner options in Qatar

As per Companies Law in Qatar, if you wish to set up a LLC, you will require a local partner. PRO Partner Group (PPG) Qatar (trading as Venture Partner Qatar – VPQ), as a 100% Qatari owned company, can act as a corporate nominee shareholder in the LLC. Having a corporate rather than individual Qatari partner offers numerous advantages and protections to the foreign investor. The corporate nominee model provides effective 100% control for the 49% shareholder over the day-to-day management of the LLC in Qatar – with full control of Revenue, P&L, staff, IP, assets and provides a clear sale/exit/transfer strategy if required.

Can I obtain 100% foreign ownership in Qatar

There are ways that a foreign party can own 100% of a business in Qatar. The Free Zones (QFZ and QFC) in Qatar allow for 100% ownership. It is also possible to own 100% in certain limited sectors in the mainland – e.g. agriculture, health care, education, industry, mining and minerals and so forth. Ministerial permission is required for this however, this is a time-consuming process. A Branch Office can also be set up with 100% ownership but it must be performing a government or quasi government contract. A Trade Representative Office is also possible and 100% foreign owned – but this type of entity cannot trade.

Conditions for FDI - Under Qatar’s Investment Law No. 13 of 2000, maximum investment limits are set at 49 per cent of a company’s capital. However, the law allows for 100 per cent ownership in certain special situations and with prior government approval. Foreign investments are not allowed in commercial agencies and purchase of real estate, banking and insurance companies unless authorised by a decision from the Minister. No branches can be established, but other contracts may be added to the same commercial registration. A commercial permit shall be issued with each contract.

Trade name registration in Qatar

The fee for reserving a trade name is QAR 1000, with an additional QAR 500 for names written in English and an extra QAR 1000 for trademark names.

Documents required for Qatar Trade licence

You can proceed to apply for a commercial permit or trade licence once the commercial registration has been issued. The permit is valid for a period of one year and is renewable.

The following documents are required:

  1. Copy of the identification card of the authorised person
  2. Rental agreement
  3. Copy of the commercial registration
  4. A signboard with the brand name, which should not exceed 120cm in height
  5. A copy of the commercial permit for the main branch, if applying for a branch
  6. Building completion certificate
  7. Payment of fees

The LLC documents will detail the following information - Company type, name, purpose, and office location

  1. Partners’ names, nationalities, residences, and addresses
  2. Amount of capital share of each partner, in-kind shares, their value
  3. Names and nationalities of company’s managers, whether they are partners, or if their names are mentioned in the incorporation documents of the company
  4. Names of the members of the supervisory board
  5. Duration of the company
  6. Distribution method of profits and losses
  7. Assignment of shares conditions
  8. Form to be followed in company’s notifications to the partners

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Company types in Qatar

PRO Services in Qatar

The duty of a Government Liaison Office, otherwise know a Public Relations Office (PRO) is to carry out Government related work for companies or individuals in the state of Qatar. Every company requires the services of a PRO, which include managing requirements of the ministries to set up a business, acquire trade licenses and assist with visa applications for staff and family members.

Outsourcing PRO services can offer advantages to new or existing companies, allowing businesses to focus on core activities, enhancing productivity and profitability. Read more

Business Support Services

  • Company Formation
  • PRO & Visa Services
  • Local Partner Services
  • Driving licence applications and assistance
  • Licencing & Registration Services
  • Share transfers assistance
  • Documentation Attestation Services
  • Corporate Structuring and Business Advice
  • HR Services
  • Payroll & WPS
  • Bookkeeping
  • Accountancy Services
  • Resident Manager Services
  • Compliance KYC & AML

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FAQs
What are the types of corporate entities allowed to set up in Qatar?

In Qatar there are a number of entity types possible to set up, the most popular are: Limited Liability Company (LLC) incorporated in the State of Qatar (mainland), Branch Office and Representative Office, LLC incorporated in Free Zones (QFZA & QSTP), LLC incorporated in Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), Joint Stock Company (JSC), and Holding Company.

How long will it take to set up an LLC in the State of Qatar (Mainland set up)?

Setting up a company in the State of Qatar under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is dependent on the type of entity required – there are different requirements and processes for each. This is also dependent on how efficiently the required documentation is appropriately collected, as this may cause a longer set up time. Generally, setting up a company in Qatar could take between 4-6 weeks.

Can a foreigner own 100% of a company in Qatar?

100% foreign ownership is permissible within the free zones and Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) jurisdiction in Qatar. It is also possible for foreign ownership in certain mainland sectors upon approval granted by the authorities. Branch Offices can also be set up under foreign ownership, but it must be performing a government contract. A Trade Representative office may also be foreign-owned, but cannot trade.

What are the conditions for foreign investment in Qatar for Mainland setups?

Foreign Direct Investment is limited to 49% of a company's capital. However, 100% ownership in certain situations and with government approval is allowed. Foreign investments (in mainland under MOCI) are not allowed, particularly in the purchase of real estate and commercial agencies, banking and insurance companies unless authorised by the Ministry.

How do I get a Trade License in Qatar for Mainland setups and how long is it valid for?

Once the commercial registration has been issued an application for a trade licence can be submitted. This trade licence will be valid for a period of at least one year and is renewable. The following documents are required:

  1. Identification documents of authorised person
  2. Rental agreement
  3. Commercial registration copy
  4. Signboard with brand name (not exceeding 120cm in height)
  5. Building completion certificate
  6. Fee payment
  7. Other documents, as required, depending on the list of business activities
How can PRO Partner Group assist?

For a detailed discussion on the requirements and timelines to set up a company in Qatar please contact a member of the PRO Partner Group team in Qatar on +974 4478 8765 email us at info@vpqatar.com. Alternatively, please complete the contact form below and we will be delighted to assist you.

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Field International Middle East

Field International Middle East

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WJ Groundwater Abu Dhabi

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Global Tech Hub

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Harley Street Medical Centre

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WT Partnership

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GMCS

GMCS

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Survival Systems International

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Ischebeck Titan

Ischebeck Titan

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Malaak

PRO Partner Group is our PRO Services provider for almost 2 years now and is always prompt in responding to our queries related to Government related transactions. They have been very helpful in various labor and immigration affairs we’ve had and provide the best solution or approach in the most cost effective way. Special thanks to their Government Liaison Specialist, Mary Ann for a job well done and making sure our visas, labor permits, government requirements are completed in a timely manner.”
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bfound

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Thorlux Lighting

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PORR AG

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Kaplan Genesis

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OCS International Finance

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Purpose

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Creating Retail Emotions

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Altron Middle East

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Charlotte Pipe and Foundry

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VIVO Sports Group

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Bridges Environmental Services LLC

Bridges Environmental Services LLC

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TRACS International Limited

TRACS International Limited

The team at Venture Partner Qatar provided me with consistent professional support throughout the entire company formation process. This included a constant communication channel that allowed me to have access to their team at any time. Their expertise allowed them to provide and implement great solutions to any issues that were faced. If you want to have a peace of mind during the company creation process, then use Venture Partner Qatar.
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Sparklean Qatar

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Tunnel Tech

Tunnel Tech

The team at Venture Partner Qatar were extremely accommodating and supportive when we used their services for share transfer and company restructuring in Qatar. VPQ staff were excellent at communicating information through the service, with clear instructions and solid information and next steps. I highly recommend Venture Partner Qatar as they are very professional and provide a great service.
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