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Qatar ministry shuts Land Rover showroom for ‘cheating customers’

In the fourth such incident over the past month, Qatar authorities have ordered the temporary closure of a vehicle showroom for allegedly selling customers damaged cars as new.



Call for health education reforms

Medical and educational experts yesterday stressed the need for patient oriented changes in health education in the presence of the Minister of Public Health H E Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani.


QIB profit grows 20pc to QR1.6bn

Qatar Islamic Bank’s (QIB) net profit attributable to the shareholders touched an impressive QR1.6bn for the full-year 2014, up 20 percent from a year ago.


Entry Regulations to the State of Qatar

Qatar grants tourist visas at border points for the nationals of more than 33 countries


Stiff penalty for delay in salary transfer

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has proposed strict penalties on employers who fail to transfer salaries of their employees to the bank within a maximum seven days from the due date.


Qatar forms Supreme Committee 2022

His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir issued the Emiri resolution No. 27 of 2011 to establish the Supreme Committee for Qatar 2022. The resolution provided that the Governing Council of the Supreme Committee for Qatar 2022 consists of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Crown Prince as president, HH Sheikh Jassem bin Hamad Al Thani, the personal representative of Emir as vice president and the membership of His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.


The official crime rate in Qatar is one of the lowest in the world, making it a desirable place to live in terms of safety. Strict laws and sever infringement penalties are an effective deterrent – the country imposes some of the highest fines for traffic violations in the world.

Restaurants in Doha

Economic Institution and Organization

Prohibited Items

In January 2010, The Supreme Council of Health banned the use and sale of Reductil Sibutramine (the anti-obesity pill). Medications including codeine, tranquilisers, some antidepressants and some sleeping pills are also banned.


Family Law

Family law is a mix of civil and Shariah law, and while matrimonial matters are accounted for in the constitution, the application of the law is unclear, and usually just comes down to the discretion of the judge.


Accomodation Options in Doha

Furnished hotel apartments can be convenient option for single people, short-term stays of those whose jobs requires lots of travel.



Being one of the main components of economic development in the country, the agricultural sector in the State of Qatar is getting a lot of attention from the government, who has been working hard to remove natural obstacles that impede horizontal extension of agriculture by supporting farmers and encouraging national investments in the agricultural sector.

The agricultural activity in Qatar focuses on developing modern irrigation systems, categorizing farms, improving the quality of agricultural production, introducing modern scientific and technological techniques such as protected and intensive farming in production operations, diversifying farming production patterns and enhancing guidance, organizational and monitoring mechanisms.



Police: if you are arrested or detained

Qatari police are known to be friendly and helpful, and for lacking the ego and pretension of some western authorities. They generally have a good command of English and are usually approachable – assuming you stay on the right side of the law.


Civil Law and Law Firms in Doha

The legal system in Qatar is based on civil law. A constitution came into effect on 8June 2005, which promised freedom and equality, and provides for a 45 member Maylis Al Shura. These functions are the Emir’s advisory council, two third of which are elected by the public with the remaining members appointed by the Emir. The first elections were held on 1 April 2007.

Hotels in Doha

Most of Doha’s five-star hotels are located in West Bay, which is the area that also has the most beaches. Occupancy rates in Doha’s hotels are generally very high, as visitor numbers (both business visitors and tourists) are increasing faster than new hotels can be built. There are also a number of good four, three and two-star hotels.



The most important strategic goals of the state of Qatar in the industrial field are to expand and optimize the utilization of the added value of the country's natural resources, besides diversifying the sources of income, especially from the industry in its capacity as the second mainstay of the Qatari economy; increasing the ratio of contribution of manufacturing industries in the gross domestic product (GDP); creating and spreading an industrial culture; accelerating the driving force behind sustainable development; upholding self-reliance and grasping the modern scientific and technological advances to increase the potential for competition and adaptation to the requirements of the export market.


Cost of Living

Visa and Sponsorship

Visa requirements for entering Qatar vary depending on your nationality and purpose of visit. Always check current regulations before traveling as details can change unexpectedly. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months and have at least one blank page. GCC nationals (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE) do not need a visa prior to visiting Qatar. Citizens of 33 countries are eligible for automatic visas on arrival: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA and Vatican City.




Useful websites

Oil and Gas

Qatar works hard to maintain its daily output capacity of 850 thousand barrels of crude oil while work is in progress on the North Gas Field development project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2010 and is estimated to produce more than 18 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per day.

The Qatari leadership also seeks to increase the output capacity of LNG to more than 60 million tons per year from the current level of about 18 million tons per year.

Apart from the four trains of gas liquids operating at present in Mesaieed, the future development projects of the north gas field will base their LNG plants in Ras Laffan Industrial City.
Natural gas liquids complex and oil refineries complex are 100% owned by QP.



Getting Qatari Documents

Health Card, ID Card, Driving License, Liquor License, ...


Working in Qatar

The lure of a tax-free income is hard to resist, and even though the glory days of supremely fat wages and endless benefits are over, there are still many reasons why working in Qatar is appealing. The country has enjoyed a booming period of growth over the last decade which is expected to continue, largely thanks to its rich reserves of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and in spite of the recent economic downturn.







List of Airlines

Trade in Qatar

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce pays a lot of attention to stimulate all sectors of economic activity; lay down the bases of economic freedom, fair competition and transparency; achieve commercial openness and enhance international cooperation.
The Ministry works to prepare a favorable investment atmosphere to attract local and foreign capitals and increase the confidence of investors in the worth of the Qatari economy.


Before you Leave the Country

Whether you’ve been here for months, years or decades, it is important that when the time comes to move on from Qatar you tie up all loose ends before you leave. Stories of ex-residents trying to depart without correctly closing bank accounts or loans only to be stopped from departing at the border have become more common over the last 18 months. Your company should help you with most formalities, but it is recommended that you follow a checklist to ensure you don’t get accused of “doing a runner”.



Government and ruling family

Qatar is governed by hereditary rule. The head of state is the Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who came to power in 1995. He has introduced many reforms and steered the country towards a more open and democratic system of government.

The Emir’s son, His Hishness Sheik Tamim bin hamad Al Thani, is the crown prince and heir apparent. A 2003 referendum saw a permanent constitution overwhelmingly approved by the local people. The Emir holds legislative and executive powers and he appoints a Council of Ministers by an emiri decree. The ead of this council is the prime minister and foreign minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr Al Thani (elected in 2007).





Qatar Investment Incentives

Qatar is blessed with a solid base of attractive investment package. It is a politically and socially stable country and production conditions favors the engagement in the vast power consuming industries in light of the fact that the country has the largest single concentration of non associated gas in the world, which has gained it a remarkable edge on economic advancement.


Social and Business Hours

The working week in Qatar runs from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday (the holy day for Muslims) and Saturday off. Some business offices choose to take only Friday off, or give an additional half day on Thursday. Government office hours are 06:00 to 14:00, matching those of Qatar Petroleum and most of the oil, gas and petrochemicals companies. Banks open from 07:30 until 13:00, although some branches, especially those located in shopping malls, also open in the evenings.


Qatar Economic Overview

Being a resident is one of the wealthiest countries on the world naturally has its fair share of benefits: the standard of living is high, the wages are better than average, and the weather is always warm. Shopping and dining choices are varied and excellent, and there is no shortage of things to do, especially if you live in the capital, Doha. High standards of healthcare and schooling and a low crime rate make Qatar a safe, pleasant environment to live in.


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