How to start a new business in Qatar?

How to start a new business in Qatar

Qatar is a country in the Peninsula Arabia region. Known for its lavish lifestyle and technologically advanced cities, Qatar can be the perfect place for you to begin your business. Moreover, with its vast community of expatriate workers, you will never be out of place in Qatar. Furthermore, as a globally recognized business hub, Qatar is the perfect place for you to learn. Which is useful in order to grow and develop your business. Qatar also ranks very high on the global scale in terms of human development and economic growth. So, it’s time for you to take advantage of all the options before you and begin your incorporation journey in Qatar.

Other good reasons to set up your business in Qatar is the tax-free policy the government practices for corporations as well as the fact that you can own up to 49% of your company in Qatar.

We understand your excitement towards beginning your incorporation journey. However, before you begin, it is always a good idea to observe market trends in the economy. From this you will be able to discern what current business types are trending. This will be extremely helpful when you begin your new business.

If you’re on the lookout for help with registering your company in Qatar, do contact us. Here at S & F Consulting, we are a business consultancy agency. With over 7 years of expertise as well as being officially registered agents in Qatar, we are more than qualified to help you register your business, today!

If you would like an in-depth article regarding company formation in Qatar, do have a look here.

Before starting your business, it is imperative that you make a decision on what legal structure your business or corporation is to take. Currently Qatar has seven types of legal structures.

Fortunately, whichever structure you choose, you will find out that they have very similar steps in order to be registered. However, if you are starting completely anew, we suggest you register as a simple partnership company first, as this requires the least amount of startup capital.

Do note that all submissions will be have to be made to the Ministry of Economics and Commerce (MEC) of Qatar.

Steps to starting a Simple Partnership Company in Qatar

Step 1- Local Partner

For this initial step, you will have to ensure that you have at least one partner who is a Qatar national. As this is mandated by the law.

Step 2- Business name

The next step to registering is to decide on your business name. Do note that you have to adhere to the following regulations regarding the name.

  • The name must be unique, i.e. it should have no similarities to the names of pre-existing businesses.
  • The name should not have anything considered inappropriate or offensive in Qatar.
  • Unless you have prior permission, the name should contain the name of at least one of the owners.

Step 3- Memorandum of Association

Now you will have to draft and submit your memorandum of association. This will need the following details:

  • Business name
  • Details of partners/owners
  • Details of business activities
  • Copies of identification of all partners/owners

Once you have all documents prepared, you may submit them with a filled application form at the nearest branch office of the MEC. If your application is successful, you will get your business license within 7 working days.

As you can see, starting up a business in Qatar is a relatively simple process. However, if you have any doubts or reservations, do contact one of the friendly members of our customer service team. They are online 24/7 and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the rate of business tax in Qatar?

As of 2019, the Qatar government imposes no business tax.

Why should I choose S & F Consulting?

S & F Consulting is a business consultancy group. If you’re a foreign national looking to establish your company in the country of your choice, we are here to help you. With over 7 years of successful business registrations, our priority is your happiness. So, with whatever need you may have, do consider coming to us.

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