General laws for setting up and operating a business establishment in Qatar

According to Commercial Companies Law No.5 (2002), a company must have its headquarters in Qatar. The company can take different forms, depending on its size, relationship between the participating entities, desired structure – singular, as part of larger group, or within a holding company etc. However, generally accepted types of companies that are allowed to operate in Qatar are:

  • Joint Company
  • Limited Partnership Company
  • Particular Partnership Company
  • Shareholding Company
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Equities Partnership Company

All the required documentation, conduct, procedures are all outlined in the Commercial Companies Law. In all legal contracts, the language used must be Arabic, and always, the Arabic version will take precedence over the English translation.