Looking for a fast, reliable, affordable solution to incorporate your business in Qatar?

RCH is assisting businesses enter, operate and grow in emerging markets. We advise a wide range of clients, including large multinationals, family owned enterprises and entrepreneurs on establishing corporate structures, corporate governance or compliance issues.

RCH can provide a corporate local shareholder/partner tailored to the profile of any foreign company that requires this service. Our experts typically examine each client’s corporate requirement and advice on the most appropriate structure across the following categories of incorporation:

For companies wanting to establish their commercial presence in Qatar there are a few structural options with the most common being:

  • Limited Liability Company ( LLC) in which case the entity must have one or more national partners whose share in the company capital must not be less than 51%. Here must be noted that the parties' profit share do not necessarily have to reflect their equity stake. Therefore, foreign investors wishing to establish business operations in Qatar engaged in most of the commercial business activities must do so with a partner who is a Qatari national. RCH Consulting comes with a unique solution and can help you setup your commercial presence in Qatar in less than two weeks.
  • Branch Offices

    If you are a foreign company executing a specific contract in Qatar, you may establish a Branch Office. In this case, there is no need for a Qatari partner. The contract however, must facilitate the performance of a public service or utility:

    • Branch offices are only entitled to perform the specific contract for which it is registered
    • Branch offices must be authorized by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce
    • Branch offices are fully taxable unless granted a special exemption
    • There is no share capital requirements for a Branch office
  • Trade Representative offices

    If your foreign company is looking for exposure in the Qatari market, you may want to set-up a Trade Representative Office. This type of representation is useful in promoting a foreign company and introducing your products to Qatari companies as a non-trading shop. The Trade Representative Office cannot export, import or sell in the State of Qatar. You are also not permitted to contact the end customer directly or promote products that are not manufactured by your company.

    You should also be aware that:

    • Personnel from your Trade Representative office can contact a client or exporter to acquaint them with their foreign establishment
    • Trade Representative offices can be beneficial in reducing difficulties related to distribution
    • Trade Representative offices can act as a liaison between foreign offices and Qatar to better understand the market and therefore conduct marketing more appropriately
    • Trade Representative offices are subject to Ministerial approval
    • There is no share capital requirements for a Trade Representative office

Generally, all licenses are issued by Ministry of Business and Trade. However, licenses for some categories of business require approval from certain ministries and other authorities e.g.:

  • Industrial Companies- must have approval from Ministry of Energy and Industry
  • Law Office Companies- must have approval from the Ministry of Justice
  • Education Institutions- must have approval from the Ministry of Education
  • Healthcare entities- must have approval from the Ministry of Health
  • Tourism Companies- must have approval from Qatar Tourism Authority
  • Engineering Consultancy Office- must have approval from Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture

If you are interested in moving forward with a company formation application, call us and speak with one of our consultants today!

Company Incorporation:

Many individuals around the world are planning to come to Qatar to work. Navigating through the immigration process and understanding which visa you may qualify for can be quite difficult and confusing. It is important to understand that each visa category in Qatar has different requirements, conditions, and authorized length of stays.

Usually the first step in obtaining a work visa for Qatar is to interview for a position. Once a Qatari employer offers you the position and agrees to sponsor your work visa, then you and your employer may begin moving forward in the immigration process.

If an employer is willing to sponsor you, they generally already have an immigration agent like RCH that they work with to prepare work visa applications. However, if your sponsoring employer does not currently have an established relationship with an immigration agency, feel free to contact RCH and we can help you get the process started. The work visa application that you and your employer will apply for will depend on various factors. Applying for a work visa is a very complicated process that usually involves multiple steps, forms, and extensive documentation. Expats must stay in the country during the period between arrival and the conversion from the entry visa to the residence permit.

If you are interested in moving forward with an employment based application, call us and speak with one of our consultants today!

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