Thinking of doing  business in Qatar? Here’s a quick guide for you

Thinking of doing business in Qatar? Here’s a quick guide for you

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

If doing a business in your own country requires a lot of study and planning, what does it take to do it in a foreign country like Qatar? It’s double the stress and effort!

So before you traipse into the Gulf state and fill out paperwork, immerse yourself first, as best you can, in the country. Take time to research, seek trusted counsel, and navigate the ins and outs of moving abroad.

Don’t immediately back out only because opening a business abroad is difficult. Just be mindful of the things that you need to know and get a grasp on everything you will need to learn. Once you do, you will realize that doing business in countries like Qatar isn’t really as hard as you thought.

We’ve rounded up some pointers that will help you get started.

 

1. Important Facts

First thing’s first: Learn about the facts. Qatar is one of the smallest Gulf states, covering an area of about 11,500 square kilometers. At present, it has an estimated population of 2.69 million, making it the 143rd most populous country on earth.

The country boasts huge natural gas reserves, and also invests heavily in health, education, infrastructure, and technology. Its official language is Arabic, but English is usually the preferred language within business circles. According to Qatar's Constitution, Sharia law is the main source of Qatari legislation.

 

2. Foreign Relations

It also makes sense to know about Qatar’s key trading partners—the United Kingdom is one. The UK serves as the Gulf’s second biggest trade partner for imports (a notable 9.20% overall imports).
British imports mainly consist of industrial equipment, electrical, car and power generation equipment. The value of the UK's invisible exports—legal, financial and consultancy services—to Qatar also reached just short of half-a-billion pounds in 2010.

 

3. Business Etiquette

Of course, it’s also crucial to discern common business etiquette. At the top of the list is showing and receiving hospitality. Expats shouldn’t refuse any food or beverage offered to them during meetings. They should have at least one cup of gahwa or Arabian coffee in line with the Qatari custom.
It’s also a good idea to practice learning a few phrases in Arabic. Qataris appreciate it when business partners know, or try to know, a bit of their language. Additionally, exchanging business cards is common, and it’s advisable that one side should be printed in Arabic.

 

4. Cultural Awareness

When an expat dips his or her toe into Qatar, it is expected that they learn about the land’s culture and customs, at least to a basic degree. Many Arab customs such as dress code and greetings should be properly embraced to avoid disappointing Qataris.

Business attire for men is typically a suit, while women are expected to cover their elbows and knees. Expatriates are also expected to treat women with the utmost respect. For example, as a man, shaking a woman’s hand is vetoed unless she offers to do so.

 

We hope this info has helped you. If you are currently planning to look for a job, feel free to comment on the article or browse through www.qatarliving.com/jobs.

 

 

Image credits:

Cover image - cudoo.com; inline image 1 - welcomeqatar.com, 2 - Getty Images, 3 - abudhabiculture.com, 4 - expatwoman.com.

By PRETHIBA HELPLINE• 1 year 6 months ago.
PRETHIBA HELPLINE

HELPLINE GROUP

We are a leading & pioneer in international business consultancy company providing comprehensive solutions & end-to-end services for our clients in company formation & setting up Small & Medium Enterprises.

We offer Company Formation Legal Processes like

§ Corporate Sponsorship

§ Product Registration

§ Accounting & Auditing Assistance

§ Feasibility Study & Market Research

§ Classification & ICV Certificate

§ Company formation in Mainland/ Offshore / Free Zone / QFC

We are also into other relevant service like

§ PRO Services

§ Legal Translation

§ Certificate Attestation

§ Immigration Consulting

Trademark registration

§ Recruitment Services

Helpline Group assures safety & confidentiality to all services we undertake for our clients.

For further Info reach us at

Mobile : +974 30254006

Email: prethiba@qatarhelplinegroup.com

Web : www.qatarhelplinegroup.com

By mohdata• 4 years 5 months ago.
mohdata

haha why so serious kamran? take it easy; here, have some qahwa :-)

By kamran8t2• 4 years 5 months ago.
kamran8t2

THIS IS NOT A GUIDE TO START A BUSINESS IN QATAR ... This is just the information how to stay in Qatar and interact with Qataris. Either you change the topic title or input the right information .. what and where to go and how to start a business in Qatar ...

Thanks

Kamran.

By mohdata• 4 years 5 months ago.
mohdata

ok; that's the soft bit of it done; now, for a part two where you go through the actual process of setting up a business in qatar; you know, the practical bits like the minimum capital investment one would need or a short guide through the various ministries and administrative procedures and licenses and what not. Best of luck if you do decide to take up that challenging part two :-)

Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Trendy ice creams to try in Qatar

Trendy ice creams to try in Qatar

This summer 2022, try out the most trending ice creams in Qatar. Check out the ones listed here!
Things you can buy at Dragon Mart

Things you can buy at Dragon Mart

Right from a pin to a variety of unique furniture, Dragon Mart has it all. Visit Dragon mart this Eid Al Adha 2022 and shop to your heart's delight.
Restaurants with live music in Qatar

Restaurants with live music in Qatar

With the gastronomical journey elevating its standards in the country, we're always on the look for new and exciting finds in Qatar. Good food, good company, and good music is a combo that we all love - here's a round-up of some restaurants in Qatar that play live music
5 Air Conditioned Open Spaces in Doha

5 Air Conditioned Open Spaces in Doha

Qatar is one of the world's fastest-warming regions with fierce heat. With temperatures soaring to (enter temp) usually, certain activities tend to become a tedious task - especially if outdoors. But, life must go on and we are witnessing Qatar aim to air-condition the outdoor marketplaces, streets, and even outdoor malls, so we can enjoy a nice breeze during activities. Here are some spots to keep an eye out for especially during the summer.
Go swimming in your local pool in Qatar

Go swimming in your local pool in Qatar

Beat the heat this summer and enjoy your holidays in these swimming pools in Qatar
Places to buy fruit cakes in Qatar

Places to buy fruit cakes in Qatar

Wondering where to buy the best fruit cakes in Qatar? Here are some of the best places you can get fruit cakes from.
Entertainment centers for kids in Qatar

Entertainment centers for kids in Qatar

Wondering where to take your kids this summer? Here's a fun list of entertainment centers for kids in Qatar!
Reasons to visit Al Wakra Central Market in Qatar

Reasons to visit Al Wakra Central Market in Qatar

The Al Wakra Central Market offers livestock and fodder, in addition to a variety of traditional items, fruits & vegetables, accessories, and so much more!