Generalizes on the best strategy to enter the market, e.g., visiting the country; importance of relationships to finding a good partner; use of agents.
If you are a new-to-export company, contact your local U.S. Commercial Service office first for free export counseling and a balanced assessment of your company’s potential for success overseas, including in Qatar.
- Come visit: As in many Middle Eastern countries, personal engagement with potential agents and partners is key to successfully conducting business in Qatar. Before booking travel, please confirm you meet entry requirements with the Qatari government, particularly given strict testing, quarantine, and pre-arrival entry permit requirements due to Covid-19.
- Get a lawyer: Acquiring good legal representation in Qatar is an important first step to entering the market. Hiring a lawyer is especially important before concluding commercial agreements to ensure U.S. businesses have the necessary legal protections. Occasionally, American firms report difficulties, including delayed payments with their local business partners once their company starts making a profit. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of law firms currently operating in Qatar.
- Feasibility study: U.S. firms already established in the market recommend that new entrants carefully conduct a feasibility study. This study should be based on factors such as existing competition, market channels and local tastes. The Commercial Service offers various industry market research reports, as well as Customized Market Research that can form a strong basis for a viable feasibility study. Please contact the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Doha for more information.
- Vet partners: The Commercial Section at the U.S. Embassy offers several services to help you thoroughly vet and identify prospective Qatari business partners. These services include the International Company Profile, the International Partner Search, and the Gold Key Service. These services are described here in more detail: U.S. Commercial Service Qatar.
- Maintain independence: Having a reliable local partner can mean the difference between success and failure in Qatar. While local partners are an indispensable part of a market entry strategy, U.S. firms should be sure to check with subject matter experts locally on specific and technical areas that may be outside the local partner’s area of expertise.
- Adapt: Successful U.S., European, and other foreign companies understand that doing business internationally always creates challenges and doing business in Qatar is no exception. Learn to live with new procedures and laws by injecting a healthy dose of flexibility into your business plan. The Commercial Service suggests U.S. firms insist on payment by letter of credit to avoid costly payment delays.
Ooredoo Group is one of the world’s largest mobile telecommunication companies, with a customer base of 115 million across ten markets, including: Algeria (33% of the market), Indonesia (22%), Iraq (37%), Kuwait (32%), Myanmar (18%), the Maldives (50%), Oman (43%), the West Bank and Gaza (30%), and Tunisia (41%). Over two thirds of Qatari residents use Ooredoo. Ooredoo Group is 68% owned by the Qatari government, with the remaining share listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
Vodafone Global Enterprise division provides telecommunications and IT services to multinational corporate clients in over 65 countries, partly owned by the Qatar Foundation.
Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier of Qatar. Headquartered in the Qatar Airways Tower in Doha, it operates a hub-and-spoke network, linking over 173 international destinations from its base in Doha, using a fleet of over 235 aircraft.
Hamad International Airport
Formerly known as New Doha International Airport (NDIA), Hamad International Airport opened in April 2014. It has become a major international gateway to the region and is currently undergoing a major expansion, expected to be operational by Fall 2022.
Mowasalat, popularly known as the “The Transport Company” in Qatar, started its activities by providing land transport services and solutions in October 2004.
Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation “Kahramaa” is the sole transmission and distribution system owner and operator (TDSOO) for the electricity and water sector in Qatar.
Bilateral Business Councils
American Arab Chamber of Commerce
12740 West Warren, Suite 101
Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone: (313) 945-1700
Fax: (313) 945-6697
Contact: Fay Beydoun, Executive Director
U.S.-Qatar Business Council
1220 L Street NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 457-8555
Fax: (202) 457-1919
Contact: Mohammed Barakat, Managing Director & Treasurer of the Board of Directors
National U.S. -Arab Chamber of Commerce
Main Office – Washington, D.C.:
1023 15th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 289-5920
Fax: (202) 289-5938
President: Mr. David Hamod
1330 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1600
Houston, TX 77056
Phone : (713) 963-4620
Fax : (713) 963-4609
Contact : Ms. Rand Zalzala
E-mail : email@example.com
New York Office:
420 Lexington Avenue, Suite 2034
New York, NY 10170
Tel: (212) 986-8024
Fax: (212) 986-0216
Contact: Mr. Gilbert Hage
Los Angeles Office:
8921 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 206
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: (310) 646-1499
Fax: (310) 646-2462
Bilateral U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce
5721 Memorial Dr. Suite 206
Houston, TX 77007
P.O. Box 571870
Houston, TX 77257-1870
Phone: (713) 880-8168
Fax: (713) 880-8278
Contact: Aida Araissi, Founder and Managing Director
Washington Contact Information
Trade Assistance and Promotion Office (TAPO)
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Ag Box 1052
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250
Tel: (202) 720-7420
Fax: (202) 690-4374
Country Trade or Industry Associations in Key Sectors
American Chamber of Commerce Qatar (Amcham Qatar)
The Gate Mall, Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 4020 6038
Contact: Lisa Saad, Executive Director
Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry (QCCI, includes International Chamber of Commerce)
P.O. Box 402, Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 4455 9111
Fax: +974 4466 1693; 4466 1728
Contact: Sheikh Khalifa Bin Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman
Qatari Businessmen Association
P.O. Box 24475, Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 4435 3120
Fax: +974 4435 3834 / 4435 3847
Contact: Sheikh Faisal Bin Qasim Al Thani, Chairman
Country Government Offices Relating to Key Sectors and/or Significant Trade Related Activities
General Authority of Customs
P.O. Box 81, Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 4445 7457
Fax: +974 4441 4959
Civil Aviation Authority
P.O. Box 3000, Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 4455 7333
Fax: +974 4455 7105
P.O. Box 1968, Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 4494 5001, 4494 5555
Fax: +974 4494 5000
Ministry of Finance
P.O. Box 83, Doha, State of Qatar
Phone: +974 4441 3300/3131
Fax: +974 4443 1177 / 4443 5370
Qatar Energy (formerly Qatar Petroleum)
P.O. Box 3212, Doha, State of Qatar
Phone: +974 4484 6444 / 4449 1444
Fax: +974 4483 2024
Council of Ministers, Corniche Street P.O. Box 636 Doha, Qatar
P.O. Box 2433, Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 4434 8070 / 4434 8888
Fax: +974 4472 7828
P.O. Box 22332, Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 4045 1111
Fax: +974 4499 4655
Tel: +974 4406 9999
Fax: +974 4406 9998
(No website or email, since this entity was just formed in late October 2021)
P.O. Box 1966, Doha, State of Qatar
Tel: +974 4449 2666
Fax: +974 4432 2002
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
(No website or contact details available, since this entity was just formed in late October 2021)
P.O. Box 42, Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 4407 0000
Government and Quasi-Government Organizations
Hamad General Hospital, A Member of Hamad Medical Corporation
P.O. Box 3050, Doha, State of Qatar
Phone: +974 4439 4444
Fax: +974 4439 1118
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
P.O. Box 5825, Doha, State of Qatar
Phone: +974 4454 0000
Fax: +974 4480 6117
Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa)
P.O. Box 41
Doha, State of Qatar
Phone: +974 4484 5555
Fax: +974 4484 5496
Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC)
P.O. Box 22046
Doha, State of Qatar
Phone: +974 4485 8585
Fax: +974 4483 1116
P.O. Box 217
Doha, State of Qatar
Phone: +974 4440 0400
Fax: +974 4447 6231
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