Doing Business in Qatar

Symbols of successful business in Doha, Qatar. Photo  by Thomas GalvezWith a population mainly consisting of expats, the protocols for doing business in Qatar often depend on who is being dealt with.

Expats will mostly be working with other foreigners, but their senior associates are more likely to come from Qatar and other Gulf states.

Qatar ranks at 50th out of 189 countries in The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business survey for 2015. The emirate is rated as the easiest country in the world to pay taxes in, an honour it shares with the UAE, and it does well when it comes to dealing with construction permits (23rd) and getting electricity (40th). Conversely, getting credit (131st) can be difficult and minority investors could be better protected (122nd).

There are many opportunities in Qatar, but expats need to be properly prepared to succeed in a country where businesses either soar like skyscrapers or disappear into the desert.

By familiarising themselves with Arabic business culture, Western expatriates give themselves a better chance at succeeding with sensitivity in a foreign business environment.

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