Qatar has systemically invested in the four pillars that make up the knowledge economy in order to create a globally optimum market conditions to attract the best companies and brightest talent in the world. Its economy has been geared to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and excellence in education. These conditions have meant that Qatar Free Zones have been able to attract companies like Google, Microsoft and Thales to take advantage of the growing market opportunities being created by systematic investment in Qatar’s knowledge economy.
Qatar brings together old-world hospitality with cosmopolitan sophistication, with the chance to enjoy a rich cultural tapestry, new experiences and adventures. To compliment is vibrant culture, its labour market offers employees zero income tax, which means companies can attract the world’s best talent with very rewarding salaries whilst retaining globally competitive labour costs.
Qatar sits on top of vast natural gas reserves and is one of largest exporters globally of liquid natural gas, a fuel that has a key role in the world’s energy supplies as countries transition from coal to cleaner forms of energy like natural gas and renewables. Its energy reserves and stable political outlook underpin its macroeconomic stability, and are helping fund the transformation of the economy under QNV 2030.
QFZ is an integral part of the investment landscape in Qatar and there are a range of institutions and organizations here to support investors’ operations and growth here in Qatar.
Doha Venture Capital (DVC) – the investment platform of QFZA – is focused on attracting SMEs in strategic sectors to take advantage of the growth opportunities in Qatar and the MENA region. DVC has already partnered with two investors in the zones: Tradeshift, a cloud-based supply chain solutions provider as part of the zones’ logistics offerings; and Inventus Power, a provider of advanced battery systems for OEMs.
The Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar) oversees investment promotion activities under the Invest Qatar brand and acts as a concierge for entrepreneurs and businesses interested in investing in Qatar. Through leveraging an integrated ecosystem of business and licensing platforms, we support investors throughout their investment journey, from exploration and setup to expansion, in a way that is tailored to their unique goals and ambitions to ensure their long-term success.
Through a world-class commercial, legal, and regulatory framework, QFC aims to transform Doha into a leading global financial and commercial capital. Since its establishment in 2005, the onshore business platform has been supporting investors across a variety of financial and non-financial sectors that include digital, sports, and professional services.
QSTP was established in 1995 as an international hub for applied research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Park links early research with commercialization, manages intellectual property assets, and engages in active network relationships in various domains such as energy, environment, healthcare, and ICT.
In partnership with the private sector, the MOCI continues to develop Qatar’s diversified economic landscape within a competitive business environment that attracts investments, supports exports, and safeguards competition while protecting consumer rights.
The Amiri Diwan is the seat of rule of the State of Qatar. It is the sovereign body and the administrative office of HH The Amir. It acts as a nexus between His Highness and all governmental and non-governmental bodies internally and externally.
Among its manifold tasks and responsibilities, it keeps HH The Amir abreast of the most important developments locally and internationally, submits to him draft laws and other legislative instruments for perusal and approval, and delivers his instructions to the concerned authorities.
The company and its joint ventures are involved in the full spectrum of oil and gas exploration, production, and marketing worldwide. Qatar Petroleum (QP) supplies a diverse range of products, including crude oil, liquid natural gas, petrochemicals, fuel additives, fertilizers, steel, and aluminum, among others.
Qatar Petroleum’s operations take place at several onshore locations in Doha, Dukhan, Mesaieed and Ras Laffan Industrial Cities, in addition to various offshore activities on multiple stations, platforms and fields.
Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) was founded in 2005 to strengthen the country’s economy by diversifying into new asset classes. QIA’s massive portfolio of long-term strategic investments places it as one of the 10 largest sovereign wealth funds worldwide.
QIA’s investments span various asset classes that include but are not limited to listed securities, property, alternative assets, and private equity in both major and emerging markets.
Qatar Airways is the world’s fastest-growing airline, connecting travelers to more than 160 destinations that span six continents. Qatar Airways boasts an advanced fleet of world-class aircrafts, and its 46,000-strong team of professionals offers customers five-star services from its hub at Hamad International Airport.
Since its launch in 1997, the airline has claimed a host of sought-after titles and prestigious awards, including its coveted spot as one of few airline groups to earn a 5-star rating by Skytrax.
With the aim of making Qatar one of the best-connected countries in the world, Ooredoo provides a wide range of communications products and services to a customer base of more than 100 million across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia.
The company is known today for being the first in the world to launch a commercially available 5G network, creating new possibilities across sectors and industries, including powering Qatar’s futuristic smart city projects as well as the stadiums that will be hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Qatar Foundation comprises of more than 50 institutions across the education, research, and development spectrum, and represents a unique ecosystem that addresses challenges, creates opportunities, and empowers communities to redefine their future.
The Foundation promotes social and economic development through its focus on lifelong learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and strives to bring together the collective power of creative individuals to unlock human potential and drive progress in Qatar and the entire region.