19 April, 2024

Business Setup in Qatar

business setup in qatar

RadiantBiz is a leading provider of all services needed to set up a 100% ownership company and start a business in Qatar. We offer a variety of services to help entrepreneurs and companies start their businesses in Qatar. These services include company registration, legal and regulatory compliance, and business consulting.

With RadiantBiz, the process of starting a business in Qatar has become easier. Our team of experts starts from the beginning


Qatar Free Zone and Mainland License

Qatar, with its fast-growing economy and modern culture, is considered one of the most attractive business destinations for expanding and establishing international businesses.

The country has maintained balance and continued progress during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup has established Qatar as a global player and recognized as a land of opportunity for local and international business owners from around the world.

RadiantBiz, the UAE’s award-winning business establishment consultancy, has now started offering advisory solutions in Qatar to help businesses set up, grow and sustain themselves in the region.

Qatar now allows companies and individuals to form 100% foreign-owned businesses in various jurisdictions. Depending on your type of business activity and how you conduct business, there are several free zone and mainland options to choose from.

For entrepreneurs and foreign investors looking to start a business in Qatar, these options provide them with the opportunity to make the optimal choice based on their business objectives and needs.

Types of Company Formation in Qatar

There are many different types of companies you can start in Qatar. These company types include:

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A limited liability company (LLC) is the most common company type in Qatar. An LLC holds shareholders liable for the company’s debts only to the extent of their shares. In Qatar, an LLC requires a minimum of two shareholders and can have a maximum of 50 shareholders. This type of company can be used for a variety of business activities and is suitable for small to medium-sized businesses. LLCs are relatively easy to set up and manage and offer flexibility. RadiantBiz can help you register your LLC in Qatar and guide you through the legal and regulatory requirements.

Joint Venture Company

A joint venture is a type of company in which two or more companies form together to undertake a specific project or business activity. This type of company is used when partners seek to combine resources, expertise, and assets to achieve a common goal. Joint ventures can be structured in a variety of ways, with each partner contributing capital, assets, or expertise. RadiantBiz can help you structure your joint venture and ensure it complies with local laws and regulations.

Public Stock Company

A public joint stock company is a type of company whose shares are traded on the Qatar Stock Exchange. This type of company is used for large-scale businesses and is suitable for companies that wish to raise capital by issuing shares from the general public. Public stock companies have more stringent regulations and disclosure requirements than other types of companies. At RadiantBiz, we help you set up and list your company on the Qatar Stock Exchange.

Sole Proprietorship

A sole proprietorship is a type of company that is owned and managed by one person. This type of company is perfect for small businesses and entrepreneurs who want to start a business on their own. A sole proprietorship is easy to set up and manage and offers flexibility. At RadiantBiz, we help you set up and register your sole proprietorship company and ensure it complies with local laws.


A branch office is a corporate structure that allows a foreign company to conduct business activities in Qatar. The branch performs all the functions of the parent company.


Company registration in Qatar is as follows:

Select a business activity: 

Decide which business activity you wish to engage in and ensure that it is permitted under Qatar’s laws and regulations.

Choose a Legal Structure: 

Decide on the legal structure of your business. Examples include limited liability companies (LLCs), branches, representative offices, etc.

Obtain initial approval: 

Depending on the type of business, you may need to obtain approval from several government agencies, including the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, and the Qatar Financial Centre.

Company registration:

 After receiving initial approval, you will need to register your company with the Department of Commerce and Industry. You will need to provide documents such as the company’s articles of incorporation, list of shareholders, and proof of address.

Obtain visas and work permits:

 If you plan to hire foreign employees, you will need to obtain work and residence permits for them.

Obtaining a commercial registration: 

This is a necessary step for all types of businesses operating in Qatar. You will need to provide documents such as company registration, shareholder list, and address proof.

Open a business bank account:

 Once your business is registered, you need to open a business bank account to start operations.

Start operating your business: 

After obtaining all necessary approvals, licenses, and permits, you can begin operating your business.

The process of starting a business in Qatar consists of several steps, and it is important to obtain approvals and permits from government agencies at each step. Prepare thoroughly and lay the foundation for successful business operation.


Required Documents For Starting a Business in Qatar

The main requirements you need if you want to start a business in Qatar are:

  1. Document containing information about the founding partners : This document should contain the details of the founding partners required to start the business.
  2. Commercial Registration Certificate : A commercial registration certificate issued by the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) is required.
  3. Language Requirements : All documents submitted must be written in Arabic and English.
  4. Shareholder Requirements : You need at least two shareholders to start a business. Shareholders must be Qatari nationals and own at least 51% of the company’s shares.

Meeting these requirements will make the process of starting a business in Qatar easier. For entrepreneurs looking to do business in Qatar, this is an important first step.