The former Amiri Diwan was known as the Citadel of Bida'a, originally a fortress built in the 18th century and fortified by
watchtowers. During the Ottoman period (1871-1915) it was called the Army Fort. After the Ottomans departed under the reign of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim, Later to become the seat of the rulers of Qatar, known as the Doha Palace as well as the castle elders. In 1971, after the termination of the Anglo-Qatari treaty of 1916, the title of the ruler of the State of Qatar was changed to Amir, and the castle became known as the Amiri Diwan.
In the early 1980s, a new building was built for the Amiri Diwan next to the old palace. The administrative work started in 1989 and includes the Office of the Amir, the Office of His Highness the Deputy Emir and the Office of His Excellency the Prime Minister.
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Ministry of Education and Higher Education is the highest official authority on all educational affairs in the State of Qatar.
After the Emiri Resolution No. 9 of 2016 on the organizational structure of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, formerly the Supreme Education Council, continues to perform all forms of its tasks and responsibilities related to educational matter through departments such as educational supervision, curriculum and learning resources, government school and teachers affairs, students affairs, and early education.
HE Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahid Al-Hammadi is the current Minister of Education and Higher Education, who was appointed on June 26, 2013 as Minister of Education and Higher Education.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar performs internal audit, follows-up legal affairs and all matters related to planning and quality, and publishes all relevant news and circulars through the Department of Public Relations and Communication in all local media.
The Ministry of Education and Higher Education undertakes the development of educational plans, policies, strategies and research, training and development of all ministry staff and employees to provide an integrated educational system of educational services toward achieving Qatar Vision 2030, which is based on the development of an advanced society to provide prosperity for all citizens by 2030.
Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) was established under Law No. 33 of 2005 as an independent regulatory authority to supervise the financial markets and firms that are authorized to conduct activities related to securities in or from the State of Qatar, and empowered to exercise regulatory oversight and enforcement over the capital markets.
Recently, the QFMA new law No. 8 of 2012 has been issued to give the QFMA wider responsibilities and obligations to supervise and monitor the securities industry in the state of Qatar and increase the scope of international cooperation.
In pursuant of its objectives, the QFMA has been enhancing its regulatory infrastructure, based on internationally recognized best practices and standards for the capital markets to create a world-class capital market in the State of Qatar enabling it to top a leading position in the region through focusing on four strategic pillars that are (1) protect investors, (2) ensure fair and efficient financial markets, (3) enhance transparency, proficiency as well as awareness and markets integrity, and (4) constrict misleading information and deceptive conduct affecting financial products and services.
Qatar Ports Management Company – Mwani Qatar is a Qatari shareholding company established in 2009.
Mwani Qatar manages seaports, quays, dry ports, container and other terminals, including cruise and passengers, and provides navigation assistance and pilotage, towage as well as Aids to Navigation (AtoN) in addition to loading/ unloading and handling and storage of cargoes in all forms. The company is closely involved in the development of seaports and related services to the highest internationally recognized standards of safety, security and quality.
The strategic goal of the company is to transform Qatari ports into the ports of choice for all port users, including main shipping lines through efficient operations and enhanced customer focus. Mwani Qatar endeavors to consolidate its leading position locally for a strong regional and international presence as a leading integrated port and logistics services provider.
The company owns and manages three main commercial ports in Qatar: Doha Port, Al-Ruwais Port and Hamad Port" which will become Qatar's premier gateway and a regional hub in the Area and the World, fulfilling the Qatar National Vision 2030.
In addition, Mwani Qatar is partnering with Qatar Tourism Authority to develop and implement the cruise industry in Qatar. Further to the completion of the Final Phase of Hamad Port and the relocation of all commercial operations from Doha Port, the latter will be redeveloped into a fully-fledged cruise and leisure yacht terminal facility.
In light of the evolution underway in the state of Qatar, priority has been given to promotion and consolidation of state of law, rights, freedoms and institutions; In this regard, the NHRC was established in accordance with Decree Law No. (38) for the year 2002.
The NHRC was re-organized in accordance with Decree law no. (17) for the year 2010, thereby consolidating NHRC independence as a permanent official body headquartered in the city of Doha with a separate legal personality and an independent budget; this Decree also specified the objectives and mandates of the NHRC .
At the international level, the NHRC was accredited A status by the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (ICC) which is a representative body of national human rights institutions drawn from all regions of the world; the NHRC is also a member in the Sub-Committee on Accreditation (SCA) of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) which is responsible for the accreditation and classification of national Committees all over the world. The NHRC is entitled to participate in the ICC and in its regional sub-group, the Asia Pacific Forum as of March 2012 for a period of 3 years.
The Authority is an official governmental institution recognized internally and externally responsible for civil aviation affairs and participates in policy development at the regional and
international levels through its departments, internal units, organizations and federations that belong to it externally
General Authority of Customs Overview:-
The General Authority of Customs is the government authority responsible for monitoring importation and exportation of goods in and out of the State in accordance with the governing legislation in this regard. The Authority is moral entity and has a budget related to the Ministry of Finance budget. The Authority is affiliated to the Ministry of Finance and consists of the following administrative units:
Internal Audit Department .
Planning and Quality Department
Legal Affairs Department
Public Relations and Communication Department
Human Resources Department
Financial and Administrative Affairs Department
Information Technology Department
Operations and Risk Analysis Department
Customs Training Center
Customs Affairs Department
Hamad International Airport Customs Department
Air Cargo and Private Airports Customs Department
Sea Customs Department
Land Customs Department
Anti-Smuggling and Customs Security Department
The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) is the Communications Regulator in the state of Qatar established by virtue of Emiri Decree (42) in 2014. The CRA regulates the Telecommunications and Information Technology sector, Postal sector and access to digital media. The CRA encourages and supports an open and competitive Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector that provides advanced, innovative, and reliable communications services. Balancing the rights of consumers with the needs of service providers is at the heart of everything the CRA does.
Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT) is a national, Government sponsored, organization setup under the auspices of Ministry of Transport & Communications (MOTC). Established in December 2005 in cooperation with the Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (CERT Coordination Center).
The Power of Information Security
Qatar is developing fast, having embraced information technology as a platform for innovation, prosperity and the key to building a knowledge based economy. As it has become more connected, the global threats from the internet need to be adequately addressed. The traditional threats from hackers has been rapidly changing to include more malicious actors such as terrorist, organized criminal networks, industrial and foreign government espionage, including cyber warfare to name a few.
As Qatar’s dependence on cyberspace grows, its resiliency and security become even more critical, and hence the need for a comprehensive approach that address this need.
Thus, it was with this foresight that the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) conceptualized setting up a dedicated body to proactively and reactively address and respond to risks that may arise with technology usage.
Qatar Computer Emergency Response Team (Q-CERT) was set up in December 2005 and since then, Q-CERT has been instrumental in building resilience into the critical information infrastructure of Qatar.
Q-CERT has become the national center to address the nation’s information security needs and safeguard the local society drive towards technological excellence. Q-CERT is working to harmonize the secure use of technology through best practices, standard policies, risk mitigations and dissemination of valuable information.
Q-CERT helps to protect citizens as well as critical businesses and organizations against cyber security risks. It also contributes to the national cyber security posture, advices on policies and security standards and empowers the confidence in technology users.
Qatar Museums brings together museums, public art, and cultural heritage in Qatar, whilst expanding everyone's creative horizons.
Our purpose is to be a cultural instigator, a big ambition that we will deliver together, as a group of museums and sites, to help fullfil the cultural goals of the 2030 National Vision.
Qatar Investment Authority is the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar.
Under the vision and leadership of our Chairman, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, we are proud to be both an important building block of the Qatar National Vision 2030, and a respected professional global investor.
Since 2005, we have built a major global portfolio that now spans a broad range of asset classes and regions.
We have done so by investing and managing the funds we are responsible for in a professional, strategic and prudent manner; and by simultaneously developing QIA into a dynamic, multinational, world-class organisation.
The State of Qatar is a sovereign and independent state in the Middle East, occupying a peninsula that juts into the Arabian Gulf. Since its complete independence from Britain in 1971, Qatar has emerged as one of the world’s most important producers of oil and gas. It is an Islamic State whose laws and customs follow the Islamic tradition. Since 2013, the country has been governed by HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
Location and geography
The State of Qatar is a peninsula located amid the western coast of the Arabian Gulf. The peninsular is approximately 100km across and extends 200km into the Gulf. Qatar includes several islands the largest of which are, Halul, Shraouh and Al-Asshat.. shares its southern border with Saudi Arabia and a maritime border Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Iran.
The land mainly consists of a flat rocky plain, covered with a range of low limestone outcroppings in Jebel Dukhan in the west and Jebel Fuyart in the north. This plain is mostly marked by its many inland seas (Khors), bays and basins called (al-Riyadh) over the northern and middle areas that are considered to be the most fertile lands housing different natural plants.
Qatar Media Corporation (QMC) is the official broadcasting authority for the State of Qatar. As a corporation, QMC was established in 2009 to oversee media services in numerous TV and Radio channels that include: Qatar TV Channel, Alkass Sports Channels, Qatar Radio, Quraan Kareem Radio, QBS Radio, Oryx FM Radio, Urdu Radio, and Sout Al Khaleej Radio. Equipped with the slogan "keeping up with what's new and to our values we commit" and a media orientation that serves the ends of Qatar National Vision 2030, QMC vigorously pursues the latest developments in media updates & technologies in the third millennium with media content that accommodates development and preserves the culture and identity of the state and its community.
Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) is truly a unique organization, as is the country of Qatar. This fruitful country of ours has transformed itself overnight. We have been gifted with the enlightened strategic vision of H.H. the Emir Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who has accomplished gargantuan steps towards political, economic and social reforms within the State of Qatar. QBA strives to serve the vision of Qatar by accomplishing ambitious projects that have pushed Qatar forward into the globalization market.
The local private sector of Qatar has proven its willingness and eagerness to cope with ongoing development. Business leaders have acknowledged the requisite of improving business opportunities, market competitiveness and growth capabilities currently established in Qatar. The Qatari private sector has adopted recent management trends, advanced training and upgrading programs, technology requirement practices and resource diversification approaches to improve and attract more business opportunities, both locally and regionally.