The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) creates commercial policy for both private and public sectors in order to boost regional and international trade relations and support the development of businesses across the country.
The Ministry maintains four departments and sections:
Commercial Registration Section,
Commercial Agents Section,
Industrial Property Rights Section
Price Control Section
To subscribe to the whatsApp account, one simply has to send the word “subscribe” to the number 66111400 and add the number to the contact list on his or her mobile phone. The service will be activated immediately. MEC has come up with this service to make communication with the public easier and also to keep the public aware of updates and events.
In 1966, newly created administrative units namely Doha Cultural Center and Folklore Censorship, and the Theater Section were all affiliated to the Broadcasting Department of the Ministry of Information. The establishment of these new units presented a prelude to the creation of Culture and Arts Department in 1975. In fact, the existing units and other newly founded sections such as the Fine Arts, the Exhibitions, the Studies and Research as well as the Administrative and Financial Affairs presented the origins of the first entity of the cultural work in Qatar.
In general, the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage is in charge of:
Organizing cultural festivals and taking part in festivals organized in Qatar and in brotherly and friendly countries ;
Organizing cultural events and activities such as symposia, lectures and poetry recitals ;
Producing and presenting theater and folklore shows and music and lyric concerts ;
Organizing Qatari weeks abroad and hosting cultural weeks of brotherly and friendly countries;
Organizing arts (plastic arts, photography) and heritage exhibitions ;
Publishing and distributing books and compilations in relation with culture, translating outstanding intellectual and literary works into Arabic and vice-versa ;
Documenting and archiving popular heritage, organizing and animating heritage events and celebrations ;
Organizing the yearly Doha Book Fair and participating in Arab and foreign book fairs;
Discovering young talents and organizing cultural, scientific and religious symposia and contests.
While organizing and supervising such events, the Ministry of Culture acts in its quality of a central ministry that lays down cultural programs and implements them according to the promulgated laws; its activities in this field should be regarded as the main activity of cultural policy of the State.
The ministry of environment is striving to achieve several goals, most importantly, protecting the environment through inclusive and sustainable growth for future generation to achieve the vision of 2030.
Reaching the vision would be through wildlife growth, preparing and proposing laws, projects and suitable solutions for all environmental issues, implementing them by training Qatari nationals in implementation of environmental protocols, as well as environmental awareness.
Civil and governmental organizations should coordinate all efforts; cooperate with regions and countries by ratification of environmental agreements and protocols for the purpose of protecting environments.
Strategic Goals for Ministry of Environment:
1. Balance between the social and economic development needs and protecting the environment.
2. Preserving and protecting the environment, including air, land, water and biological diversity.
3. Ensure the quality of environmental health and safety
4. Improve the institutional effectiveness and performance
5. Propose and develop policies and legislations to protect the environment
6. Enhance awareness and environmental culture
7. Support and activate the national, regional and international cooperation.
First, administrative units of the minister:
1. Minister's Office
2. Public Relations and Communication Unit.
3. Planning and quality Unit.
4. International Cooperation Unit.
5. The Internal Audit Unit.
6. Waste Treatment Centre
Second, administrative units of the general secretary office:
1- General Secretary office.
2- Projects units
3- Management of environmental processes.
4- Legal department affairs.
5- Management of awareness and environmental education.
Third, administrative units of the Assistant general secretary office for Environmental Affairs
1 Department of Evaluation and Environmental Permits.
2. Management of climate change and renewable energy
3. Management of environmental monitoring.
4. Management of hazardous substances.
5. Department of Environmental Protection.
6. Management of protected areas and wildlife.
7. Water management.
Forth, administrative units of the Assistant general secretary office for agricultural affairs, livestock and fishery:
1. Department of Agriculture.
2. Livestock management.
3. Department of Fisheries.
4. Biotechnology Center
Fifth, administrative units of the Assistant general secretary office for laboratories and standardization:
1. Department of Central Laboratories.
2. Quality management and conformity.
3. Management Standardization and Metrology.
Sixth, administrative units of the Assistant general secretary office for joint services:
1- Human resources management.
2. Department of Finance and Administration.
3. Public Service Management
4. Information technology department
The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs supports build and develops the labor market efficiently by utilizing the national, productive workforce and bringing in skilled expatriate cadres. Also, the ministry provides state-of-the-art services and leads the field of comprehensive social welfare and development for all the segments of the society. The ministry aims, in this regard, to promote a secure and stable atmosphere in a society that is proud of its national Islamic identity.
The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs was established in 1993 to help modern society understand and comply with Islam.
The ministry believes the teachings of Islam can have substantial impact on the development and advancement of humanity.
The ministry’s responsibilities and goals include:
Manage and supervise mosques.
Educate the public on Islamic teachings and issues.
Co-ordinate with Islamic bodies and organizations from around the world to advance Islamic culture.
Manage the Zakat Fund.
Propose draft laws and regulations pertaining to the ministry.
Supervise and organize activities surrounding Hajj
Represent the State of Qatar in regional and internal conferences and events that relate to the ministry.
In 1969 the decree law No 11 for 1969 on the establishment of a department for foreign affairs was issued. In 1970 the sections of the department were set up by the decision No 8 for 1970.
In 1971 a law to establish the ministry of foreign affairs in which the department of foreign affairs was to be incorporated was issued. It was followed by the issue of law No 26 in December 1971 on the diplomatic and consular corps system, and on designating the diplomatic missions to include embassies, commissions, consulates and the offices of the permanent delegation of the State of Qatar abroad.
The laws organizing the ministry of foreign affairs, assigning its functions and outlining its organizational chart followed in succession. A law in 1976 and the law No 13 for 1993 were issued to organize the ministry of foreign affairs.
In light of the developments taking place on the international arena, a new law was issued to define the functions of the ministry of foreign affairs as follows:
Highlight the State of Qatar, its values and polices, while defending the country’s interests abroad.
Draft and propose Qatar’s foreign policy to H.H. the Emir for approval.
Propose foreign policy plans and work to implement them in coordination with concerned agencies in the state.
Organizes the diplomatic and consular representation with Arab and foreign countries and regional and international organizations.
Establish contacts and conduct talks in preparation to conclude the agreements and conventions; and take the required actions with regard to their conclusion, implementation and supervision.
Protect and represent the interests of Qatar and its people abroad.
Conduct contacts with the Qatari ministries and authorities, foreign governments and their diplomatic missions and the regional and international organizations.
he rulers of the State of Qatar gave high priority for the mission of achieving public security and peace since the modern State of Qatar was established. The formation of police agency guaranteed maintenance of discipline and security, protection of lives and prestige of people and public and private properties as well.
The first police agency formed in the State of Qatar was "Discipline Police" in 10/9/1949. This agency began its duties in 1949 at " Doha Police Section" which was located in the centre of "Souq Waqif ". The functions of this section comprised of providing security and protection for citizens, maintaining discipline by moving patrols, carrying out the mission of permanent guards at vital areas in the capital and organizing traffic movement. It also carried out all other police related duties like follow up of criminals, conducting investigations on criminal and traffic cases and referring the accused to the courts in addition to deporting the suspects if they deserve it.
The Ministry of Interior was formed in 1970 according to the decree No. (5) for the year 1970 stipulating the functions of the ministries and other government organizations in the country.
Ministry of Interior continued since that time its functions and missions providing peace and security and organizing police forces guaranteeing the protection of national security and maintaining safety and security of nationals and expatriates as well along with taking all necessary measures to prevent the happenings of crimes and disclosing the secrets of committed crimes in addition to taking care of nationality related affairs, issuing travel documents, organizing expatriates entry to the country and their residence and organizing the prison.
The Ministry of Interior since that time has been investing fateful and continuous efforts through which it could to create a capable and advanced security agency that proved its ability in bearing the fidelity, achieving desired security and protection of the society.
Convoying with the developments witnessed by the State of Qatar under the auspicious leadership of Emir H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Father Emir H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, The role of Ministry of Interior and its departments is getting bigger in the field of maintaining security and stability to meet with the requirements of comprehensive renaissance and development in the country.
Within a short span of time, The Ministry of Interior has accomplished many achievements and victories as a result of its development and modernization planning that depend on providing technical and human resources needs through proper supply of devices and equipment and widening the scope of rendered services for the public according to the creative security strategic plans that comprise of requirements of the present and the future, working with the spirit of cooperation and initiatives and activating community partnership between police agencies and community members either it is represented by individual or organizations or establishments in order to realize the concept of joint responsibility in providing more security, safety and stability for the society.
Established by the Government of Qatar in 2005, the Qatar Financial Centre (“QFC”) is an on-shore centre which has become an integral part of Qatar’s economy and rapid growth story and is fulfilling its mandate to help build a world-class financial and business environment in Qatar, providing a platform for domestic, regional and international growth. The QFC comprises four independent bodies: the QFC Authority; the QFC Regulatory Authority; the Civil and Commercial Court (First Instance and Appellate Divisions); and the Regulatory Tribunal.
The QFC Authority is the commercial and strategic arm of the QFC; it is responsible for developing and ensuring compliance with the QFC regulations and rules comprising the QFC’s legal and tax environments; it is responsible for the administration of the Companies Registration, Employments Standards and Immigration Offices respectively; and it is also responsible for the licensing of all firms applying to conduct non-regulated permitted activities. The QFC continues to attract a broad range of leading regulated and non-regulated firms, both domestic and international.
QFC-licensed firms benefit from an environment which operates to international standards, with a legal system based on English Common Law, regulation which is risk and principles-based and a competitive tax regime. Business can be carried out in or from the QFC, in local or foreign currency. Uniquely, this allows businesses to operate both locally and cross-border. Furthermore, the QFC allows 100% ownership by foreign companies and all profits can be remitted outside of Qatar.
Established in August 1993, the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has inherited the QMA monetary strategy of targeting the exchange rate. QCB kept adopting the policy of fixed exchange rate against the USD at the same rate of QR 3.64 per USD. In their December 2001 Summit, GCC leaders decided to adopt the USD as a common peg for the GCC national currencies as a step towards accomplishing the GCC monetary union with a united currency .
The QIA was founded by the State of Qatar in 2005 to strengthen the country's economy by diversifying into new asset classes. Building on the heritage of Qatar investments dating back more than three decades, its growing portfolio of long-term strategic investments help complement the state's huge wealth in natural resources. Qatar's goal is to become a major international centre for finance and investment management, a vision shared by its government, people and institutions. Headquartered in Doha, the QIA is structured to operate at the very highest levels of global investing. As a world class investor, the QIA adheres to the strictest financial and commercial disciplines. It has a strong track record of investing in different asset classes, including listed securities, property, alternative assets and private equity in all the major capital markets as well as the newer emerging markets.
Qatar Chamber's actions range from environmental and sustainability programmes to long-term financing and economic initiatives. Among their long-term plans, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry have also allocated a budget for a capacity-building initiative that will bring 50 delegates from those nations that the United Nations categories as "Least Developed Countries" to the 8th World Chambers Congress, should Doha be successful in the bid to host the Congress organized by the World Chambers Federation in 2013. As part of the bid book delivered last month to the Congress Selection Committee members, QCCI has dedicated a whole chapter for their capacity-building initiative.
FANAR, Qatar Islamic Cultural Centre, is a charitable organization that works on motivating Non-Muslims to become more informed about Islam, by diffusing Islamic culture through multiple styles and means.
We undertake many activities to care for new convert’s affairs; enlightening non-Arab Muslims about all matters in relation to their faith and teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers. The Charity enjoys an independent administrative and financial organizational structure and assumes its own functions under the direct umbrella of H.E the Minister of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs.
We aim to set up a world leading epicenter, to reach out globally and strive for the presentation of Islam as a viable way of life for the whole of mankind.
Qatar is one of the safest places in the world. Both visitors and residents have the opportunity to experience the welcoming and friendly nature of Arab culture. Like anywhere else, respecting local traditions and practices allows you to enjoy the true essence of the host country, giving you a better travel experience.
Qatar News Agency (QNA) was established in May 25th, 1975 by the Emiri Decree number 94 of the year 1975, to become the second Arab news agency dedicated to covering news in the Gulf Region and one of Qatar’s big achievements in the field of information. The agency witnessed quantitative and qualitative developments. It started with a transmission of half an hour a day, now its transmission extends to 24 hours a day. The Emiri Decision issued on 12 September, 2007 organizing the agency shows the keenness of the political leadership and its interest in rising media awareness and consolidating its professionalism in the country. The Agency is objective and impartial in its coverage of news. (QNA)’s presiding over of the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA) for two years contributed to consolidating the Arab media which became more developed thanks to the new technologies it uses. QNA is a member of the Arab News Agencies Union (ANAU) and of the League of the News Agencies of the Non-Alignment Movement.(QNA) is also a member of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN). It is accredited by (ANAU) to serve as a news dispatching center between these agencies and the South-East Asian and Pacific News Agencies Union.It is also an active member of the executive board of the Islamic News Agencies Union.
In recognition of the significant role of ICT in building a modern state with a robust knowledge-based economy in light of Qatar National Vision 2030, the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQATAR) was established within the new cabinet formation announced in June 2013 to be an extension of the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology that was established under Emiri Decree Law no. 36 of 2004. Emiri Decree No. 27 of 2014 on the Organizational Structure of the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology sets the organizational structure and functions of the Ministry. Specifically, the Ministry is responsible for a wide-ranging mandate that includes: overseeing and developing the information and communications technology sector to make it more vibrant, advanced, and secure to support a diversified economy and benefit all the people of Qatar; introducing ICT plans, policies, programs, projects and initiatives to foster a competitive environment that is conducive to investments; developing the next generation of infrastructure and then securing and enhancing the efficiency of that infrastructure; and driving innovation well into the future as a change agent for human, social, economic and environmental progress. The Ministry also performs a critical and far-reaching role in developing e-government programs and boosting capacity and digital literacy to foster a technology-friendly environment that introduces innovative approaches to how we communicate, live and work. Consequently, the Regulatory Authority, which had been part of the Ministry, was established as the independent Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) by virtue of Emiri Decree No. 42 of 2014. The newly established CRA encourages and supports an open and competitive telecommunications market and ensures that consumer rights are protected. The CRA is also responsible for regulating the postal sector and access to digital media. The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology will continue to mobilize efforts to harness the power of ICT, bringing improvements to every aspect of life in Qatar and building a more thriving economy.
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. General Authority of Customs (Feb 2014- till now) Emiri Decision No (37) of 2014 issued on 20/02/2014 on establishment of "General Authority of Customs" of moral entity and budget related to Ministry of Finance budget. The Authority is affiliated to Ministry of Finance and located at city of Doha
The Public Works Authority 'Ashghal' was established in 2004 to be responsible for the planning, design, procurement, construction, delivery, and asset management of all infrastructure projects and public buildings in Qatar. Ashghal’s key responsibilities include governing the design, construction, and management of major projects including roads, drainage and buildings such as public buildings, schools and hospitals. Adhering to the Qatar National Vision 2030, the Authority contributes to the economic and social development of the State of Qatar, with projects valued at over QR 100 billion to be delivered within the next five to seven years. Ashghal has employed a powerful model of strategic outsourcing and partnership with world leading establishments that will bring capacity and capabilities to ensure Qatar rates at par with the most developed nations in the world in the field of infrastructure. With high aspirations for the future, Ashghal is committed to undertake a huge infrastructure development that will support the future socio-economic growth of the country. Ashghal’s contribution to the overall sustainable economic and social development of the State is pivotal to the future enhancement of Qatar. Ashghal operates in alignment with its corporate strategy that outlines its direction and the operational procedures which need to be followed in order to achieve the organization’s mission and vision. In line with its strategy and objectives, the Authority works to deliver projects that implement the best practices in infrastructure development and management.
Medical Commission Department is one of the Supreme Council of Health Departments. The main function of Medical Commission Department is to screen all the new comers to stay and work in Qatar for infectious diseases namely:
Consumer Protection Department is responsible to:
Implement legislations governing protection of consumer rights, combat commercial fraud, protect competitiveness and prevent monopoly practices.
Take necessary measures and arrangements to protect the consumer as per the applicable laws and regulations.
Take necessary measures and arrangements to combat commercial fraud.
Co-ordinate and co-operate with consumer protection associations and civil society organizations involved in fields of consumer protection and education.
Monitor prices of commodities, services and materials in local markets, and prepare the necessary reports stating price trends locally and internationally.
Issue licenses required for promotional sales and discounts.
Take measures related to inspection and analysis to ensure full compliance with the standard specifications of commodities and goods offered in local markets to protect consumer’s basic needs against commercial fraud.
Need to log a complaint? You've got a couple of options.
1) Call the Consumer Protection Department and log a complaint.
Toll-free: 16001 (Used to be 800500)
Hot line (outside of Qatar): +974 44945555 or +974 44945001 2) SMS your complaint. to 92665 - According to Hukoomi all you need to do is Please send your complaint or suggestion + the word 'consumer'. 3) If you're an online person, you can also fill out the digital complaint form online. www.mec.gov.qa/en/services/Services%20and%20Forms/Individual-Services/Pages/Hotline-service.aspx
4) Whenever you do complain, it's important that you have as much evidence as possible.
- Name of the party against which you wish to submit your complaint, his address, work nature, violation type and place of complain
- A detailed statement of damage caused to you, if it is applicable
- A copy of the invoice must be presented when submitting the complaint. Without the original invoice or a copy thereof, Consumer Protection Department will not be able to consider the complaint.
The CPD treats complaints very seriously. You'll even receive a text message verifying your complaint reference so you can follow up later on. 5) If you're the face to face type of person, you can always go to the CPD office located in West Bay on Omar Al Mukhtar Street.
Postal Services are important. They provide a means of contact between people and organizations across the world. Even people in the remotest areas, thousands of kilometers apart and in different parts of the globe can communicate with each other as long as they both enjoy the benefits of a reliable national Postal Service. This simple form of communication is generally acknowledged as being very inexpensive in comparison with other forms of communication.