Laws and Regulations

Law no. 13 of 2000 and its amendments: Qatar’s investment law regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activities

Investment of non-Qatari capital. Article (2) 2.1 Subject to the provisions of clause (3) of this Article, foreign investors may invest in all sectors of the national economy provided that they have one or more Qatari partners whose contribution is no less than 51% of the capital and that the company has been appropriately established according to Provisions of the law. 2-2 Based a decision by the minister, non-Qatari investors may exceed the proportion of their contribution of the 49% up to 100% of project capital, in the fields of agriculture, industry, health, education, tourism, development, exploitation of natural resources, energy, mining and business consultancy, technical, information technology, cultural, sports, entertainment and distribution services. 2-3. Non-Qatari investors are prohibited from investing in the following areas: a. Banks and insurance companies, except those exempted by a decision by the Council of Ministers. b. Commercial and real estate agencies. 2.4 Non-Qatari investors may hold a percentage not exceeding (49%) of the share capital of Qatari shareholding companies listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange after the Ministry approves the proposed percentage in the Company’s Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association. Non-Qatari investors may also exceed this percentage after the approval of the Council of Ministers upon the proposal of the Minister. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) citizens will be treated as Qataris in regard to owning company shares listed on the Qatar Exchange. To review Law No. 13 of 2000 and its amendments, regulating non-Qatari capital investment in economic activity, please download it from the below link:



Permitted activities for Non-Qatari investors