Bij wie kunt u als ondernemer terecht in Qatar?

In Qatar staat het ambassadenetwerk klaar voor u als ondernemer.

In het buitenland: ambassades, consulaten en handelskantoren

Het ambassadenetwerk bestaat uit:

  • ambassades in hoofdsteden
  • consulaten in economisch belangrijke steden
  • handelskantoren, de zogeheten Netherlands Business Support Offices (NBSO’s) in overige regio’s die kansen bieden voor Nederlandse bedrijven.

De medewerkers ter plekke zijn uw ogen en oren over de hele wereld. Zij kennen de lokale markt, signaleren kansen en geven praktische tips. Bovendien kunnen de medewerkers in het buitenland soms deuren openen die anders gesloten blijven. Maak daar gebruik van.


Bent u werkzaam in de agrarische sector en zoekt u ondersteuning bij zakendoen in het buitenland? In 74 landen staat het landbouwradennetwerk voor u klaar. De landbouwraden werken vanuit Nederlandse ambassades en consulaten.

Innovatie Attaché Netwerk

Op zoek naar Research & Development contacten in het buitenland? Een netwerk van Innovatie Attachés signaleert kansen en helpt de concurrentiekracht in het buitenland te versterken. De Innovatie Attachés werken ook vanuit ambassades en consulaten.

In Nederland: Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO)

Heeft u concrete plannen om zaken te doen in het buitenland? RVO ondersteunt startende en ervaren ondernemers met hun exportplannen. Met informatie en advies over wat voor u interessante stappen, markten en ondersteuningsmogelijkheden zijn en hoe u deze benut. RVO werkt nauw samen met de ambassades in het buitenland. Via RVO heeft u daarmee ook toegang tot het wereldwijde ambassadenetwerk.

Kamer van Koophandel (KvK)

Oriënteert u zich nog op internationaal ondernemen? De KvK  helpt  u graag op weg met (digitale) informatie over internationaal zakendoen. De KvK is bovendien uw loket voor vragen over exportdocumenten.

Bij wie kunt u als ondernemer terecht in dit land of gebied?

Doing business in Qatar.

Qatar and the Netherlands

Qatar and The Netherlands share common features: they are both relatively small in geography but high in aspirations, they are open to the sea, and their international trade is the basis of their wealth and economic prosperity.

Dutch government wants to promote the interest of Dutch businesses abroad through economic diplomacy.

Qatar aims to diversify the country economy by creating a balance between an oil-based and a knowledge-based economy.

The Dutch  and Qatar’s trade and investment relationship remained robust in the past years  with a yearly average trade standing at around $1 billion. 

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is one of the big investors in Qatar; Dutch companies have a footprint in several  mega projects and are diversifying their presence in different sectors, such as Energy, Architecture, Agriculture, Healthcare, Education Consultancy, Engineering, Services and Supply.

The Embassy in Doha supports Dutch companies accessing the market in Qatar with economic diplomacy tools, such as business partner scans, trade missions, seminars and business introductions. Partner for International Business (PIB) programmes are active in Qatar in several fields, including energy and healthcare.

Business updates and activities by the Embassy are communicated via social media channels including its LinkedIn page (, which you can follow.

The Economic section of the Embassy can be contacted via email at

The Embassy is in close contact with the Dutch Business Council in Qatar (DBCQ). DBCQ provides a useful business network and networking opportunities for Dutch companies resident and visiting Qatar.

For information about the Dutch Business Council in Qatar you can visit their website or write to

Economic environment

Qatar is one of the smaller Gulf states in terms of population and geographical area, but boasts the third largest gas reserves in the world. Qatar is one of the world's richest countries in the world and it still boasts one of the fastest growing economies in recent years, as Qatar became the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer.

The Gulf State's National Vision 2030 (, comprehensive strategy for growth leading up to 2030, will ensure that it remains an attractive investment hub, not just in oil and gas, but also in technology, healthcare ( ) education and financial services.

Gulf crisis

On June 5, 2017, the governments of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and the Maldives all ceased diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar and severed most contacts.   Thus far, the impact has primarily been on regional travel, with Qatar Airways suspending flights to those countries and airlines from those countries (such as Emirates, Etihad, Saudi, Gulf Air) suspending flights to/from Qatar.  The movement of goods across land and sea borders has also been impacted.  Qatar has moved quickly to establish other sources of imports and continues that effort, which might present new opportunities for Dutch companies.  

Doing Business in Qatar

Qatar is very much a market where local knowledge is key. Foreign investors may invest in all parts of the national economy (except for commercial and  real estate) with a Qatari partner who must own at least 51% of the enterprise. Approval from the Council of Ministers is required for foreign investment in banking or insurance.

The Ministry of Business and Commerce may permit foreign investors to own more than 49% and up to 100% of a company in specified sectors, namely agriculture, industry, health, education, tourism, and the development of natural resources, energy or mining.

In September 2005, Qatar enacted a new law for the establishment of Free Trade Zones in the State aimed at sustaining and diversifying the economy. Companies setting up in the free zones will operate and trade without a local sponsor or service agent, and will enjoy a 100% foreign ownership and many other benefits.

Qatar Science & Technology Park (

The Qatar Science & Technology Park has a special free zone status and is a center of research and commercial excellence for scientific development and regionally produced intellectual property for both Qatari and international partners. The park promotes the research and commercialization of technology projects.

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)

The QFC has a free zone status, and was established pursuant to Law No. 7 of 2005. The QFC attracts international financial institutions and multinational corporations to establish businesses in international banking, financial services, insurance, corporate head office functions and related services. The QFC is organized into two authorities, a commercial authority and a regulator –the QFC Authority and the QFC Regulatory Authority respectively. Both the bodies are independent of each other and from the Government of Qatar. The QFC permits regulated activities primarily related to financial, insurance, brokerage and fund management services; and Unregulated activities such as ship broking, agents and classification services.

The QFC has its own rules and regulations; the entities registered within the QFC operate and trade without a local sponsor or service agent, while having a 100% foreign ownership, and being governed by the QFC rules and regulations.



Manateq (Economic Zones Company) is a shareholding company established by the Minister of Business and Trade of the State of Qatar under decision No. 272 in the year 2011.  

Manateq develops and manages Specialized Economic Zones (SEZ) and other related projects in Qatar with emphasis on the creation of a solid infrastructure in which small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can prosper and grow. Manateq plays a vital part in the realization of the country’s overall economic growth and diversification strategy as well as in boosting the local knowledge economy. The company’s mandate covers various key locations that offer an integrated range of services, they have been clearly clustered to provide infrastructure and services that cater to specific industries and business sectors, ensuring the right conditions for smooth, long-term operations for clients, and the opportunity for excellent returns are facilitated.

The Special Economic Zones, Logistics Parks, and Warehousing Parks offer local and foreign investors a range of client services, unparalleled inter-connectivity, access to GCC and global markets, high quality infrastructure, an easy set-up process, and much more.

Qatar in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is an excellent hub for foreign companies for various reasons. The Embassy is welcoming inquiries and will support companies in  close cooperation with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency and local business support organizations in the Netherlands.

 Examples of Qatari companies in the Netherlands:

  • Muntajat BV (Marketing and sales of Petrochemicals), 
  • Qatar Petroleum International BV’s,
  • Lusail BV (Equestrian)
  • Qatar Holding/Katara Hospitality: Amstel Hotel)

    Kindly visit the website to obtain information about investing in the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Bent u geïnteresseerd in zakendoen in Qatar? Neem voor meer informatie contact op met de afdeling economische zaken in Doha. Daarnaast heeft de Regional Business Developer in de Golfregio kennis van de kansen voor handel, investeringen en R&D in Qatar.