Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently asked questions

1. Where can I find information about upcoming tenders in Qatar?

There are multiple sources where a company can identify current government tenders.This includes tender announcements in local newspapers.

However, to search online, you may find tender opportunities on the Qatar Development Bank website: , and the Ministry of Finance Procurement Portal:

2. Do You help us find a local partner??

Fusion Middle East, as a 100% Qatari company, becomes the local 51% Qatari shareholder/partner when required.

Using our company as your local Qatari shareholder, opposed to an individual, provides greater protection for your investment and more effective business continuity planning.

For more information on how Fusion Middle East, the local partner of choice, can assist you with establishing your company in Qatar, contact us here.

3. How far in advance can i renew my residence permit?
It is possible to renew a Qatar ID (QID)/Residency Permit up to six months in advance of its expiry date. However, in most cases, companies shall wait until closer to the expiry date of QID prior to completing the renewal process.

Should your company require assistance with renewing your employees’ Qatar IDs, or other PRO and Visa Solutions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

4. Can I be a shareholder in another company whilst still working at my job?

Yes, you are permitted to be a shareholder and listed as an authorized signatory of a company in Qatar whilst holding a Qatar ID under another company. However, please note, that we would recommend that you check the terms outlined in your employment contract as to whether your employer permits it.

Furthermore, please note that, if you are an expatriate and wish to be added to the Establishment Card of the company in Qatar, you would first need to transfer your sponsorship to the company.

Without being listed on the Establishment Card of the company, you may face challenges in signing certain documentation.

For more information, please contact us here.

5. Do you help start-ups in setting up in Qatar?

Yes, Fusion Group Holding can assist SME’s, Large Multinationals and new start ups establish a commercial presence in Qatar.

As a group, we have multiple subsidiaries which specialise in different segments of the marketplace.
After meeting with you and evaluating your requirements, we shall discuss the different options that you have available and recommend what is the most appropriate.

As a company, we can assist in the end-to-end legal establishment of the company, acting as the 51% Qatari shareholder where appropriate, in addition to providing ongoing support for your ongoing PRO Service and Visa requirements.

For more information, please contact us here.

6. Does Fusion invest equity in the start-up?

In most cases, Fusion Group Holding does not invest capital into start-up companies.

However, we assess each opportunity on a case by case basis. In addition, we would be happy to speak with those companies that have been established in the marketplace for a number of years and are looking to expand through debt financing.

For more information, please contact us here.

7. Are there any available free zones in Qatar? Can I have personal ownership?

As Qatar pursues it’s aim of diversifying the economy away from Oil & Gas, there are a number of initiatives that allow for 100% foreign ownership. Foreign Branch Office aside  – The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) permits 100% foreign ownership in a number of activities. Whilst it is not a free zone, as companies are still required to pay 10% corporation tax on locally sourced profits, the QFC is permitted to operate and is considered, an onshore permanent establishment.

Please note however, companies that wish to tender directly to government or quasi government entities, or wish to import and export goods into Qatar, or have a large labour force, may not find the QFC a suitable option. For more information, please visit the QFC website.

In addition to the QFC, Qatar also has the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and is in the process of developing a number of Special Economic Zones. More information, as it is released, can be found here.

For more information, feel free to get in touch.

8. Is there an investment visa in place in Qatar?

Unlike some GCC Countries, currently, there is no “Investment Visa” available in Qatar. Each expatriate individual from outside of the GCC, must be sponsored in Qatar by a company, or a family member to obtain Residence in Qatar.

For those that are investing and establishing a company in Qatar, it is common that the company created would then hire the shareholder as an employee of the business, thereby allowing them to obtain their Residence In Qatar. Please note however, obtaining residence in Qatar can be challenging for certain nationalities, therefore, we would recommend contacting us first to provide insight on the process and considerations that you may face.

For more information, feel free to get in touch.

9. How much does it cost to start a company in Qatar?

The cost of starting a company in Qatar can vary dramatically depending upon the requirements of each business. As a first step, we would recommend reading our blog post on the Cost of Doing Business in the Middle East . Thereafter, for a free no-obligation consultation on the options and expected costs for your establishment, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

10. What are the office space requirements in Qatar?

For a Ministry of Commerce & Industry Limited Liability Company to obtain a Trade License in Qatar, the company must have and maintain a  lease on a fit for purpose office space in addition to providing the associated documents for the office, even if the company doesn’t intend to operate from the office. Unfortunately, virtual offices are not permitted. However, dependent upon the activities of the company, a serviced office space is often a suitable and cost effective solution to new companies.

Whilst Fusion Group Holding does not offer office space, we would be happy to introduce you to some of our preferred partners upon request.

For more information on the requirements of setting up a company in Qatar, and for a free consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.

11. Is there a companies house in Qatar?

Whilst there is not a Companies House in Qatar, locally established companies are required to obtain membership to the Qatar Chamber of Commerce. Some information on companies can be found in their Membership Directory.

When looking to conduct due diligence in Qatar on a client, agent or partner, we would recommend requesting their Commercial Registration & Establishment card to obtain the company details. Further to this, it is always beneficial to ask for references of companies that you can contact whom have a similar relationship to that which you are trying to achieve. Lastly, some companies find it useful to contact their home countries chamber of commerce/embassy to obtain on the ground information where appropriate.

12. Do you help individuals with their PRO services?

Fusion Support Services are licensed specialists that can provide ongoing PRO/Mandoob Services. In many cases, to conduct the work, we are required to be engaged formally by an individual’s employer. However, in certain circumstances, Fusion Support Services can assist an individual with their family based requirements. For more information about our PRO Services and how Fusion Support Services can assist, please contact us here.

13. What happens if I’ve been out of the country longer than 180 days?

Your Qatar ID will be automatically de-activated from the system, thus you would be no longer allowed to enter the State of Qatar on your QID. If this happens, there is an option to apply for a “return permit” to Qatar. If approved, a return permit would allow you to enter Qatar with the return permit and re-activate your QID.

However, if you choose to leave the QID de-activated, please note that this will still need to be cancelled by your employer/sponsor in order for the Qatar ID information to be removed from the Ministry system and employer records.

For more information about our PRO Services and how Fusion Support Services can assist, please contact us here.

14. How often do I need to be in Qatar to keep my RP valid?

You should enter Qatar on your Qatar ID at least once within every 6 months (180 days).

For more information about our PRO Services and how Fusion Support Services can assist, please contact us here.

15. Are the number of visas a company is issued based on the office size?

Unlike other jurisdictions, there is no official relationship between the number of visas a company are allocated and the size of their office. Instead, a number of factors are taken into consideration including, but not limited to, the activities of the company, the size and requirements of contracts that they currently hold and the company’s history with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs.

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