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Join Qatar's financial revolution. The QFC’s strategy focuses on financial services industries such as FinTech, Islamic Finance, Capital Markets and Asset Management.

The government is actively promoting Qatar as a regional centre for fintech, which will act as a catalyst to drive innovation and growth forward, making it the perfect time and place to join the FinTech revolution.

Opportunities exist within digital payments, money management, lending, remittances and investments.

Financial Services

The QFC’s strategy focuses on financial services industries which include Banking, Asset Management, Insurance & Reinsurance, Islamic Finance, Specialised Finance such as Aviation and Ship Finance, and FinTechs.

With accelerated digitization of trade, commerce and service, the government is actively promoting Qatar as a regional hub for FinTech (Qatar FinTech Hub, QFC Tech Circle, etc.), which will act as a catalyst to drive innovation and growth forward. Opportunities exist within Digital Payments, SME Enabling Tech, Insurtech, Regtech, and Islamic FinTech.

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Digital

Join Qatar's financial revolution. The QFC’s strategy focuses on financial services industries such as FinTech, Islamic Finance, Capital Markets and Asset Management.

The government is actively promoting Qatar as a regional centre for fintech, which will act as a catalyst to drive innovation and growth forward, making it the perfect time and place to join the FinTech revolution.

Opportunities exist within digital payments, money management, lending, remittances and investments.

Digital & Media

Qatar’s digital sector is playing a vital role in driving economic diversification in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. It provides an opportunity to collaborate with recognised brands and industry leaders across ministries, government agencies, public and private enterprises on an array of digital opportunities.

With technology and digitization playing an even more vital role in the economic recovery after COVID-19, Qatar’s digital industry is poised for rapid growth fuelled by projects envisaging investment of USD 80+ billion in next few years. 

The country offers a multi-billion dollar digital opportunity with one of the highest per capita digital spending in Middle East and Africa region which is estimated 12 times higher than average across the wider Middle East. The per capita digital spend is set to further increase by 140% to around USD 3.2 billion by 2023. Majority of digital spending in Qatar is driven by key verticals such as Defense & Security, Energy & Utilities, BFSI, Industrial, Logistics & Transportation, Telecom, Consumer Products, and Sports. Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, IoT, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, AR/VR, ERP, IT Consulting, System Integration, Custom Application Design and E-commerce are few of the leading technology segments in Qatar.

At Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), we continue to extend our competitive array of benefits and incentives to digital services firms from around the world to use our platform to launch in Qatar and expand to the wider region. Additionally, our initiatives such as ‘QFC Tech Circle’ (a shared working space we offer to eligible tech firms to run their operations) and TechTalks (an informative series where technology firms, experts and innovators from Qatar’s digital ecosystem, as well as internationally, share ideas, network and explore opportunities spanning different verticals) are designed to help firms that set-up within the QFC to enjoy unparalleled market access.

Sports

With the goal of becoming a regional sports hub, Qatar is holistically developing the sports sector, a substantial part of Qatar’s economic diversification strategy, supported by Qatar National Vision 2030. Qatar has invested massively in developing its sports ecosystem with the aim of turning it into a $20 billion industry ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022™. 

Qatar hosts on an average more than 150 sport events annually and with major upcoming events like 2023 World Aquatics Championships and the 2030 Asian Games, efforts within the sector will continue to shape Qatar as an ideal sports business destination well after the FIFA World Cup 2022™.

According to a recent projection, the estimated local market size of allied sub-sectors like Facilities Management is expected to be around USD 6.8 billion; industries catering to sports education, sports medicine, sports tourism, sports data & analytics and sports merchandising represent a combined total market worth around USD 280 million. These opportunities help position Qatar as an attractive business destination for sports companies from around the world. 

Enhancing investment in the sports sector is part of QFC’s multi-pronged strategy to develop and strengthen the local economy. This is substantiated by its array of other initiatives, such as the our partnership with Aspire Zone Foundation to establish the Sports Accelerator – Qatar Sport Business District, to attract large sports-related multinationals, and with Qatar SportsTech an initiative led by Qatar Development Bank to support local and international start-ups. 

With the right balance of facilities, talent, and key players to support innovators and entrepreneurs, international sports firms will have the opportunity to access untapped opportunities in Qatar’s sector, including facilities management, education, medicine, tourism, data & analytics and merchandising prospects. QFC is at the forefront of enabling interested firms from around the world to venture into Qatar’s sports sector and access the wider region.