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What QFC Can Offer You

Up to 100% foreign ownership

Corporate tax on locally-sourced profits

Repatriation of profits

Trade in any currency

Compelling tax & business environment

Legal environment based on English common law

World-class regulator

World class civil and commercial court

Streamlined, swift and  transparent company registration and licensing process.

Dedicated in-house immigration team


What Can You License Under the QFC?

<p style="font-weight: 400; font-style: normal;">To operate from the QFC, you must conduct activities from our list of permitted activities. </p><div style="font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-size: 16px; font-family: Graphik-Regular-Web;"><br></div><p style="font-weight: 400; font-style: normal;">QFC offers 50+ permitted activities to operate.</p>

Your Set Up Journey

1. Expression of Interest in the QFC

Your expression of interest in setting up an entity under the QFC can be initiated by completing the ‘Start Your Setup’ form or by contacting our business development team at +974 4496 7836 or email businessdevelopment@qfc.qa.  

A member of our business development team will get in contact. Based on your plans and business operations, our business development team will confirm to you if your operations will be aligned to QFC Permitted Activities and it is considered your entity will add strategic value to Qatar and the QFC.

If it is determined that your proposed activities fall within the regulated activities, which are defined in the QFC Financial Services Regulations (FSR), in which case, an authorisation must be obtained from the QFC Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) before proceeding with the rest of the application for the certificate of incorporation or registration.

2. Complete Single Online Application*

If your proposed business operations are aligned to the non-regulated activities permitted under the QFC, a link will be shared with you to direct you to our secure QFC portal where you can complete an online Application for Registration and License with QFC.

Once submitted your application and all supporting documents provided will be reviewed and assessed. Your dedicated Business Development Representative will clarify any points that require follow up. Once you satisfy all our requirements, your application will be approved.

3. Certificate and Scope of License Issued

Once your application is approved you will receive your Licensing and Registration Certificates, your QFC entity’s Scope of License, and Licensing Letter.

    You can track the status of your application through
    the QFC app. 

Once your entity is registered, you will be assigned a dedicated Relationship Manager who will support you to ensure your on-boarding is smooth. You can be assured of ongoing support from our Client Affairs Team and our Growth Team to help you throughout your business journey in Qatar.

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Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A form of legal entity known as a limited liability company. Refer to Article 14 of Part 3 of the Companies Regulations.

Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

A form of legal entity known as a Limited Liability Partnership. Refer to Article 6 of Part 2 of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations. 

LLC Branch / LLP Branch

A branch of a Non-QFC Company registered in the QFC under these Regulations. Refer to Article 157 of Part 14 of the Companies Regulations.

LLC (Guarantee) - LLC(G)

A branch of a Non-QFC Company registered in the QFC under these Regulations or any other Regulations. Refer to Article 92A of Part 3A of the Companies Regulations.


Application and Annual Fees

Application Fee


Annual Non-Regulated LLC, Branch Fee

US$5000 pro-rated

Annual Non-Regulated SPC, Holding Co. Fee


Application and Annual Fee for LLC(G




Note: Application fees are non-refundable. 

Application Fee for Foundation


Annual Fee for Foundation


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Our Tailored QFC Membership Program

Select Level

Our Select Level contains a range of benefits suitable for companies that opt for simple and basic assistance to become established on a small scale.

Advanced Level

Our Advanced Level contains a range of comprehensive benefits including discounts, opportunities and VIP partner services that will help kick-start your company and your employees in Qatar.

Premium Level

Our Premium Level contains a range of comprehensive benefits including discounts, opportunities, and VIP partner services; in addition, the QFC will actively promote your company through a variety of media channels to give you a competitive edge

Some of the Offerings to Look Forward to

Access to special
banking services

Special relocation
service rate

Work space solutions
at special rates

Sponsorship opportunities


<div><br></div>Helping You Stay Compliant 

First Month

Ensure that you have access to the QFC E-services portal.

Apply for computer card.
This will help you with immigration & setting up a bank account.

Set up your bank account.
Preferred Partner: Commercial Bank.

Start the immigration process.


Discover more about Immigration >

Ensure that your office is in a designated QFC building.

QFC designated buildings >

All Employers - please ensure a staff privacy notice is displayed in line with the Data Protection Regulations.


Data Protection Regulations > 

Complete the Conduct of Business Policies and Procedures checklist.

Complete your online tax registration.
Your tax card will be issued within 10 days. 

Within 3 Months

Your Senior Executive Functions (SEF) full residency should be completed within 3 month.

You will be required to provide a copy to us.

Notify us once you receive the Resident Permit. 

Professional Indemnity Insurance cover needs to be finalised within 3 months.

You will be required to provide a copy to us.

Registered office agreement.

You will be required to provide a copy to us.

Within 12 Months

Complete the annual compliance checklist.
Due every 31st of January.

File your annual return.
Not applicable to branches, SPCs and holding companies, which are passive or wholly owned by the
state of Qatar. 

Find out more >

Submit your Ultimate Beneficial Ownership (UBO) annual report upon anniversary of registration.

Submit your annual financial statement.

Not applicable to branches, SPCs and holding companies, which are passive or wholly owned by the State of Qatar. 


Find out more >

File your annual tax return and pay any tax due. 

Tax filing and payment are due 6 months after the end of the accounting period. 

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Ask For Help

QFCA Client Affairs

2nd Floor, QFC Tower 1
(Opposite to City Center mall, West Bay)
PO Box 232 45
Doha, Qatar

+974 4496 7777


Download a PDF Version of the "Your Set Up Journey With the QFC"

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