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QATAR INVESTMENT An oasis in a global economic maelstrom


Massive growth, huge infrastructure projects and some of the world’s most prestigious sporting events make Qatar an attractive investment destination for the next decade. Factor in the many favorable business environment and Qatar becomes the shining point on the gloomy Western economic front.


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atar welcomes foreign investment. In fact, the emirate has created an environment that is more than conducive to foreign investors


to participate in joint ventures, be it at the grassroots or at the macro-economic level. Additionally, the very high returns for each dollar invested in that country makes it a very attractive proposition indeed. According to various sources, Qatar’s gross


domestic product (GDP) is growing between 28 per cent and 40 per cent per year. This phenomenal rate of growth will continue for some time to come. Additionally, the massive infrastructure projects that are expected to mushroom across Qatar over the next decade will dwarf anything that has happened in that emirate before. Qatar will be spending an estimated $180 billion between 2011 and 2022, to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. What makes Qatar special is that it has


established a very generous and highly amiable business environment for investors. For example: Ö Qatar’s corporate tax rate is one of the lowest in the world; Ö foreign investors may lease real estate for their projects, on friendly terms with 50 years’ renewable leases; Ö investors can transfer funds easily into Qatar quickly and efficiently; Ö Qatar’s banking and communications systems are modern and efficient, and; Ö the country’s legal system and trade laws are investor friendly. Add to this the fact that Qatar is ranked 37th among


181 countries in the World Banking Rankings for Ease of Doing Business. It is also a stable economy and the banking and exchange sector forms one of the most stable financial backbones in the world. Qatar’s digital communications infrastructure backed by a well-trained and relatively inexpensive labour sector, in addition to


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a highly educated local Qatari population means that foreign investors have access to a range of services at very short notice. Qatar is also an investment environment in which


any contingencies can be handled quite easily and with minimal cost. There is also the Qatar Business


Network (QBN), which was established to provide a forum for the local and foreign business community and investors to meet on a regular basis. The QBN provides the opportunity for the participants to exchange views and opinions about existing and potential business opportunities in Qatar. It also provides guidance on how best to promote international integration between business communities. There are currently 340 professional members representing a diverse range of business disciplines.


ABOVE: Doha financial district


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