Ease of Doing Business in


This page summarizes Doing Business 2015 data for Qatar. The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF)** measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarizes the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

Economy Overview

Region Middle East & North Africa
Income Category High income
Population 2,168,673
GNI Per Capita (US$) 85,550
City covered Doha
Doing Business 2015 Rank Doing Business 2014 Rank*** Change in Rank
50 45 down -5

Doing Business 2015 DTF** (% points) Doing Business 2014 DTF** (% points) Change in DTF** (% points)
69.96 69.87 down 0.09

Starting a Business


The challenges of launching a business are shown below. Included are: the number of steps entrepreneurs can expect to go through to launch, the time it takes on average, and the cost and minimum capital required as a percentage of gross national income (GNI) per capita.

DB 2015 Rank 103 DB 2014 Rank*** 92 Change in Rank down-11
DB 2015 DTF** (% points) 83.14 DB 2014 DTF** (% points) 83.18 Change in DTF** (% points) down-0.04

Information on new business density and number of newly created firms with limited liability can be found at Entrepreneurship Database.

Indicator Qatar Middle East & North Africa OECD

The total number of procedures required to register a firm. A procedure is defined as any interaction of the company founders with external parties (for example, government agencies, lawyers, auditors or notaries).

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Procedures (number)
8.0 8.0 4.8

The total number of days required to register a firm. The measure captures the median duration that incorporation lawyers indicate is necessary to complete a procedure with minimum follow-up with government agencies and no extra payments.

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Time (days)
8.5 18.9 9.2

Cost is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita. It includes all official fees and fees for legal or professional services if such services are required by law.

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Cost (% of income per capita)
5.2 28.1 3.4

The amount that the entrepreneur needs to deposit in a bank or with a notary before registration and up to 3 months following incorporation and is recorded as a percentage of the economy’s income per capita.

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Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
62.6 45.6 8.8
No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs
1 Reserve a unique company name at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce Less than one day (online procedure) QAR 1000
2 Open bank account and deposit the minimum capital 1 day no charge
3 Obtain the approval of the Commercial Companies Control Department on the articles of association 1 day QAR 1500
4 Authenticate the Articles of Association at the Ministry of Justice (one-stop-shop counter at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce) 1 day QAR 24 for first 2 shareholders + QAR 9 for each additional shareholder
* 5 Register with the Commercial Registry and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the one-stop-shop of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) QAR 2,200 (Chamber of Commerce) + QAR 500-5,000 (Commercial Registration)
* 6 Obtain the trade and signage licenses from the Municipality of Doha (one-stop-shop counter at the Ministry of Economy and Commerce) 1 day (simultaneous with previous procedure) QAR 10,020 (Trade license) + QAR 50-150 (signage license)
7 Register for taxes and obtain a Tax Identification Number (TIN) 1 day no charge
8 Make a company seal 2 days QAR 150
  * Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

**The distance to frontier score shows how far on average an economy is at a point in time from the best performance achieved by any economy on each Doing Business indicator since 2005 or the third year in which data for the indicator were collected. The measure is normalized to range between 0 and 100, with 100 representing the frontier. Read more...

***Last year's rankings are adjusted. They are based on 10 topics and reflect data corrections.

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