Three Changes that will affect entrepreneurs in Qatar

Amid a broader push to diversify Qatar’s economy beyond oil and gas, the government has begun rewriting several cumbersome rules for starting a new business.

While some changes remove onerous requirements – such as the need to raise QR200,000 before obtaining a commercial registration – others appear to be adding new hurdles for those trying to launch a company.

The most recent initiative by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) was announced this month.

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It relaxes the rules around business centers, which rent furnished offices and provide access to boardrooms and other facilities to companies with modest space requirements.