It is mandatory to have an office in Qatar to be able to trade in the country. This office needs to be registered with the municipality and receiving the agreement can be a long and difficult process. Serviced offices, on the other hand, are already individually approved before being rented out, which makes for an easy and hassle-free option. Co-working and virtual offices do not grant you the right to register your company in Qatar to trade.
Doha is a booming city with a fast-growing economy, and there will be many new developments from now until the FIFA World Cup they are hosting in 2022. While the serviced office market in Doha is strong, only a few providers have entered the market – but this is expected to change as new centres open.
For foreign businesses establishing themselves in Doha, West Bay is highly recommended, as the most iconic and westernised area in a very traditional country.
Prices for serviced office space start at around QAR 5,000 – 6,000 per person. The prices will vary according to location and requirements while costs are inclusive of amenities, which can cover Internet, meeting rooms, IT and administrative support, lounges and kitchens, car parking, videoconferencing and AV equipment, among others.
A good proportion of requests are relatively small – one to three desks – as many corporations start out with a limited number of people when establishing themselves in Doha.
Instant offer a great variety of flexible office solutions across a range of sizes, and are able to accommodate most enquiries, from one person through to 100 or more, depending on the specifics. Serviced office providers can be flexible with the layout of the workspace, and are happy to discuss partitioning to fit a particular requirement.
Why choose Doha?
Establishing a business in Doha is an easy way to enter the Qatar market, and indeed, the region as a whole. It is a fast developing country with a strong economy and huge potential – as well as its oil and gas assets, there are a number of lucrative projects under development attracting foreign investors. It also has all the desired amenities of a modern city, with luxury hotels and apartments, numerous shopping centres, and attractive leisure facilities. The new airport, along with the upcoming Doha Metro and Doha Light Rail System, will completely revolutionise transport in the city.
Five things you probably didn’t know about Doha:
- The name of the city comes from the Arabic ‘Ad-Dawha’ which translates to ‘the big tree’
- Wile Arabic is the nation language, due to the high number of expatriates here English, French, Urdu, Malayalam and Tagalog are all commonly used
- Qatar will be the smallest country ever to host the Football World Cup in 2022, although it has never qualified for the tournament before with a team
- The cost of petrol in Doha is approximately 17p per litre
- Foreigners are permitted to invest in businesses in the country but 51% of the company must be owned by a Qatari