Getting Started

U.S. embassies are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Qatar. In this section, you’ll find an quick description of Qatar as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

  1. Visit the export.gov page on Qatar to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities.  Visit the export.gov page on Qatar to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunitiesThe Library Includes:
    • Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In” guides)
    • Industry Overviews*
    • Market Updates*
    • Best Prospects*
    • Industry/Regional Reports*
  2. Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Qatar . Contact a Trade Specialist Near You
  3. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs)Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
  4. Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar or the U.S.-Qatar Business Council
  5. Make use of business matchmaking services

Investing in Qatar

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Qatar.

Potential investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Qatar, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Visit Qatar country resources, such as Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Doha
  • Contact local U.S. business support organizations, such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar or US-Qatar Business Council
  • Review the Investment Climate Statement for Qatar, a report prepared annually by the U.S. Embassy in Qatar that provides country-specific  information to help U.S. investors make informed decisions.

Current investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Qatar, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Qatar, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Qatar, visit the Qatari Embassy website .

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Qatar.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

More information on the FCPA can be found here:  https://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud/foreign-corrupt-practices-act

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.