The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) that was established as per Emiri Order No. 1 of 2016 undertakes the role of building a transportation system founded on the latest systems and best practices in the sector and oversees the development of the digital sector with aims to transform Qatar into a digitally-enabled smart city that has a diversified and vibrant economy.
The MCIT aims to diversify the economy and benefit all the people of Qatar, through the development of e-government programs and by boosting digital literacy and capacity to foster a digital environment. The MCIT is committed to the development of the digital sector in Qatar, as part of its mandate to:
Digital Industry within MCIT in Qatar focuses on four main areas:
Tasmu Digital Valley:
Tasmu Digital Valley based in Qatar will facilitate collaboration, enable the execution of new startups, and act as a hub for resources and support in the digital industry; with the overarching goal to grow the local digital SMEs and startups ecosystems towards scaling and commercialization
Developing the Digital Market
The Department shall assess the digital market in Qatar, identify opportunities for development, and develop programs to grow the digital industry, especially amongst SMEs and with regards to the competitiveness of Qatari digital products.
Promoting Emerging Technologies:
In partnership with key research and innovation entities, the Department shall identify and develop new technologies (such as pilots, proof of concept, etc.) that will serve national development objectives.
Supporting Digital Entrepreneurship:
In line with the Qatar Smart Nation Strategy to promote and nurture the tech startup scene, the Department has set up incubation centers and has fostered an ecosystem of digital players to facilitate the growth of the digital industry and help tech startups gain traction.
The Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) aims to stimulate Qatar’s economic development by attracting foreign direct investment and encouraging domestic investors to expand internationally, through their business-friendly offerings provided by their following free zones: