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ABOUT THE DIGITAL INDUSTRY IN QATAR

Overview

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) 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 MOTC 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 MOTC is committed to the development of the digital sector in Qatar, as part of its mandate to:

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  • Oversee and develop the information and communications technology sector to serve the national development requirements
  • Foster a competitive environment that is conducive to investments
  • Secure and enhance the efficiency of digital infrastructure and develop the next generation thereof
  • Raise awareness of the importance of digital technology and how to use it safely to improve peoples’ lives, towards building a knowledge community based on a digital economy
  • Implement and oversee e-government programs

Digital Industry

Digital Industry within MoTC 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.

Qatar Free Zones Authority

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:

1

Umm Al Houl Free Zone

Launched early 2019
  • 34 km2 free zone near Hamad Port
  • Has its own MARSA Port
2

Ras Bufontas Free Zone

To be completed in 2019
  • 4 km2 free zone near Hamad International Airport
  • Has direct access to airport

QFZA’s free zones have a focus on the following sectors

Emerging Technologies

Logistics

Downstream Chemicals

Zone Benefits

  • 0% corporate tax for renewable 20-year periods
  • No restrictions on capital repatriation
  • 100% foreign ownership
  • Zero customs duties
  • Branch or LLC structuring options
  • Access to investment funding
  • Robust data protection & intellectual property laws