Qatar welcomes foreign participation to invest in all the various sectors of national economy with 51% Qatari participation. To promote foreign investment in Qatar Government has enacted new Foreign Investment Laws permitting 100 % foreign ownership in business sectors including agriculture, manufacturing, health, education, tourism power and projects which develop and utilize the State's natural resources. However the law does not allow a non-Qatari to participate in banking, insurance, commercial agency or real estate trading activities. Full foreign ownership is also viable for companies registering under the following zones:
Qatar Science & Technoloy Park
Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) was established by Law No.36 for the year 2004 and is a home for technology-based companies from around the world and an incubator for start-ups enterprises. The QSTP operates as a ‘free-zone', providing favorable investment incentives aiming to be an internationally renowned centre for research excellence and commercialisation. The QSTP has been successful in attracting leading world-wide business establishments and current tenants include European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), ExxonMobil, Gartner Lee, Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, Shell and Total.
Qatar Financial Centre
The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) was established on May 1st 2005, under Law No.7 of 2005, to attract international financial institutions and multi-national firms to establish themselves in Qatar . Qatar 's vibrant economy and an estimated capital investment programme of over $130 billion in the coming five years provide vast opportunities for international financial institutions. . The QFC provides a familiar international legal and business infrastructure that is separate from the host Qatari systems. The QFC is led by a commercial authority and a regulatory authority which is independent from each other and the government of Qatar .
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