Qatar

Qatar is a small country located in the Middle East, with significant revenue from oil and natural gas resources. As of 2017, of the 2.6 million inhabitants of Qatar, 2.3 million were expatriates. The country has the world’s highest per capita income and is regarded as a country of high human development by the UN. The high-income economy has the world’s third largest oil reserve in the world. Since 1868, Qatar has been ruled by the  House of Thani and recognized as a separate country; it was previously ruled under the British protectorate when it gained its independence in 1871.

Although small in size, Qatar has a high level of influence on affairs around the world and is considered a middle power. The country is currently subject to the diplomatic and economic embargo by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the UAE, which began in 2017.

Qatar played a major role in the Gulf War in 1991, namely in the  Battle of Khafji. Qatar allowed Canadian forces to utilize an airbase during the war, and allowed French and US air forces to occupy the territory. In 1995, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani seized control over Qatar. Since this time, liberalization has occurred in the country, including the launch of Al Jazeera and a move towards women’s suffrage. Qatar served as the central port for US intelligence agencies in 2003, during the invasion of Iraq.

The country is ruled by the  Al Thani family, and considered a constitutional or absolute monarchy. The Supreme Chancellor has absolute right to appoint/remove the prime minister and cabinet ministers. Limited rights to write laws is appointed to the  Consultative Assembly, however, Emir has the final say as to which legislation is approved into law. Under the Constitution,  Sharia law is the primary source of law in Qatar. Judicial corporal punishment is a common practice in the country.

Qatar is a member of OPEC, Arab League, and the Gulf Cooperation Council. The judiciary is broken up into multiple courts of law. These include Court of Cassation, Appeal, and Preliminary courts.

The National Law Review has the latest coverage and news stories about Qatar and the country’s international affairs. Antitrust investigations, international affairs, energy and environmental news, terrorism concerns, and other stories are regularly updated online.

Date Title Organization
20
Feb
New US Action Against Melamine Imports Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
15
Feb
New Antidumping and Countervailing Petitions on Melamine from Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago ArentFox Schiff LLP
18
Jan
Qatar | Hayya Card Validity Extended Berry Appleman & Leiden
8
Nov
ETA System Opens for Qatari Nationals Berry Appleman & Leiden
19
Apr
New GCC rules for employers, Part 5 – minding your Bs and Qs (Bahrain & Qatar) Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
22
Nov
World Cup Heat a Reminder for Employers on Heat-Related Illness Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
14
Nov
Recent Changes to Tender Law Regulations in Qatar K&L Gates
20
May
Doing Business in Qatar: How to Comply with the QFC Beneficial Ownership Procedures Miller Canfield
3
Feb
Discombobulated Contractual Communications? Let Us Be Clear! K&L Gates
15
Oct
Update on COVID-19 Developments in Qatar Miller Canfield
20
Sep
Amendments to The Qatar Commercial Companies Law K&L Gates
28
Jul
Nota Bene Episode 136: Africa Q3 Check In: Diligent Competition Investigations and the Digitization of the Economy with Andreas Stargard [Podcast] Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
16
Jun
Ultimate Beneficial Ownership Rules in Qatar (2020) K&L Gates
18
May
Qatar - An Opportunity For Operation and Maintenance PPPs K&L Gates
26
Apr
Qatar Free Zones and Progress So Far K&L Gates
23
Mar
The QFC Court Confirms Its Status as An Opt-In Jurisdiction for Arbitration Cases K&L Gates
15
Jan
Qatar Financial Centre Issues New Tax Exemption for Defense and Security Companies Miller Canfield
5
Nov
The Accession of the State of Qatar to the Cape Town Convention K&L Gates
10
Mar
SFO In The Dock Again As Former Barclays’ Executives Cleared Of Qatari Fraud Charges Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
20
Dec
Wait, I Might Be Participating in a Boycott? Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
1
Apr
Overview and Q&A: Construction and Projects in Qatar K&L Gates
10
Jan
Forecast for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2019: Mexico, Central and South America and the Middle East Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
11
Apr
The Regulations of Food-Contact Materials in the Middle East Keller and Heckman LLP
24
Jan
Security and Privacy: A View from Asia and the Middle East Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
17
Jan
Qatar and Islamic Fintech K&L Gates
9
Jun
Force Majeure: Preserving Contractor Rights During Qatar Diplomatic Crisis; What You Need to Know Hunton Andrews Kurth
31
Jan
Qatar’s New Personal Data Privacy Law Proskauer Rose LLP
1
Dec
A First of its Kind—QFC Judgement Successfully Enforced by the Qatar Central Bank K&L Gates
7
Jan
The Middle East Energy Sector – Key Themes for 2015 Hunton Andrews Kurth
24
Nov
Miami International Airport (MIA) Expansion Indicative of City’s Economic Growth Bilzin Sumberg
25
Sep
With Immigration: The Advent of Global Entry Greenberg Traurig, LLP
8
Sep
Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) Again in the Spotlight: New York Times Examines Foreign Funding and Think Tanks Covington & Burling LLP
11
Dec
Energy & Environmental Law Update – December 11, 2012 Mintz
12
Jun
Energy and Environment Update - June 10, 2012 Mintz
12
Apr
U.S. Department of Energy and Qatar Sign Agreement to Strengthen Cooperation on Clean Energy U.S. Department of Energy
 

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