Media City Qatar is a media hub in the capital city of Doha, Qatar. It is designed to be a one-stop shop for media production companies and professionals looking to work in the region. Media City Qatar is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a wide range of services and resources to support the media industry.
It is a media and technology ecosystem with a futuristic vision aimed at the international creative industries in the heart of the Middle East. Qatar has a track record of successful large-scale industry projects such as Al Jazeera Media Network, Qatar Airways, Qatar Foundation, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Media City Qatar is expanding this vision in media, technology, and entertainment locally and globally.
Media City Qatar follows an internationally recognized ethical code and aims to become a hub for engaging international media networks, technology companies, and research and training institutions. Additionally, it will serve as a platform for nurturing creative talent and incubating emerging social media and technology innovation projects, which may include AI and robotics.
One of the key features of Media City Qatar is its Free Zone status, which means that foreign companies can operate within Media City Qatar without the need for a Qatari partner. It is an attractive location for international production companies accessing the Middle East market. The Free Zone status also provides a range of tax incentives and exemptions for companies operating within Media City Qatar.
These are the documents required for business formation in Qatar. Differences may occur depending on the type of corporate structuring, which is below:
If the shareholder is a Body Corporate incorporated outside Qatar:
If the shareholder is a Body Corporate incorporated in Qatar:
If the shareholder is a Natural Person:
Company formation in the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) may require a different set of requirements.
General Document Requirements
Memorandum of Association (MOA) or Articles of Association (AOA) Drafting – This document outlines a Qatar company’s relevant details and objectives. It is completed with the assistance of a legal advisor, before being submitted to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) and attested by the Ministry of Justice.
Company Name Reservation – Company names must comply with Qatar’s naming rules. Once a name is chosen, it’ll be reserved through MoCI.
Commercial Register Application – Qatar businesses need a Commercial Register (CR) from MoCI to open a corporate bank account, transact with customers, buy or own assets under the company, among others.
Office Space Securing – Mainland Qatar businesses are required to have a physical office before they apply for a trade license.
Tax Certificate Application – Businesses must apply for a Tax Certificate within 30 days of getting the CR, to avoid penalization from the Ministry of Finance.
Trade License Application – If business formation is happening in mainland Qatar, the trade license will be obtained for MoCI. Meanwhile, each free zone has an authority that oversees applications. Either way, our business setup advisors will assist.
Computer Card Registration – Computer Cards are necessary to hire employees and issue Residence Permits, while also indicating who can sign on its behalf. This document is obtained from the Qatar Immigration and Passport Control Office.
Corporate Bank Account Opening – Qatar businesses can open a bank account with the many local and international banks in the country. This is a necessary step prior to starting business operations.
Company Seal Application – Once the above steps are complete, Qatar companies can now get a company seal.