Qatar eases registration procedures for NGOs

June 16, 2010

Qatar has simplified registration procedures for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private and professional associations.

The State Cabinet, on the recommendations of the Minister of Social Affairs, can approve the formation of an NGO or a private or professional association even if it does not fully the provisions of the law regulating them.

NGOs are required to have a minimum capital of QR10 million ($2.745 million), but this condition can be waived by the State Cabinet.

Private and professional bodies will initially receive a three-year renewable licence. However, the failure of the organisation to have its own or rented premises within six months of receiving the licence could result in the cancellation of the permit.

Licensed organisations and associations are required to have their by-laws and memorandum of articles or contracts endorsed by its promoters before they apply for registration.

Punitive action for breaking rules can includes jail terms of one month to a year or fines ranging from QR15,000 ($4,118) to QR50,000 ($13,725) or both.


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