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International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region

(Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]

Qatar: New Cabinet Resolution Regulating Real Estate Ownership by Foreign Nationals

(Jan. 5, 2021) On October 6, 2020, Qatar’s Ministry of Justice announced the establishment of the Office for Non-Qatari Real Estate Ownership. The main objective of this office is to provide foreign nationals who want to reside or invest in the state of Qatar with all the necessary requirements for the purchase and sale of […]

Qatar: Minister of Justice Issues Regulation on Lawyers’ Legal Obligations Regarding Anti-money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Requirements

(Dec. 3, 2020) On July 9, 2020, Qatar’s minister of justice issued a regulation laying out lawyers’ legal obligations when developing an anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing program and policies for the lawyers’ organization. Minister of Justice Regulation No. 24 of 2020 was published in Qatar’s Official Gazette following the ratification of the draft by […]

Qatar: Installing COVID-19 Tracing App on Mobile Phones and Wearing Face Masks among Recent Mandatory Anti-pandemic Measures Instituted by Authorities

(June 11, 2020) Between May 13 and May 18, 2020, the government of Qatar announced the imposition of a number of mandatory measures aimed at reducing the country’s “stubbornly high” COVID-19 infection rate that, as of June 9, 2020, had left 71,879 people out of a population of roughly 2.8 million infected, with 62 deaths. […]

Arab Gulf Countries: Preventive Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Pandemic Adopted

(Apr. 14, 2020) During the month of March 2020, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, adopted a number of precautionary measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing a Coronavirus Center and Suspending Flights After […]

Qatar: Labor Minister Pledges Abolition of Kafala System and Establishment of New Minimum Wage System for Foreign Workers

(Nov. 5, 2019) On October 17, 2019, the Qatari minister of labor announced that the cabinet had unanimously approved a resolution to abolish the kafala system, under which Qatari employers sponsor foreign nationals to work in Qatar. The resolution eliminates the “No Objection Certificate” (NOC), which the initial employer of a foreign domestic or manual […]

Qatar: Draft Law to Enhance Real Estate Sector Approved

(June 12, 2019) On May 30, 2019, the cabinet of the State of Qatar approved a draft law on real estate development to strengthen the real estate market. (Cabinet Approves Draft Law on Regulating Real Estate Development, THE PENINSULA (May 30, 2019).) The draft law amends Law No. 6 of 2014, which regulates the granting […]

Qatar: New Law to Create Permanent Residency System Adopted

(Nov. 19, 2018) On September 4, 2018, the amir of Qatar signed Law No. 10 of 2018, creating a new residency system for foreign nationals who are interested in residing permanently in the state of Qatar. (Details of the New Permanent Residency Law, AL-SHARQ (Sept. 4, 2018) (in Arabic).) Law No. 10 of 2018, known […]

Qatar: Amir Ratifies Country’s First Asylum Law

(Nov. 8, 2018) On September 4, 2018, the amir of Qatar ratified Law No. 11 of 2018 Regulating Political Asylum. (His Highness Issues Law Regulating Political Asylum, AL-SHARQ (Sept. 4, 2018); Law No. 11 of 2018 Regulating Political Asylum, AL-JARIDAH AL-RASMIYAH [OFFICIAL GAZETTE], vol. 15, 12 Oct. 2018, pp. 9–16, Ministry of Justice’s Al-Meezan legal […]

Qatar: Anti-Terror Legislation Amended

(Aug. 16, 2017) On July 20, 2017, the Amir of Qatar issued Decree No. 4 of 2017 to amend Law No. 11 of 2004 on combating terrorism. Decree No. 4 of 2017 covers the definition of acts of terrorism.  (Qatar Amir Issues Decree to Amend Provisions of Anti-Terror Law, AL ARABIYA (July 20, 2017).) Specifically, […]