Exporting to Qatar
Strong links with the UK
Qatar has strong political, cultural, and economic ties to the UK. English is widely spoken and people value brands from the UK. UK exports to Qatar continue to rise. In the year to March 2019, UK exports to Qatar amounted to £3.5 billion (ONS, 2019).
National Vision 2030
The UK is the partner of choice for National Vision 2030, Qatar’s social, economic and environmental development programme (Goverment Communications Office of Qatar, 2019). It provides a framework for government policy, planning and allocation of funds. Its goals include reducing reliance on oil and gas revenues, increasing economic diversity (including developing a local knowledge-based economy) and stimulating the private sector.
Foreign direct investment incentives
Qatar has various initiatives to incentivise foreign direct investment (FDI). There are two free zones, designed to allow for 100% foreign ownership, one near Hamad International Airport and one near Hamad Port (Qatar Free Zone Authority, 2019). Manateq, Qatar Financial Centre and Qatar Science and Technology Park operate as free-zone-style locations.
Opportunities for exporters
There are opportunities for UK companies across a broad range of industries. Our trade advisers in the Qatar have identified particular opportunities for UK businesses in the following sectors.
UK expertise in major sporting events
The UK has an excellent reputation for sport - both participating in and staging world-class events. UK companies are the partners of choice for local firms and organising committees in all major sporting events across the world.
Broad range of opportunities
There are opportunities for UK businesses in a range of areas including construction, security, event management, retail, hospitality, and the creative industries.
Gas well extension
Shell's investment at the Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) plant at Ras Laffan is the single largest foreign investment in the country. There are supply-chain opportunities supporting Shell’s gas well extension.
Deployment of new rigs
There are further opportunities across the supply chain supporting the deployment of new Shell rigs.
New solar plans
Qatar’s ambitious solar plans, including a 700 MW solar power plant, offer supply chain opportunities to UK exporters.
Opportunities for UK exporters
There are opportunities for UK businesses across a range of infrastructure projects including road, street and water infrastructure, transport, education, retail, healthcare and defence infrastructures.
Recognition of UK infrastructure expertise
The UK and Qatar enjoy strong political, cultural, and economic ties. UK businesses are respected for their quality and reliability and we have a strong reputation for delivering in Qatar.
2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar
The 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar is a key milestone for the country and a unique opportunity for UK exporters. The major construction projects like Stadia Qatar and the metro are close to being concluded. However, as heavy investment into general infrastructure and city development continues there are still many opportunities for UK companies.
The UK and Qatar signed a bilateral agreement in 2017 to increase collaboration in the healthcare sector, building on the UK’s world-leading capability in this area. There are opportunities for both private and public sector. Qatar’s adaptation of the NHS model makes it easier for UK companies to propose their services.
There are many potential opportunities for UK businesses in Qatar’s healthcare sector. Government priorities include a new health insurance scheme, health facilities management, e-health and data management, technology and biomedical, development of diagnostic services, clinical education and knowledge transfer and exchange of expertise.
Private sector priorities
Opportunities for UK businesses also exist in Qatar’s private healthcare sector. These include a health facilities management, specialised clinical offerings, pharmacy and drug distribution, medical device development, e-health, design and build and consultancy.