EENI Global Business School
Business in Qatar, Doha

Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Qatar. Doha

  1. Introduction to the State of Qatar (Middle East)
  2. Doing Business in Doha
  3. Qatari Economy
  4. Foreign Trade (Import, Export) of Qatar
  5. Business Opportunities in Qatar:
    1. Hydrocarbons
    2. Construction
    3. Major projects
    4. Public sector
  6. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Qatar
  7. Case Study:
    1. Hanan Al Kuwari
    2. Al-Jazeera
  8. Access to the Qatari market
  9. Business Plan for Qatar
Access to the Logistics Corridors:
  1. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
  2. Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran Transport Corridor (KTAI -ECO)
  3. Qatar withdrew from the Ashgabat Agreement

Qatari Preferential Access and Free Trade Agreements

  1. Qatar and the Arab Economic Area
  2. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, and Bahrain.
  3. Qatar has Free Trade Agreements (as a GCC Member) with China, South Korea, Australia, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), New Zealand, India, Thailand, the European Union, Singapore and the MERCOSUR.
  4. Trade Preferential System among the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (TPS-OIC)

The objectives of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the State of Qatar” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Qatari Economy and Foreign Trade (Import, Export, FDI)
  2. To know the business opportunities in the State of Qatar
  3. To explore the Qatari trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Qatari Trade Agreements (FTA)
  5. To examine the profile of Qatari companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Qatari market
The Subject “Doing business in Qatarbelongs to the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:
  1. Doctorates: Islamic Business, World Trade
  2. Masters: International Business, Muslim Countries
  3. Diploma: Business in the Middle East

Online Arab Student, Master International Business

Qatar, Master Doctorate Business Master in International Business adapted to the Qatari students

Learning materials in Master in International Business in English or Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Qatar Study, Master in International Business in French Qatar

  1. Credits of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Qatar”: 1 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: one week

ماجستير في التجارة الخارجية و التسويق الدولي

Hanan Al Kuwari (Qatari Director)





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Description of the Subject: International Trade and Business in Qatar

The State of Qatar:

Qatar is the first country in the World by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.

  1. The population of Qatar amounts to 1.5 million people, of whom 83% lives in Doha (Qatar's political capital) and its main suburb Al- Rayyan
  2. Nearly all Qataris are Muslim (98% Sunni)
  3. Arabic is the official language in Qatar
  4. Qatar shares borders with Saudi Arabia
  5. Abolition of Slavery in Qatar: 1952
  6. Independence of Qatar from the United Kingdom: 1971

Religion in Qatar: Islam Sunni is the principal religion of Qatar

  1. The main school of Islamic Jurisprudence is Hanbali

Qatar belongs to the Arab Economic Area (Islamic Civilisation).

Qatari Economy

  1. Qatar is the international financial centre of the Gulf region
  2. In 2001, Doha hosted the first ministerial-level meeting of the Doha Round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  3. Al- Jazeera (the leading international Arab media communication) headquarters are in Doha
  4. Qatar is a very open economy
  5. Petroleum, natural gas, and related industries make up most of the Qatari economy
  6. Qatar produces less than 1% of the world petroleum production
  7. Crude oil and liquefied natural gas account for 80% of the exports of Qatar
  8. Qatar, like other countries in the Gulf region, is being affected by the international financial and economic crisis, including by the decline in international demand for hydrocarbons, both in quantity and value

Foreign Trade of Qatar

  1. Total international trade (imports + exports) related to its GDP stands at 95%.
  2. Main imports of Qatar: The European Union (EU), Japan, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea
  3. Qatar exports mainly to Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and the European Union (EU)
  4. The largest Qatari export products are hydrocarbons (petrol and gas), fertilizers and chemicals, and steel products
  5. The largest Qatari imports are machinery, primary metals, cars and other means of transport, food, chemicals, and building materials
  6. In the States of Qatar is required to work with a Qatari import agent/distributor (natural or legal person) who has the exclusive distribution rights for Qatar

EFTA-Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement (Course Master)

Qatar is negotiating other Free Trade Agreements with the United States, Japan, and Australia. Qatar also has signed economic agreements with France, Germany, Romania, China, Senegal, the Republic of India, Cuba, Switzerland, Finland, and Turkey.

Qatar is a member of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf:
Cooperation Council Arab States of the Gulf GCC

Regional Economic Institutions. Qatar is a member of:

  1. Arab League
  2. Summit of South American-Arab Countries (ASPA)
  3. Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED)
  4. Islamic Development Bank
  5. Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organisations (AGFUND)
  6. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
  7. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  8. Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)
  9. United Nations (UN)
  10. World Bank (WB)
  11. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  12. International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Greater Arab Free-Trade Area GAFTA

European Union-Qatar (Gulf Cooperation Council):
European Union-Gulf Cooperation Council Agreement (Course)

Trade Preferential System TPS Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

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