Business Optimism Index on Qatar

Qatar is currently witnessing an astounding period of economic growth. Public & private sector investments into the economy ranging from infrastructure, industry, real estate, oil & gas, education, culture, and ICT has spurred a flurry of economic activity rarely seen around the world.

As part of D&B’s commitment to enhancing the availability of information on Qatar’s economy, D&B has launched the first Business Optimism Index on Qatar in partnership with the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority – the first survey of its kind in the region.

The Business Optimism Index on Qatar is issued quarterly and is based on a survey conducted amongst a sample of the country’s business community, representing key sectors of the country’s economy.

The Business Optimism Index measures the level of optimism in the business community; gauge their expectations, and how this relates to the current economic environment in Qatar.

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Qatar Financial Centre

Established by the Government of Qatar in 2005, the Qatar Financial Centre (“QFC”) is an on-shore centre which has become an integral part of Qatar’s economy and rapid growth story and is fulfilling its mandate to help build a world-class financial and business environment in Qatar, providing a platform for domestic, regional and international growth. The QFC comprises four independent bodies: the QFC Authority; the QFC Regulatory Authority; the Civil and Commercial Court (First Instance and Appellate Divisions); and the Regulatory Tribunal.

The QFC Authority is the commercial and strategic arm of the QFC; it is responsible for developing and ensuring compliance with the QFC regulations and rules comprising the QFC’s legal and tax environments; it is responsible for the administration of the Companies Registration, Employments Standards and Immigration Offices respectively; and it is also responsible for the licensing of all firms applying to conduct non-regulated permitted activities. The QFC continues to attract a broad range of leading regulated and non-regulated firms, both domestic and international.

QFC-licensed firms benefit from an environment which operates to international standards, with a legal system based on English Common Law, regulation which is risk and principles-based and a competitive tax regime. Business can be carried out in or from the QFC, in local or foreign currency. Uniquely, this allows businesses to operate both locally and cross-border. Furthermore, the QFC allows 100% ownership by foreign companies and all profits can be remitted outside of Qatar.

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