March - June 2011

This edition of the Qatar Law Update includes new laws published in Official Gazettes 3 of 2011, 4 of 2011, 5 of 2011 and 6 of 2011.

Highlights

Emiri Decision No. (17) of 2011

Establishing a Qatar Authority for the development of small and medium enterprises. The Authority is responsible for encouraging the development of small and medium enterprises. It is tasked with putting in place a strategy to encourage the growth of small and medium enterprises, providing them with technical assistance, and coordinating with banks and governmental institutions for the purposes of financing and marketing appropriate projects. This Decision is effective from 20 February 2011.

Decree No. (5) of 2011

Ratifying the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States. This Decree is effective from 14 February 2011. The Convention is a multilateral treaty that established the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, an international institution that provides facilities for the resolution of investment disputes through conciliation or arbitration.

Council of Ministers Decision No. (20) of 2011

Amending certain provisions of the Council of Ministers Decision No. 22 of 2009 establishing the Complaints Committee of the Qatar Financial Markets Authority effective from 21 February 2011.

Law No. (3) of 2011

Amending certain provisions of Law No. (15) of 2002 regarding Civil Aviation effective from 16 April 2011. In particular, the amendments impose criminal penalties for certain acts such as smoking and using electronic devices in breach of instructions.

Law No. (4) of 2011

Amending certain provisions of Law No. (3) of 1983 regarding pharmacists, and the brokers and agents of pharmaceutical companies effective from 31 March 2011. The Supreme Health Council has been renamed the Ministry of Public Health. This legislation entitles the Licensing Committee, which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Public Health, to set maximum retail prices for pharmaceuticals, and provides that foreign manufacturers may only sell pharmaceuticals in Qatar through entities holding a valid import license.

Emiri Decision No. (27) of 2011

Establishing the Supreme Committee for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup effective from 21 April 2011. The Committee is responsible for organizing the 2022 World Cup, and putting into place appropriate policies and strategies.

Emiri Decision No. (28) of 2011

Appointing the board of directors of the Supreme Committee for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup effective from 21 April 2011.

Minister of Economy and Finance Decision No. (10) of 2011

Issuing the Executive Regulations of Law No. (21) of 2009 (the Income Tax Law). The Executive Regulations clarify certain provisions of the Income Tax Law.

Minister of Business and Trade Decision No. (94) of 2011

Establishing Qatar Railways Development Company Q.S.C. effective from 31 March 2011. This is a joint venture company formed under Article 68 of the Commercial Companies Law (Law No. (5) of 2002), between DB International GmbH (the international arm of the German national rail company Deutsche Bahn) and Qatar Railways Company (a subsidiary of Qatari Diar) for railway consultancy services.