Start Your Setup

What Can You License Under the QFC?

To operate from the QFC, you must conduct activities from our list of permitted activities. 

QFC offers 50+ permitted activities to operate.


Your Set Up Journey

1. Expression of Interest in the QFC

Your expression of interest in setting up an entity under the QFC can be initiated by completing the ‘Start Your Setup’ form or by contacting our business development team at +974 4496 7836 or email  
A member of our business development team will get in contact. Based on your plans and business operations, our business development team will confirm to you if your operations will be aligned to QFC Permitted Activities and it is considered your entity will add strategic value to Qatar and the QFC.

If it is determined that your proposed activities fall within the regulated activities, which are defined in the QFC Financial Services Regulations (FSR), in which case, an authorisation must be obtained from the QFC Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) before proceeding with the rest of the application for the certificate of incorporation or registration.

2. Complete Single Online Application*

If your proposed business operations are aligned to the non-regulated activities permitted under the QFC, a link will be shared with you to direct you to our secure QFC portal where you can complete an online Application for Registration and License with QFC.
Once submitted your application and all supporting documents provided will be reviewed and assessed. Your dedicated Business Development Representative will clarify any points that require follow up. Once you satisfy all our requirements, your application will be approved.

3. Certificate and Scope of License Issued

Once your application is approved you will receive your Licensing and Registration Certificates, your QFC entity’s Scope of License, and Licensing Letter.
    You can track the status of your application through
    the QFC app. 

*View a short tutorial about our online Application for Registration and License with QFC
Once your entity is registered, you will be assigned a dedicated Relationship Manager who will support you to ensure your on-boarding is smooth. You can be assured of ongoing support from our Client Affairs Team and our Growth Team to help you throughout your business journey in Qatar.

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

A form of legal entity known as a limited liability company. Refer to Article 14 of Part 3 of the Companies Regulations.

LLC Requirement Guidelines

Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

A form of legal entity known as a Limited Liability Partnership. Refer to Article 6 of Part 2 of the Limited Liability Partnerships Regulations. 

LLP Requirement Guidelines

LLC Branch / LLP Branch

A branch of a Non-QFC Company registered in the QFC under these Regulations. Refer to Article 157 of Part 14 of the Companies Regulations.

Branch Requirement Guidelines

LLC (Guarantee) - LLC(G)

A branch of a Non-QFC Company registered in the QFC under these Regulations or any other Regulations. Refer to Article 92A of Part 3A of the Companies Regulations.
LLC(G) Requirement Guidelines

Application and Annual Fees

Application Fee


Annual Non-Regulated LLC, Branch Fee

US$5000 pro-rated

Annual Non-Regulated SPC, Holding Co. Fee


Application and Annual Fee for LLC(G




Note: Application fees are non-refundable. 

Application Fee for Foundation


Annual Fee for Foundation

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Our Tailored QFC Membership Program

Select Level

Our Select Level contains a range of benefits suitable for companies that opt for simple and basic assistance to become established on a small scale.

More about our membership program

Advanced Level

Our Advanced Level contains a range of comprehensive benefits including discounts, opportunities and VIP partner services that will help kick-start your company and your employees in Qatar.

Premium Level

Our Premium Level contains a range of comprehensive benefits including discounts, opportunities, and VIP partner services; in addition, the QFC will actively promote your company through a variety of media channels to give you a competitive edge

Some of the Offerings to Look Forward to

Access to special
banking services

Special relocation
service rate

Work space solutions
at special rates

Sponsorship opportunities

Helping You Stay Compliant 


Additional Information

Download an activity description guide for our non-regulated permitted activities

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Interested parties are advised to consult the QFCA Rules, Schedule 5 Licensing Criteria, which lists the criteria used in assessing an application

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Every QFC entity must have a registered office/principal place of business and this address must be in a QFC designated location at all times

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Discover more about QFC's brochures, forms and guides

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Discover more about starting your setup with QFC

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Ask For Help

QFCA Client Affairs

2nd Floor, QFC Tower 1
(Opposite to City Center mall, West Bay)
PO Box 232 45
Doha, Qatar

+974 4496 7777

Download a PDF Version of the "Your Set Up Journey With the QFC"

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