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The State of Qatar

Qatar Fact File
Country name State of Qatar
Population 907,229 July 2007 estimate
Languages Arabic [official], English is widely spoken
Currency Qatar Riyal [QR] = 100 dirhams
Official Religion Islam
Capital Doha
Business Hours Government Offices & States Enterprises:
07:00 to 14:00 [Sunday to Thursday]
Banks: 07:30 to 13:30 [Saturday to Thursday]
Commercial Offices: 07:30 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 20:00 [Sunday to Thursday]
Hours are reduced during Ramadhan
Embassy requirements and legalisation fees
All shipments to Qatar must be covered by an Arab-Irish Certificate of Origin and along with an Invoice must be certified by the JA-ICC and then legalised by our Chamber by the Qatari Embassy in London. Please note all shipments for Qatar must be legalised.
Health and Radiation Certificates are often required for food, meat and poultry consignments.
A Halal Certificate stating that slaughter was according to Muslim law must accompany fresh, frozen meat and poultry.
Shipments covering the following goods are exempted from Invoice leglisation fees only. The Embassy will still charge a fee for the Certificate of Origin and any other document which is presented. Our Chamber charges certification fees on all documents.
Medical: For the Ministry of Public Health and Hamad Medical Est. only. Medicine, blood substitutes, all types of immunisation and chemicals

Consumables: Rice, wheat, sugar, flour, milk, fat, fresh fruit & vegetables.
Certificate of Origin/ Packing List (original or copy) 60.00
Other documents or copies 40.00
Manifest or copies 60.00
Invoice value in Sterling - If your Invoice is not in sterling - please calculate the value by using The Financial Times Exchange Rate.
Invoice or copy up to 1.000.00 40.00
Invoice or copy over 1,001.00 and up to 3,000.00 80.00
Invoice or copy over 3,001.00 and up to 10,000.00 209.00
Invoice or copy over 10,001.00 and up to 20,000.00 357.00
Invoice or copy over 20,001.00 and up to 30,000.00 515.00
Invoice or copy over 30,001.00 and up to 50,000.00 714.00
Invoice or copy over 50,001.00 and up to 100,000.00 873.00
Invoice or copy over 100,001.00 and up to 200,000.00 1,190.00
For an Invoice over 200.001.00, please check legalisation fees with the Chamber.
All personal documentation e.g. Degree Certificates or Marriage Certificates must be stamped by the Department of Foreign Affairs before submitting for certification and/or legalisation.
Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry
P.O.Box 402,
Tel.: (+974) 455 91 11
Fax: (+974) 466 16 93 or 466 16 97
Please note that Embassies rules and regulations can and do change overnight. We bear no responsibility for any such changes. Any changes that do take place will be passed directly to our customers.
We regret that we cannot under any circumstances, intercede or take responsibility for any transactions initiated directly between an exporter and an Embassy.
The Joint Arab-Irish Chamber of Commerce [JA-ICC]: 60 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 1 662 4451 / 662 1577Fax: + 353 1 662 47 29Email:
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