Al Sulaiti Law Firm and the US-Qatar Business Council (USQBC) recently hosted a virtual forum, which tackled the latest updates on Qatar’s Labour Law and Residency Law.
“With Qatar's rapid pace of economic development and diversification, many changes to the country's legal framework have occurred affecting both foreign and domestic companies and residents of Qatar.
“While these changes will ultimately enhance the commercial and investment opportunities in Qatar, many businesses' operations may be impacted as new laws begin to be enforced,” USQBC stated in a statement.
The briefing, which is part of a newly-signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between USQBC and Al Sulaiti Law Firm, aims to inform both Qatari and American companies of the recent legal reforms and how they will affect business operations, and what changes to expect going forward, the statement added.
USQBC managing director Sheikha Mayes al-Thani, who delivered the opening remarks, said: “As USQBC and as an active member of the business community, I have decided to focus on this topic and provide our members support in clearing out any confusion on the recent changes in the Qatar Labour Law.”
Al Sulaiti Law Firm chairman Mubarak al-Sulaiti said, “Recently, the State of Qatar has made important changes to Labour Law No 14/2004 and the Law Organising the Entry and Exit of Expatriates and their Residence (Law No 21/2015).
“Also, Law No 17/2020 Determining the National Minimum Wage for Employees and Domestic Workers was issued. I believe the changes and the Minimum Wage Law are a step forward towards the protection of the employees’ and employers’ rights.”
During the event, Mohamed Ameen Hashim, legal counsel and head of Contracts and Corporate Department at Al Sulaiti Law Firm, presented the updates on the labour and residency laws and answered members questions. USQBC business engagement manager Dima Wahbeh moderated the webinar.
Last month, Al Sulaiti Law Firm and USQBC signed an MoU to promote investments, raise legal awareness, and strengthen bilateral economic relations between the US and the State of Qatar.
Held under the patronage of Qatar Chamber, the signing ceremony took place at the Chamber headquarters in the presence of its chairman Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani.
The major thrust of the MoU is to promote mutually-beneficial co-operation between Al Sulaiti Law Firm and USQBC in the areas of investment, legal awareness, and bilateral economic ties.
Al Sulaiti Law Firm and USQBC will work together to provide Qatar and US investors with expanded access to information about potential investments, create information exchanges focused on how to invest in the US and Qatar, and support USQBC’s effort to better market available opportunities.