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US$9.2mn
Bilateral trade in 2020-21

US$ 247.1mn

FDI inflows from April 2000 to March 2021

746,550
Indian expats currently live in Qatar

Petrochemicals

Besides, LNG, India also imports ethylene, propylene, ammonia, urea, and polyethylene from Qatar.

Trade

India is the third-largest export destination for Qatar and ranks at 10th position for Qatar’s imports.

Infrastructure

Projects such as Gold Line Metro and Wakra Bypass highway have offered lucrative opportunities.

Regulation

Qatar has created a one-stop-shop, eliminating five procedures and lowering property transfer time by 11 days.

IT-ICT

Qatar's fast-growing IT-ICT industry has turned towards India for skill development and new-gen tech R&D.

Tourism

The Governments of both nations are proactively encouraging opportunities in two-way travel and tourism activities.

India's Exports and Imports to Qatar

Value in US$Million

S.No. \Year 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
1 EXPORT 1,054.98 902.13 784.56 1,471.88 1,611.16
2 %Growth -14.49 -13.03 87.61 9.46
3 India’s Total Export 310,338.48 262,291.09 275,852.43 303,526.16 330,078.09
4 %Growth -15.48 5.17 10.03 8.75
5 %Share 0.34 0.34 0.28 0.48 0.49
6 IMPORT 14,604.71 9,022.16 7,646.22 8,409.02 10,721.70
7 %Growth -38.22 -15.25 9.98 27.5
8 India’s Total Import 448,033.41 381,007.76 384,357.03 465,580.99 514,078.42
9 %Growth -14.96 0.88 21.13 10.42
10 %Share 3.26 2.37 1.99 1.81 2.09
11 TOTAL TRADE 15,659.69 9,924.29 8,430.78 9,880.90 12,332.86
12 %Growth -36.63 -15.05 17.2 24.82
13 India’s Total Trade 758,371.89 643,298.84 660,209.46 769,107.15 844,156.51
14 %Growth -15.17 2.63 16.49 9.76
15 %Share 2.06 1.54 1.28 1.28 1.46
16
TRADE BALANCE
17 India’s Trade Balance -137,694.93 -118,716.67 -108,504.60 -162,054.83 -184,000.33

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)

+91-11-2373-8760/70

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Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi - 110001

The Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry

+974-4455-9111

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P.O BOX : 402 Doha , Qatar.

Qatar Investment Authority

+974-4499-5919

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P.O. Box 23224, Doha Qatar

Indian Trade Portal

+91-11-4604-2130; 4604-2177

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Niryat Bhawan, Rao Tula Ram Marg,Opp. Army Hospital Research & Referral, New Delhi-110057

Embassy of India, Doha, Qatar

+974-4425-5777

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Villa No 86 & 90, Street No. 941,
Al Eithra Street, Zone 63,
Onaiza, P.O. Box 2788,
Doha – Qatar.

Commercial Representative

+974-4425-5704

Shri Surinder Bhagat

First Secretary (Political & Commerce)

Opportunities

Agricultural exports

    Non-alcoholic beverages other than waters of 2202.10 (not incl. fruit/veg. … (220290)

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    Carcasses/half-carcasses of lamb, fresh/chilled (020410)
    Cuts & edible offal of species gallus domesticus, frozen (020714)
    Meat of fowls of species Gallus domesticus, not cut in pieces, frozen (020712)

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    Bread, pastry, cakes, biscuits & oth. bakers’ wares n.e.s. in Ch.19, whethe … (190590)

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    Cereals (excl. those which have been hulled/othw. wkd.), n.e.s. (100890)
    Other wheat and meslin (100199)
    Semi-milled/wholly milled rice, whether or not polished/glazed (100630)

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    Yogurt (040310)

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    Leeks & oth. alliaceous vegetables, fresh/chilled (070390)

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    Crustaceans; frozen, shrimps and prwns, excluding cold water varieties, in shell or not, smoked, cooked or not before or during smoking; in shell, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water (030617)
    Fish; fresh or chilled, Pacific salmon, not fillet, livers, roes, other fish meat of heading 0304 (030213)
    Other, including preparations of blood of any animal (160290)
    Prpd/ prsvd meat, meat offal of bovine anmlsw (160250)
    Prpd/prsvd meat, meat ofal/ blood of fwls of the spcs galus dmstcs (160232)

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Employment Opportunities

*Information subject to changes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Priority in employment is given to Qatari citizens. Employers who wish to hire non-Qataris or recruit workers from abroad are required to obtain permission from the government. Foreigners may work in Qatar under different employers.

Indian nationals comprise the largest expatriate community in Qatar and are engaged in a wide spectrum of professionals, including medicine, engineering, education, finance; banking, business, media and labour.

Labour Law: https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/topics/Employment+and+Workplace/laborlaw

More Info: Ministry of Interior Hukoomi for Migrant Workers

    Public and private infrastructure building, maintenance

    The construction industry in Qatar is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 9.6% over 2019-24. Construction of civic infrastructure and connectivity projects have largely been supported by foreign workers at different levels in Qatar.

    Ministry of Municipality and EnvironmentResidency Permits inquiry

    Tax, accounting, banking, insurance, audit and other financial services

    Qatar, with a population of only around 2.7 million, makes up around 5% of insurance premiums from the Middle East and North Africa region. Financial services in Qatar are supported by foreign workers at different capacities.

    Ministry of FinanceResidency Permits inquiry

    Doctors, nurses, radiologists, lab technicians

    The Qatar Healthcare Facilities Master Plan 2013-2033 provides the first guide for managing the country’s growth of key healthcare infrastructure. Qatar attracts large number of healthcare workers ranging from doctors to nurses and lab technicians.

    Ministry of Public HealthResidency Permits inquiry

    Culinary, server, personalcare, hotel, tour and travel staffing

    With steady growth in business and tourism, Qatar’s hospitality sector has seen increased activity. The nation will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The hospitality sector in Qatar, ranging from hotels to tourism to personal care, employs foreign workers.

    Qatar TourismResidency Permits inquiry

    Software, hardware, new technology in telecoms and communications

    The IT and ICT infrastructure in Qatar has been set up and is supported by foreign workers.

    Ministry of of Transport and CommunicationsResidency Permits inquiry

    Automobile to food products production

    The manufacturing sector contributes around 10% of Qatar’s national GDP. The manufacturing industry in Qatar, covering a range of products, draws foreign manpower.

    Ministry of Commerce and IndustryResidency Permits inquiry

    Upstream oil and gas sector staffing

    Qatar is the largest producer of liquefied natural gas in the world, with the oil and gas industry contributing the largest chunk to the national GDP. Qatar’s oil and gas exploration sector is a major employer and strength for the economy.

    Oil and Gas SectorResidency Permits inquiry

    Faculty positions up to uninversity

    The education sector in Qatar is expected to be worth around US$2.8 billion by 2023, as per Ken Research. The education sector in Qatar, ranging from schools to universities draw foreign teaching staff from different disciplines.

    Ministry of Education and Higher EducationResidency Permits inquiry
Minerals

priority sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from Qatar
  • Accessories
  • Textile products
  • Garments
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton clothes
  • Transport equipments
  • Tools
  • Minerals,
  • Meats
  • Pharmaceuticals
India's top export to Qatar
  • Electronic tools
  • Transportation equipments
  • Iron, steel
  • Precious stones
  • Rubber
  • Plastic
  • Fertilizers and Chemicals

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