Posted on May 01, 2017

A forthcoming report by the global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) will shine a spotlight on Qatar’s new arbitration law and its role in providing a modern forum for the settling of disputes.

The Report: Qatar 2017 will consider the part that the new legislation will play in enhancing the country’s business climate and attracting higher levels of foreign investment. OBG’s publication will also chart the impact of reforms made to the kefala sponsorship system, which were implemented following criticism of Qatar’s labour practices. Other issues to be analysed include the steps that legislators have taken to strengthen state policies where international human rights are concerned and meet key targets laid out in the country’s long-term development plan, Qatar National Vision 2030.

Al Sulaiti Law Firm has signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with OBG for the Group’s 2017 report on the country. Under the MoU, the full service law firm will team up with OBG to compile and produce the Law Chapter of The Report: Qatar 2017.

Mubarak Bin Abdulla Al Sulaiti, the law firm’s CEO and Chairman, said he looked forward to analysing Qatar’s evolving legal landscape with OBG, noting that several of the changes, such as those governing FDI, company ownership, alternative dispute resolutions and employment, would be of interest to business leaders. “New laws and reforms made to others are a key factor in Qatar’s efforts to attract investors for its huge project pipeline and related facilities and services,” he said. “It will be a pleasure to help Oxford Business Group’s readers navigate these important legislative developments ahead of the decision-making process.”

Izabela Kruk, Oxford Business Group’s Country Director welcomed Al Sulaiti’s input, saying that the raft of new openings emerging across Qatar’s economy heightened the need for investors to update themselves on the country’s legal framework.

“Al Sulaiti has a broad spectrum of expertise, having provided cutting edge legal services and solutions to local, national and international clients for more than 15 years, which ranges from sports legislation, developed as Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup, to the rules governing foreign investment, international trade law, intellectual property and taxation,” she said. “I’m delighted that we will benefit from its team’s professional knowledge as we begin the research phase of our 2017 report.”

The Report: Qatar 2017 will be a vital guide to the many facets of the country, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and other sectoral developments. The publication will also contain contributions from leading representatives, including the governor of the Central Bank, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Saoud Al-Thani. It will be available in print and online.