Qatar enjoys a strong and robust banking and financial system. Banks play a vital role in supporting economic development through loans and financial services to companies involved in major Qatari projects.
Qatar Central Bank is the bank of government and the monetary authority of Qatar’s banking and financial system, mandated to formulate and implement policies that achieve objectives that are primarily concerned with the stability of the economy and the avoidance of financial imbalances.
To this end, the QCB takes steps towards maintaining:
You can find more details on how QCB achieves its objectives on the Bank’s website.
Consumers and businesses have a wide choice of local and international banks to serve their everyday needs. Qatar’s banks provide a comprehensive range of services that include current and savings accounts, loans, credit cards, overdrafts, payment processing, bank drafts and checking and safety deposit boxes, insurance contracts, investment advice and so on. In addition to these traditional functions, Qatar’s banks offer innovative electronic banking services that are among the most advanced in the world, including an extensive ATM network that facilitates utility bill payments, full service internet and mobile banking, contactless payment by mobile and numerous merchant electronic payment technologies, to name but a few.
|Bank Name||Phone Number|
|Ahli Bank QSC||8002222 +974 44232222|
|Arab Bank||+974 44387878|
|Bank Saderat Iran||+974 44414646 +974 44430344 +974 44430345|
|BNP Paribas||+974 44537537|
|Commercial Bank||+974 44490000|
|Doha Bank||+974 44456000|
|Al Khaliji Bank||+974 44940000|
|Qatar Development Bank||+974 44300000|
|Standard Chartered Bank||+974 44248 601|
|United Bank Limited||+974 44254444|
Islamic banking is based on the principles of the Shari'ah (Islamic rulings) and its practical application through the development of Islamic economics. The principles, which emphasise moral and ethical values in all dealings, have wide universal appeal.
In 2011 the QCB announced that conventional banks would no longer be allowed to run Islamic windows, sections of banks that operate according to Shari’ah principles and that Islamic banking services could only be offered by separate, dedicated institutions. This prompted the closure of several conventional banks’ Islamic banking operations in Qatar, leaving four Sharia-compliant banks in the market having combined assets equivalent to one third of those held by the conventional banks.
|Bank Name||Phone Number|
|Dukhan Bank||+974 44488888|
|Masraf Al Rayan||+974 44253333|
Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE), formerly the Doha Securities market, was founded in 1997 and is a full member of the World Federation of Exchanges. The market lists and facilitates share trading on locally based companies. In June 2014 the QSE was upgraded to emerging market status on the MSCI World Index, bringing it in line with exchanges in countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and Turkey.