There are three systems for property ownership in the State of Qatar. The three types of investors are:
GCC nationals may own real estate in approved "investment" areas, as declared by the Cabinet. Investments can be made in businesses involved in commercial, residential, industrial, tourism and educational activities.
The three named areas are:
Non-Qataris may invest and own land, buildings and constructions in three designated projects:
Pearl – Qatar
West Bay Lagoon
Al Khor Resort Project
Non-Qataris may also acquire rights over:
Real estate leased for a term of 99 years, renewable on similar terms.
"Residential Units" for a term not exceeding 99 years and in general a right to convey property belonging to another person for its own profit, utility or advantage.
The law further enhances the desirability of investing in Qatari property by allowing non-Qatari owners to apply for visas and residency for themselves and their families without any Qatari sponsorship.
To find out the number and value of sold properties across Qatar as well as other useful information, please check the different editions of Qatar's Monthly Statistics bulletin, available on the website of the Planning and Statistics Authority.