Non-Qataris can own properties on the Pearl of the Gulf Island, the West Bay Lagoon Project, and Al Khor Resort Project, the identification, terms and conditions, and ownership procedures thereof shall be by a Council of Ministers’ Decision.
The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (“GCC”) are allowed to own not more than three real estate assets within the residential regions of Qatar provided that the total did not exceed 3000 square metres. This could be increased with special direct Ministerial approval. GCC nationals may also invest and own real estate in “investment areas” declared by cabinet resolution being Lusail, Al Khuraj and Thaayleb Mountain. These investment areas can be allocated for carrying out a wide range of activities including commercial, residential, industrial, tourism, and educational activities.
Under the Real Estate Registration Law (14 of 1964) any transaction (except leasing) in relation to a real property in Qatar must be registered with the Real Estate Registration Department in the Ministry of Justice. Unregistered transactions with respect to a real property will not be enforceable and will not have any effect against third parties.
However, all non-Qataris can hold Leasehold rights in the following 18 designated investment areas, for a period of up to 99 years (renewable for other period/s with the same terms issued in the Cabinet’s decision No 6/2006;
Al Dafna/Onaiza/Al Qasser (Zone 60, 61 & 63)
Areas around the Doha International airport (Zone 48)
Al Khulaifat (Zone 28)
Mansoura/Bin Dirham (Zone 25)
Al Rifaa/Al Hitmi (Zone 17)
Al Sadd (Zone 38)
Salata (Zone 18)
Bin Mahmoud (Zone 22 & 23)
Fariq Abdul Aziz (Zone 14)
Old Al Ghanim (Zone 16)
Losail, Al Kharaij & Jebel Thiya (Zone 69 & 70)
Musheireb (Zone 13)
Najma (Zone 26)
New Mirqab/Al Nasser (Zone 39)
Rawdat Al Khail (Zone 24)
Umm Ghuwailina (Zone 27)
Doha Al Jadeed (Zone 15)
The leaseholder retains the right to sell his lease or pass it to his or her heirs. The property owner must not include anything in the lease agreement that would interfere with the rights of the leaseholder. The property owner can even sell the property but may not include any terms that diminish the rights of the leaseholders. Should the property owner die his heirs must assume all the same legal commitments in respect to the property.