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  • 18 Feb 2019Qatar

    A value added tax (VAT) regime in Qatar is expected to be effective beginning from 1 January 2020, with VAT being broadly imposed at a rate of 5%.

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  • 13 Feb 2019Qatar

    Qatar’s Public Health Ministry has announced it has launched a fat, sugar and salt reduction initiative in the country to cut this content in food and beverages in both locally produced goods and imported goods.

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  • 13 Feb 2019Bahrain - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - United Arab Emirates

    We are pleased to share with you our January 2019 edition of the PwC GCC VAT Newsletter on the latest VAT developments in the GCC Region.

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  • 09 Feb 2019Qatar

    Wishing to drive confidence in investment by providing investors a modern framework for an out-court resolution of their disputes, the Emirate of Qatar has enacted a modern arbitration law based on international standards. Inspired by the UNCITRAL Model Law (the Model Law), Qatar Law No 2/2017 on the Issuance of the Arbitration Law in Civil and Commercial Matters supersedes Article 190 to 210 of Qatar Law No 13/1990 on the Issuance of the Civil and Commercial Procedure Law and any law which conflicts with the provisions of Qatar Law No 2/2017. Although the Qatar Law No 2/2017 constitutes a great achievement for arbitration in Qatar after years of inconsistencies and ambiguities, some provisions must be clarified so Qatar can be placed on the list of modern countries for arbitration.

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  • 07 Feb 2019Bahrain - Kuwait - Oman - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - United Arab Emirates

    Businesses liable for value-added tax (VAT) in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states will usually have to complete an apportionment exercise in order to correctly calculate the extent to which they are entitled to deduct the VAT they incur on their own purchases.

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  • 05 Feb 2019Bahrain - Kuwait - Oman - Qatar - Saudi Arabia - United Arab Emirates

    Established in March 1995 by GCC leaders, one of the main objectives of the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre (GCCCA) is to fill a gap in the region by providing expeditious and effective arbitration services.The GCCCA was established to administer commercial cases, including cases in the region related to banks, financial institutions, insurance, reinsurance, constructions, engineering, various contracting, intellectual property covering commercial and industrial, copyrights, and all types of international commercial contracts. The conduction of arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the GCCCA is subject to two set rules; the Charter of the Centre (Charter Rules) and the Arbitral Rules of Procedure (Procedural Rules) which should be read and interpreted as complementary to one another.  These two rules together will be referred to as the Rules.In March 1995, it was officially announced that the GCCCA had become fully functioned and ready to fulfil its duties. By virtue of Qatar Decree No 19/2015, the GCCCA was approved by the State of Qatar and has been given the power of law in accordance with Article 68 of Qatar Law No 1/2004.This commentary aims to give a general overview of the major provisions underpinning the conduct of arbitration proceedings in accordance with the GCCCA Rules.

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  • 04 Feb 2019Qatar

    Qatar’s MOF has announced the implementation of excise tax with effect from 1 January 2019 and has postponed the implementation of VAT to 2020 at the earliest.

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