Representative Trade Office

Another option available is a Representative Trade Office, which is like a non-trading shop window. This permits the company complete ownership. However, in case the startup wants to trade services and products delivered locally, a Qatari partnership is required.

Some guidelines are:

*Contact with a potential client to familiarize him with foreign establishment and any representative
services, companies, and production for distribution
*Association with exporters, sellers of materials, and suppliers of semi-manufactured material needed
by the authorities and removal of hindrances in the arrival of materials
*Link with representative authorities regarding complaints pertaining to products and resolution of
distribution issues

Some illegal practices are:

*Import, export, or sale of commercial samples of goods
*Non-representative services or products not presented by the company that is representative
*Any form of direct contact with consumers