If you're living and working in Qatar as an expat, then you have probably encountered some of the Ministries in Qatar especially through the services they provide. Some of the popular ones include the MoPH, MOI, MADLSA, and MOEHE. But do you know the rest of the State Ministries? We compiled a list of the State Ministries in Qatar with their official websites and contact details to help you.
Most popularly known for implementing Qatar's labor laws, the Ministry is also responsible for the nationalization of jobs, international labor relations, development of human resources planning and policies, providing social security services to beneficiaries, occupational safety and health, settling labor disputes, issuing work licenses and penalizing related violations.
H.E. Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo is the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs.
Used to be named the Ministry of Economy and Commerce, MOCI is responsible for overseeing commercial and industrial activities in the country. Aside from making Qatar business-friendly by providing smart e-services, enabling foreign investors to invest, promoting industrialization and national industries, and developing the trade sector, the Ministry also regulates local markets, protects consumer rights, and fights commercial fraud according to the Minister.
H.E. Mr. Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari is the Minister of Commerce and Industry.
The Ministry's three sectors - Culture, Sports, and Youth - are some of the important sectors of the national development strategy according to the MOCI website. MCS aims to "create an active cultural, sport and youth movement that forms a framework for the society to uphold its national identity, value system and culture in light of its openness to the world and its constructive interaction with other cultures," according to the Minister.
H.E. Mr. Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali is the Minister of Culture and Sports.
Responsible for defending Qatar, MOD leads the country's Armed Forces which includes Qatar Emiri Land Forces, Qatar Emiri Air Forces, and Qatar Emiri Navy Forces.
H.E. Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs.
Did you know that mandatory military service is required for every Qatari male between 18 and 35 years old? Find out more about the Qatar Armed Forces here!
MOEHE is charged with supporting and regulating education in Qatar - from K-12 public and private schools to higher education institutions. The Ministry's major responsibilities as stated on its website include:
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi is the Minister of Education and Higher Education.
The country's energy affairs are the responsibility of MEI. TAWTEEN, one of the Ministry's programs, aims to create new business opportunities in the Energy sector's supply chain.
H.E. Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi is the Minister of State for Energy Affairs.
The Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs is one of the important ministries in the State of Qatar that applies Islam both as a methodology and ideology. The ministry is responsible for running, maintaining, and refurbishing the mosques, Zakat Fund, Da'wah, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar), Islamic Research and Studies as well as supervising the affairs of Hajj and ‘Umrah as stated on its website.
H.E. Dr. Gaith bin Mubarak Al Kuwari is the Minister of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs.
MOFA's responsibilities include foreign policy, conducting contacts with the Qatari ministries and authorities, foreign governments and their diplomatic missions and the regional and international organizations, protecting and representing the country's interests and its people abroad, as well as organizing the diplomatic and consular representation with Arab countries.
H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The MOF regulates financial policies and oversees public finances in Qatar. Its responsibilities include drafting and implementing the Annual State Budget, and managing and refining the fiscal strategy in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. (source: MOF)
H.E. Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi is the Minister of Finance.
Formed in 1970 according to the decree No. (5), MOI has since then "provided peace and security, organized police forces guaranteeing the protection of national security, maintains safety and security of nationals and expatriates, taken care of nationality-related affairs, issued travel documents, organized expatriates entry to Qatar, and organized the prison." Read more about the functions of MOI here.
H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani is the current Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.
Under the Amiri Decree No. (25) of 2014, the Ministry of Justice's competencies includes the following:
H.E. Dr. Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi is the Minister of Justice and Minister of State for the Council of Ministers Affairs.
Also known as "Baladiya", MME is responsible for municipal affairs, environmental affairs, and urban planning. It was first established as the Ministry of Municipal Affairs in 1972 then became the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture, the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning in 2009, and thereafter Ministry of Municipality and Environment in 2016, according to the MME website.
H.E. Mr. Abdulla bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie is the Minister of Municipality and Environment.
Previously the Supreme Council of Health, the MoPH oversees the health care system, from nationwide community-based primary care to tertiary facilities in Qatar providing specialist services as well as public health policy and programs, including those related to the control of infectious diseases, according to Weill Cornell.
H.E. Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari is the Minister of Public Health.
MoTC sectors include maritime transport, land transport, digital society, cybersecurity, and information technology. Some of the Ministry's programs include Hukoomi (Qatar Official e-Government Portal), Better Connections Program (social integration initiative for migrant workers), Qatar Ports Development, Theqa (Trustmark program), and QDG Training Program.
H.E. Mr. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti is the Minister of Transport and Communications.
Sources: Hukoomi; GCO; Ministry websites
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