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Posted On: 12 October 2020 09:32 am
Updated On: 2 April 2021 02:55 pm

What are the State Ministries in Qatar?

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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.

  • Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor & Social Affairs
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Ministry of Culture and Sports
  • Ministry of Defense
  • Ministry of Education and Higher Education
  • Ministry of Energy and Industry
  • Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Ministry of Interior
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Municipality and Environment
  • Ministry of Public Health
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications

Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor & Social Affairs

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.

Ministry of Commerce and Industry

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.

Ministry of Culture and Sports

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.

Ministry of Defense

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!

Ministry of Education and Higher Education

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:

  • Develop educational policies to achieve success.
  • Continuously monitor and incorporate best practices and evidence-based research - within the Qatari cultural and social context- to improve teaching and learning.
  • License private schools.
  • Provide a variety of scholarships to qualified Qatari students attending colleges and universities
  • Qualify institutions of higher education eligible for Qatari scholarships.
  • Recruit, train, support, and license public school teachers.
  • Set curriculum standards for math, science, English, Arabic, and Islamic studies for all public K-12 schools.

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi is the Minister of Education and Higher Education.

Ministry of Energy and Industry

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.

Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic 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.

Ministry of Foreign 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.

Ministry of Finance

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.

Ministry of Interior

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.

Ministry of Justice

Under the Amiri Decree No. (25) of 2014, the Ministry of Justice's competencies includes the following:

  • Act on behalf of the state and governmental authorities for defending it in the proceedings that are filed from or against the state, inside or outside in accordance with the law.
  • Surveillance of practicing the legal profession.
  • Record of the legal actions and documentation of deeds.
  • Issuance of the official gazette.
  • Review drafts of agreements and contracts that are concluded by the ministries and other governmental authorities in accordance with the law.
  • Train legal, judiciary, and prosecution posts’ incumbents of the governmental authorities for improving their practical abilities and skills.
  • Work on the dissemination and development of legal awareness​.

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.

Ministry of Municipality and Environment

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.

Ministry of Public Health

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.

Ministry of Transport and Communications

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