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13 December 2017 08:26 am

Emir issues law on National Address database of locals and expats

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Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued yesterday Law No. 24 of 2017 on the ‘National Address’. The law is effective six months after its publication in the official gazette.

The law stipulates creating a national database of addresses of individuals and entities. According to the law, addresses of nationals and expatriates must include details of residency, mobile and land line numbers, e-mail, work address, permanent address abroad if any, and other additional information required by the competent authority. 

The law stipulated that national address must be updated and the concerned department must be informed about any change that take place in the address. 

Without violating or contracting with other punishments stipulated in other laws, the law No 24 of 2017 on National address imposes QR10, 000 fine for violating the provisions of this law which include failure to provide the authority with the required data for the national address or deliberately provided with wrong information. 

The law defined the national address as a group of data used by the individuals or legal entity or legal representative, and based on these data all government and non-government transactions will be carried out accordingly. 

The concerned body should provide the competent department at the Ministry of Interior with the national address in a way wanted and within the specific period out lined by the department. All legal announcements and official notifications should be correct on the National Address, and bear all legal consequences resulting of that said the law. 

If the concerned person whether individual or legal entity did not provide the authority with the required data for the national address within the specific period then will be responsible of legal consequences.  

The law, consisting nine articles, also stipulates that the Minister or someone authorized by the Minister could reconciliate in accordance to the provision of the law and before filing legal case or even during the its hearing the case against half of the fine and rectification of the status and remove reasons led to the violation.  The law also indicated that the Minister issues decisions required for the execution of this law. (Source)