Recognizing the need to have recorded by government officials a physical address for all Qatari nationals and/or residents, Qatar has enacted the National Address Law No. (24) 2017 (“National Address Law”). Notably in a legal context, absent a precise recorded address many legal claims before courts or tribunals in Qatar have failed on account of the court’s clerks being un able to summon a respondent(s), which, in some cases, halted legal proceedings and even led to courts dismissing entire claims. While post office box numbers are valid and permitted legal addresses, a P.O box number has proven to be insufficient in certain instances, including issuing court notifications and/ or governmental correspondences. The necessity of adopting legislation to regulate the recording of a physical address was inevitable. The National Address Law was enacted on December 11th, 2017 and published in the official gazette on April 21st, 2019. It will come into force in six months from its publishing date (i.e. by October 2019)
What should you know about National Address Law?
Whether you are a Qatari national or foreigner who lives in the State of Qatar, you are required to notify the Ministry of Interior of your chosen address. National address shall include information on the following:
- – Residency address,
- – Landline and cell phone numbers,
- – E-mail address,
- – Work address,
- – Permanent address abroad, if applicable, and
- – Any other information as may be requested by the Ministry of Interior
In addition, you are also required to notify the Ministry of Interior on any updates or amendments to any of the above-mentioned information.
National address will be used as the formal address of the Qatari national or foreigner who lives in the State of Qatar. In other words, national address may be used as the formal address in court proceedings, governmental correspondences or in any correspondences that might take place with any entity in the State of Qatar whether private or public entity.
The National Address Law provides for a punishment for non- compliance, such punishment is, without prejudice to a higher punishment, a fine that does not exceed QAR 10,000. However, Minister of Interior, or his delegate, may settle with the non- compliant person if the latter paid QAR 5000 and rectified his/her position by amending any mis information or notifying the Ministry of Interior of the required information.
It is expected that a decision of the Minister of Interior will be issued in the coming days to set out and explain the notification procedures required for notifying the Ministry of Interior.
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