It was always necessary for government to have an updated address for each national and/ or resident who lives in the State of Qatar. Absence of a precise recorded address was a main reason in the failure of many legal claims before courts or tribunals because without having a clear and definite address, court’s clerks will not be able to summon respondent(s), which may, in some cases, halt the proceedings or even may lead court to dismiss the entire claim. It is true that P.O box number is a valid and permitted legal address, however P.O box number has been proved insufficient in certain instances such as court notifications and/ or governmental correspondences. The necessity for adopting a national legislation to regulate and organize the ideal of “national address” was inevitable. Therefore, the National Address Law No. (24) of 2017 (“National Address Law”) was implemented 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 national address. 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 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.
What are the Consequences?
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.
What is the Liability?
National Address Law provides for a punishment on the non- compliant person, such punishment is, without prejudice to a higher punishment, a fine that does not exceed QAR 10,000. However, Minister of Interior, or whom he delegates, may settle with the non- compliant person if the latter paid QAR 5000 and rectified his position through amending the wrong information or notify the Ministry of Interior of the required information.
When it will come to Force?
It is expected that a decision of the Minister of Interior will be issued in the coming days to set and explain the procedures required for notifying the Ministry of Interior of the address and of any additional information, if any.
If you have any questions or need more explanation on the National Address Law, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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