Philanthropy is embedded in Qatari culture and predates the discovery of oil in the twentieth century. The sector is buoyed by various Islamic traditions of charity, including zakat, or almsgiving, which requires the wealthy to donate 2.5% of their income. Indeed, listed public companies are mandated by law to allocate 2.5% of their net annual profits to support sports, cultural, and charitable activities. Partly as a result, Qatar has a regional reputation for the variety and reach of its philanthropic institutions.
Our Qatar Philanthropy Law Report unpacks this environment and dives into the current state of laws and regulations affecting philanthropy in the country.