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National SME Definition in Qatar

Small and Medium Enterprises shall mean: the companies registered in accordance with the laws of the State of Qatar, which number of labor force does not exceed two Hundred and fifty (250) employees (with exception of companies operating in the creative industries sector and which number of labor force shall not exceed one hundred (100) employees), and which annual turnover does not exceed one hundred (100) million Qatari Riyals, and which fulfill the following standard levels and restrictions:

(Employees are measured by work unit and annual turnover is measured in million Qatari Riyals)
SectorCriteriaMicroSmallMedium
AgricultureNo. of Employees1 - 56 - 3031 - 250
Annual TurnoverLess than 11 – less than 2020 - 100
ManufacturingNo. of Employees1 - 56 - 5051 - 250
Annual TurnoverLess than 33 – less than 2020 - 100
Creative IndustriesNo. of Employees1 - 56 - 3031 - 100
Annual TurnoverLess than 11 – less than 2020 - 100
ConstructionNo. of Employees1 - 106 - 5051 - 250
Annual TurnoverLess than 33 – less than 2020 - 100
TradeNo. of Employees1 - 56 - 5051 - 250
Annual TurnoverLess than 33 – less than 2020 - 100
Other ServicesNo. of Employees1 - 56 - 5051 - 250
Annual TurnoverLess than 33 – less than 2020 - 100

Staff Headcount: it covers full-time, part-time and seasonal staff. The definition covers all the employees and individuals working for the benefit of the enterprise, whether directly or indirectly, and who are subject to the Qatari Labor Law, in addition to owners who are managing the enterprise and partners engaged in periodic activities for the enterprise and who receive financial benefits in consideration of such activities. It should be noted that a full-time employee within a year is considered as one-unit 3 while part-time and seasonal employees are considered as a part of a unit, as the case may be.

Annual Turnover: means the return/incomes generated by the enterprise during a year as a result of its sales and services provided, following deduction of any rebates and taxes paid by the enterprise.


Sectorial Definitions of Small and Medium Enterprises

1. Small and Medium Enterprises in the Agriculture Sector: companies established in accordance with the laws of the State of Qatar which number of labor force does not exceed two hundred and fifty (250) employees, which annual turnover does not exceed one hundred (100) million Qatari Riyals, and the economic activities of which fall under Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sections [groups (1-3) within the international Standard Industrial Classification (Rev. 4) ].

2. Small and Medium Enterprises in the Manufacturing Sector: companies established in accordance with the laws of the State of Qatar, which number of labor force does not exceed two hundred and fifty (250) employees, which annual turnover does not exceed one hundred (100) million Qatari Riyals, and the economic activities of which fall under [Manufacturing] section [groups (10-33) within the international Standard Industrial Classification (Rev. 4) ] .

3. Small and Medium Enterprises in the Creative Industries Sector: companies established in accordance with the laws of the State of Qatar which number of labor force does not exceed one hundred (100) employees, which annual turnover does not exceed one hundred (100) million Qatari Riyals, and the economic activities of which fall under Information and Communication, Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities, and Arts, Entertainment and Recreation sections [groups (58-63) , and (69-75) , and ( 90-93 ) within the international Standard 4 Industrial Classification (Rev. 4)]. It is worth mentioning that according to the United Nations definition of creative industries, “craft industries” fall within this category.

4. Small and Medium Enterprises in the Construction Sector: companies established in accordance with the laws of the State of Qatar, which number of labor force does not exceed two hundred and fifty (250) employees, which annual turnover does not exceed one hundred (100) million Qatari Riyals, and the economic activities of which fall under Construction of Buildings section [groups (41-43) within the international Standard Industrial Classification (Rev. 4 )] .

5. Small and Medium Enterprises in the Trade Sector: companies established in accordance with the laws of the State of Qatar, which number of labor force does not exceed two hundred and fifty (250) employees, which annual turnover does not exceed one hundred (100) million Qatari Riyals, and the economic activities of which fall under Wholesale and Retail Trade, Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles sections [groups (45-47) within the international Standard Industrial Classification (Rev. 4)].

6. Small and Medium Enterprises in the Other Services Sector: companies established in accordance with the laws of the State of Qatar, which number of labor force does not exceed two hundred and fifty (250) employees, which annual turnover does not exceed one hundred (100) million Qatari Riyals, and the economic activities of which fall under other sections of commercial services within the international Standard Industrial Classification (Rev. 4) namely, the Mining and quarrying, Electricity , Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply, Water Supply, Sewerage and Waste Collection and Treatment, Transportation and Storage, Accommodation and Food Services Activities, Financial Services Activities and Insurance Activities, Real Estate Activities, Administrative and Support Services Activities, Education, Human Health and Social Work Activities, and the activities of Other Services with the exception of membership organizations [groups (5-9), (35), (36-39), (49-53), (55-56), (64-66), (68), (77-82), (85), (86-88) and (95-96) within the International Standard Industrial Classification (Rev. 4) ] .

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