Hello and a warm welcome to the South African Embassy Doha website.
For our fellow South Africans working and living in Qatar the website contains information relating to various consular needs such as new ID’s, passports, registration of births, and certification of documents etc. The Embassy is your link to the Department of Home Affairs.
For citizens of Qatar who want to conduct business with South Africa, or would like to receive information regarding trade and investment opportunities in South Africa, there are several links that will be both useful and of great assistance. Through these links you will be exposed to Africa’s largest and most diverse economy offering ever increasing business and investment opportunities. South Africa is alive with possibilities!
Qatar is South Africa’s tenth largest trading partner in the Middle East region in terms of exports and the fifth largest trading partner in terms of imports. Trade between South Africa and Qatar currently stands at R3, 7 billion, with a trade surplus favorable to Qatar. South Africa purchases the bulk of petroleum related products from Qatar. SA exports amongst other products, fresh fruit and vegetables, food agro-processed products, steel and textiles to Qatar. The opportunity to explore other possibilities is forever present.
Some interesting economic facts on South Africa are:
South Africa is a member of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa and IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) emerging market groups as well as a member of the Group of Twenty (G20) major economies.
- South Africa is the ideal partner for participating in Africa’s growth strategy
- South Africa is an attractive destination for investment
- South Africa’s professional and financial services, technological research and quality standards are world-renowned
- The JSE Securities Exchange, our country’s equity and derivatives exchange, holds a treasured position as one of the top 20 exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalization.
- South Africa is keen to share its expertise and experience it acquired from the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Qatar as the future hosts of this tournament.
Our Qatari friends and nationals of other countries who reside in Qatar, who intend to travel to South Africa will find general tourism information as well as visa application requirements on the site. South Africa is a fast growing and a popular leisure destination for many, the birth place of the magnificent Big Five, offering the visitor an unforgettable wildlife adventure and an hospitable cultural and culinary experience. The O R TAMBO International Airport in Johannesburg is home to Africa’s busiest airport and serves as Southern Africa’s air transportation hub. Close to 20 million travelers pass through its portals annually. We trust that you will find the links both informative and useful and we hope that you will be inspired to visit our beautiful country, where you can really “Leave ordinary behind“.
From the Embassy team and myself, please do not hesitate to contact the Embassy on the contact numbers provided, should you require any further assistance. Feel free to visit our Embassy as well.
Ambassador Shirish Soni