Qatar (State of)
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History of Relations
relations between South Africa & the State Qatar were established on 10 May
1994. The evolvement of bilateral relations were subsequently supported by official
visits to Qatar of Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki as well as visits
by senior South African cabinet ministers responsible for foreign affairs, defence
and public enterprises. The Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar attended President
Mbeki's first inauguration in 1998. That was followed by official visits to South
Africa by the Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 2001 and the Under-secretary
for Foreign Affairs in 2002.
These diplomatic interactions culminated in
the State Visit to South Africa of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa
Al-Thani, in May 2002. This visit led to the opening of an Embassy of South Africa
in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in September 2002. The Embassy was officially opened
by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South
Africa, on 21 October 2003. Qatar opened its embassy in Pretoria in January 2003.
from Minister Dlamini Zuma's official visit to Qatar in 2003, South Africa's former
Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alec Erwin; Minister of Defence, Mr Mosiuoa
Lekota and the former Minister of Minerals & Energy, Ms Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, paid
official visits to Qatar in 2003 to expand bilateral relations. In 2004, Qatar's
Minister of Energy & Industry, Abdullah Al-Attiyah undertook an official visit
to South Africa.
South African Representation in Qatar
H E Mr S Cachalia
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
South African Embassy
Representation in South Africa
of the State of Qatar
H E Mr S A S Al-Jaber
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Visa requirements for South Africans
Holders of South
African passports must be in possession of a valid visa before entering the State
of Qatar. Visas are currently not issued by Qatari Embassies abroad and must therefore
be applied for by the sponsor in Qatar. Visa fees are approximately R 220.00 (USD
60.00) for a single entry and R 440.00 (USD 120.00) for a multiple entry visa.
South African passports are not recognised as valid travel documents and citizens
travelling on these passports will be denied entry into the State of Qatar.
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intending to work in the State of Qatar will have to supply proof that they are
not HIV positive. In some cases a yellow fever vaccination certificate has been
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of Qatar has a desert climate with a hot summer and a relatively mild winter.
summer the temperature ranges between 25 C and 47 C with a humidity of between
80 - 100%. There is some rainfall in winter but on average it does not exceed
75.2 mm annually.
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tender in Qatar is the Qatari Riyal. The Riyal is divided into 100 dirhams. Notes
exist for 1,5,10 50,100 and 500 Riyals and coins for 25 and 50 dirhams. The currency
is pegged at a fixed rate to the US$ at 1US$= QR3.64
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and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
Alec Erwin, South Africa's former Minister of Trade and Industry, led a senior
Sasol delegation to the State of Qatar on an official visit from 6-8 December
2003. Minister Erwin attended the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of the USD
900 million Sasol/Qatar Petroleum Oryx Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) plant and delivered
a speech conveying the support of the Government of South Africa for the project
and its planned expansion. Technip- Coflexip of Italy is constructing the plant
at Ras Laffan Industrial City. The project will be expanded to increase production
34 000 bpd in 2005, when the plant will come on stream, to 120 000 bpd
of GTL in 2007/8.
Planned Large-scale Fuel Grade Methanol Project
13 & 14 September 2003, Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the former Minister of Minerals
and Energy, and a PetroWorld delegation, paid an official visit to Qatar and co-signed
a Heads of Agreement on a planned USD 1 billion Large Scale Fuel Grade Methanol
Project with the Qatari Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and Industry
and Qatar Petroleum chairperson, Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah. This joint venture
between PetroWorld Ltd (49%) (Transworld & PetroSA partnership) and Qatar
Petroleum (51%) will use South Africa's industrial expertise. It will apply PetroSA's
operating and project implementation experience for the start-up, operation and
management of the plant.
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The main commodities South Africa imports from Qatar are mineral products, chemicals and plastic products.
The main commodities South Africa exports to Qatar are machinery and mechanical appliances, base metals and chemicals.
For current information on trade
statistics between South Africa and Qatar, visit the website of the South African Revenue Service at www.sars.gov.za
Interest Groups and Information
South African community in Qatar numbers approximately 650 and is steadily growing
as trade relations between the two countries expands. The South African Social
Committee (SASCOM) was established to assist newcomers to Qatar. The Committee
also organises numerous social events during the year where all South African
citizens and friends are welcome to participate.
Frequently Asked Questions
more information on the do's and don'ts of Qatari culture, the required dress
codes and the rules governing Islamic etiquette, please consult the following