Canada Opens Embassy in Qatar to the Public

Doha, Qatar, June 5 2014 – Today, Canada officially opened its Embassy to the State of Qatar to the public.  The Embassy was first established in Doha in 2012.  Canadian Ambassador André Dubois and Minister’s Assistant for International Cooperation Affairs H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani raised the Canadian flag in front of Tornado Tower and cut the ribbon at the Embassy on the 30th floor.  “We’re very proud of the opening,” said Ambassador Dubois.  “For the Embassy, this is the result of all the work to build the relationship between Canada and Qatar. Canada is a partner of choice for Qatar.”

Canada and Qatar have a positive relationship and share mutual interests on regional issues as well as growing business opportunities.  In addition, about 7,200 Canadians live in Qatar and work in all parts of the Qatari economy.  Two large Canadian schools operate in Doha: the College of North Atlantic - Qatar and the University of Calgary - Qatar Nursing School.  A range of Canadian companies and institutions are helping Qatar to reach its goals for the future.  Qatar National Vision 2030 defines the long-term outcomes for the country and Canada is already doing its part to help Qatar to achieve its goals.

The Canadian Embassy is offering its services to the public, including passport renewal, consular assistance, and assistance provided by the Trade Commissioner Service to help Canadian companies identify business opportunities in Qatar and to help Qataris identify investment opportunities in Canada. 

Regarding visa services, the Government of Canada is in discussions to open a Visa Application Centre in Doha that will assist people living in Qatar to apply for a visa for Canada.  Until such time, visa applications still need to be sent to the Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi.

The Government of Canada has 172 offices in 105 countries around the world.  Its missions help to manage Canada's diplomatic and consular relations, to encourage international trade and to deliver Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance.

For more information on the Embassy and the services it offers, visit their website at www.canadainternational.gc.ca/qatar/ , or send them an email at dohag@international.gc.ca.