Can Ataklı, 5 Haziran 2016 tarihinde Sözcü Gazetesi’nde yayınlanan “Sorular Kolay Ama Cevap Yok” başlıklı yazısında Katar’da yapılabilecek doğrudan yabancı yatırımlara ilişkin yanlış bir bilgi vermiş:
"Katar'da iş yapacaksa kurulacak ya da satın alınacak şirketin en fazla yüzde 49'una sahip olabiliyor."
Katar’daki bazı sektörlerde % 49’lık yabancı yatırımcı kısıtı söz konusu olsa da ekonominin tamamında her daim geçerli değil.
Katar hükümetinin onayıyla yabancı yatırımcılar tarım, sanayi, sağlık, eğitim, turizm, kalkınma, enerji, maden ve doğal kaynaklar sektörlerinde % 100’e değin pay sahibi olabilecekleri doğrudan yatırımlar yapabilmekte.
Investment Law No. 13/2000 is the primary legislation governing foreign investment. Foreign investment is generally limited to 49 percent of the capital for most business activities, with a Qatari partner(s) holding at least 51 percent. However, the law allows, upon special government approval, up to 100 percent ownership by foreign investors in certain sectors, including: agriculture, industry, health, education, tourism, development and exploitation of natural resources, energy, or mining. Qatar amended the law in 2004 to allow foreign investment in the banking and insurance sectors upon approval of the Cabinet of Ministers. Moreover, foreign financial services firms are allowed 100 percent ownership at the Qatar Financial Center (QFC). On October 31, 2009, the Council of Ministers agreed on the amendments proposed by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce to allow foreign investors to hold 100 percent stakes in certain activities, including: business consultancy and technical services; information and communication services; cultural services; sports services; entertainment services; and distribution services.
Qatar's objective is to become a leader in terms of its business environment and foreign investment. These two have seen improvements over the past several years thanks to the country's political stability, the high quality of its infrastructure, one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world (10%) and an investment law enacted in 2010 that allows foreigners to own the totality of a company in certain sectors (such as information technology, counselling, culture, sports and distribution).