Bilateral relations

The State of Qatar opened its embassy in The Hague in September 2006, and is currently located in the Scheveningen area. 

The current Ambassador, His Excellency Khalid Fahad Al-Khater, took up his position as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of the Netherlands on January 8, 2014. The Ambassador is also accredited as Ambassador to Denmark. 

The Netherlands opened its  Embassy in Doha in August 2005, on the occasion of an official visit of the former prime minister Mr. Balkenende, in the perspective of the increasing business interests of The Netherlands in the booming  Qatar economy.

Qatar and The Netherlands share common features: Both relatively small in geography but high in aspirations, they are open to the sea, and their international trade is the basis of their wealth and economic prosperity. It is then no surprise that the relations between The Netherlands and Qatar grew and developed beyond the oil and gas industry. In few years, the bilateral ties between the two countries have expanded to cooperation in several sectors such as education, sport, infrastructure, healthcare and the seaport industry. Since Qatar won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Dutch expertise in infrastructure and sport management has also become an important point of collaboration. Strong traditional diplomacy is also evident in the form of political consultations regarding a number of regional and international important issues.

The Port of Rotterdam has close cooperation with Ras Laffan port in Qatar with the perspective of both ports to develop their joint business in the LNG industry and for Ras Laffan which is already one of the main LNG terminals in the world. Furthermore, the Dutch company Shell is currently involved in a huge project in Qatar that will create the world’s biggest Gas to Liquid industrial platform. While Oil and Gas will continue to be a key component of the relationship, the relations between Qatar and The Netherlands are steadily developing to encompass broader interests as the basis for a long and fruitful friendship.