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Law enforcement services in Qatar are the responsibility of the Ministry of Interior (MOI).  Created in 1970, the MOI has responsibility for public security and law and order throughout the country. 


  • Prevent, detect and investigate crime;
  • Ensure security of the people and country;
  • Enforce law and order;
  • Administrate and control migration;
  • Protect people and property;
  • Organize and supervise the national police force.

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior is staffed by highly trained officials dedicated to enforcing the law and keeping Qatar safe. 


  • Crime Investigation;
  • Traffic Control;
  • Emergency and Rescue Police;
  • Immigration and Passports;
  • Prison and Correctional Administration;
  • Civil Defense;
  • Road Safety.


Located in the capital Doha, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for Qatar is part of the Ministry of Interior. It is equipped with modern technology enabling its 60 staff members to provide state-of-the-art policing support both to domestic law enforcement partners and the INTERPOL community at large.


  • Support international police cooperation in fighting all forms of crime;
  • Coordinate Qatar’s participation in and contribution to INTERPOL’s General Assembly, Regional Conference and specialized crime symposiums;
  • Cooperate with INTERPOL NCBs worldwide in exchanging police information and supporting international investigations. 
INTERPOL Doha in action
15 June 2017

Tackling regional crime through global cooperation focus of INTERPOL meeting

SANTIAGO, Chile – Intelligence sharing and international collaboration against regional organized crime was the emphasis of a Fortaleza-CRIMJUST meeting hosted by Chile’s National Police – PDI and INTERPOL.Participants discussed ways to tackle transnational crime via INTERPOL’s Project Fortaleza and Project CRIMJUST, a European Union-funded initiative imp...
30 May 2017

New drug trafficking routes and smuggling methods identified in INTERPOL-led operation

SINGAPORE – An INTERPOL-coordinated operation targeting drug trafficking across Asia and the Pacific has identified emerging smuggling routes and concealment methods.Operation Lionfish – ASEAN, which involved more than 2,000 police and customs officials across 14 countries, revealed a network of West African and Asian organized crime groups behind traffic...
04 April 2017

Cybersecurity experts meet on the future of major event security

DOHA, Qatar – With the cyber environment posing security challenges to major sporting and other public events, global experts are meeting to develop and implement best practices to mitigate future cyber risks.Meeting over three days (2 – 4 April) under the auspices of INTERPOL’s Project Stadia, some 20 cybersecurity experts f...
17 January 2017

INTERPOL and Qatar enhance collaboration on disaster victim identification

DOHA, Qatar – As part of efforts to advance collaboration between INTERPOL and Qatar, the world police body and the country’s International Search and Rescue Group of Internal Security Forces are to strengthen their cooperation in the areas of search and rescue and Disaster Victim Identification (DVI).Under an agreement signed in Doha by INTERPOL Executiv...
16 January 2017

Digital currencies and money laundering focus of INTERPOL meeting

DOHA, Qatar – The threats posed by transnational criminal networks exploiting digital currencies for money laundering and terrorism financing are high on the agenda of an INTERPOL meeting in Qatar.The first Global Conference on Money Laundering and Digital Currencies – organized by INTERPOL, Europol and the Basel Institute on Governance, with the collabor...
30 September 2016

INTERPOL partners with NCS4 on spectator sports safety and security

LYON, France - To strengthen law enforcement capacity in sport safety and security INTERPOL has signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).The partnership will see the two organizations develop a variety of capacity building initiatives, in particular in supp...
30 August 2016

International cycling competition focus of Project Stadia security preparations

DOHA, Qatar – Security experts are meeting under the auspices of INTERPOL’s Project Stadia to review the safety and security preparations of the upcoming 2016 UCI Road World Championships which Doha will host (9 - 16 October).The two-day (30 to 31 August) meeting brings together security representatives from France, the Netherlands, Norway and Qatar.It wi...
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
06 April 2016

Financial crime focus of Doha conference

DOHA, Qatar – Shaping a global response to crime risks associated with commerce undetected by government was the aim of a conference in Doha.   Co-hosted by Qatar and INTERPOL's Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes Sub-Directorate, the four-day conference (3 – 6 April) focused on the latest organized crime trends such as the use of virtual currency...
08 January 2016

French Secretary of State updated on INTERPOL initiatives to protect sports

LYON, France – During a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, France’s Secretary of State for Sport, Thierry Braillard, was briefed on initiatives to help police combat doping in sport and protect major sporting events.Meetings during the visit covered  INTERPOL’s joint efforts with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against sports d...
03 December 2015

INTERPOL hosts second meeting of global experts group on sports legislation

LYON, France – Under the auspices of Project Stadia, INTERPOL has held its second global experts group meeting on sports legislation to review the challenges posed by providing security at large-scale sporting events, and the legal frameworks developed to better address these challenges.Gathering legal advisors, lawyers and experts in sporting event secur...
10 June 2015

INTERPOL holds first expert group meeting on sports safety and security

DOHA, Qatar – Global experts in sporting event security gathered in Qatar to discuss and share best practices to address and mitigate potential threats facing major sporting events.The two-day (9 and 10 June) meeting brought together 12 representatives from eight member countries with the aim of providing concrete recommendations on strengthening physical...
25 May 2015

INTERPOL Chief at Qatar forum outlines complex illicit drugs landscape

DOHA, Qatar – The increasing movement of goods and people combined with the diverse range of illicit drugs, means police and border officials are dealing with multiple facets of the drug trade, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock has told the First Qatar  International Forum on Narcotics Control.Opening the anti-drugs forum alongside UNODC Execut...
31 October 2014

INTERPOL holds first meeting of global experts group on sports legislation

LYON, France – Global experts in sporting event security gathered at INTERPOL to share best practices based on their previous experience in providing physical and cybersecurity at major sporting and other events.The two-day (29 and 30 October) sports legislation expert group meeting brought together some 14 experts from 10 countries to discuss the challen...
20 March 2014

INTERPOL-supported operation in Qatar leads to major seizure of illicit goods

LYON, France – Tens of thousands of counterfeit products were seized across Qatar during the first INTERPOL-coordinated operation to combat trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting held in the Middle East.Carried out in partnership with the Qatar Ministry of Interior and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Doha, Operation Al Shaheen (mean...
17 February 2014

Qatar delegation meets with senior INTERPOL officials to identify areas for enhanced cooperation

LYON, France – A delegation from Qatar, headed by Major General Abdulla Yousif Al-Mal, special advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other senior officials to discuss areas for enhanced collaboration.Discussions included a proposed cooperation agreement between INTERPOL...
17 January 2014

Enhancing fugitive investigations focus of INTERPOL workshop for North Africa and Middle East

LYON, France – Enhancing fugitive investigations and developing best practice was the focus of a workshop at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters for officers from North Africa and the Middle East.The five-day (13 – 17 January) meeting brought together 24 officials dealing with international search requests and fugitives in order to better develo...
14 January 2014

Qatar requests first INTERPOL notice for illicit trade offences

LYON, France – Qatar has become the first country to request an INTERPOL Purple Notice in connection with illicit trade after the seizure of a machine used to change expiry dates on food and drink.An investigation was launched following a routine store check by the Consumer Protection Department when an Inspector noticed the validity information printed o...
12 November 2013

Lack of international passenger screening ‘a gaping hole’ in global security – INTERPOL Chief

DOHA, Qatar – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has warned that shortcomings in international passenger screening threaten global security.   Speaking on the changing nature of security threats beyond 2020 at the Aviation Security and Border Control Summit in Doha, Mr Noble pointed to ‘a gaping hole in aviation security’ when some four out...
05 November 2012

INTERPOL and Qatar 2022 Committee launch major sporting event security initiative

ROME, Italy – A groundbreaking initiative by INTERPOL to support the safety and security of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and other major sporting events over the next 10 years has been launched following an agreement with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee worth USD 10 million.The agreement which will see the creation of the INTERPOL Group of Major Even...
17 October 2011

Qatar Minister underlines commitment to INTERPOL and global policing community

LYON, France – Senior officials from Qatar reaffirmed their country’s partnership with INTERPOL during a visit by Minister of State for Interior Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon.During his meeting with INTERPOL General Secretary Ronald K. Noble, the Minister, accom...
09 March 2011

Securing sporting events a global challenge, INTERPOL chief tells Qatar Security Conference

DOHA, Qatar – No sporting event is immune from being targeted by terrorists and requires international co-operation to combat security threats, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told the First International Sports Security Conference.The INTERPOL chief told the gathering of key decision makers in sports integrity and security from around the worl...
08 November 2010

INTERPOL General Assembly opens in Qatar with global ministerial support for policing activities

DOHA, Qatar – INTERPOL's 79th General Assembly opened with ministers from around the world endorsing the organization's pivotal role at the centre of global law enforcement, and calling for countries to maintain close links with INTERPOL and use its services to form a strong, global network to counter international crime and terrorism.The ministerial disc...
17 November 2009

Qatar’s role in arrest of gold bullion theft suspects praised by INTERPOL

LYON, France – Qatar’s key role in the location and eventual arrest of three men suspected of involvement in the theft of gold bullion worth USD 2 million in the United Arab Emirates has been praised by INTERPOL.The swift response of the National Central Bureau in Doha to a request for assistance following the reported theft at Dubai airport on 29 October...