FIDIC contracts are commonly used in Qatar for construction projects. FIDIC stands for “Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils” or the “International Federation of Consulting Engineers”. FIDIC contracts are internationally recognized standard forms of contracts that provide a framework for the legal relationship between the parties involved in a construction project, such as the owner, contractor, and engineer.
In Qatar, the use of FIDIC contracts is common in both public and private sector construction projects. The Qatar General Organization for Standardization and Metrology (QGOSM) has adopted FIDIC contracts as one of the standard forms of contracts for construction projects in the country in addition to this several other government and private organizations such as United Development Company UDC , Public Works Authority: Ashghal have adopted amended versions of FIDIC form of contracts on both construction of building & infrastructure developments in Qatar.
The most commonly used FIDIC contracts in Qatar are the FIDIC Red Book (Conditions of Contract for Construction), the FIDIC Yellow Book (Conditions of Contract for Plant and Design-Build), and the FIDIC Silver Book (Conditions of Contract for EPC/Turnkey Projects). These contracts set out the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of the parties involved in a construction project, including issues related to payment, variations, delays, claims, design liabilities and termination.
It is important to note that while FIDIC contracts provide a framework for construction projects, it must be noted that they are not a substitute to use without obtaining legal advice from experienced Contract Professionals & Construction Lawyers who has extensive experience drafting similar standard forms of Contracts including FIDIC forms in the context of middle east and or Qatar in order to ensure when entering into a Contract that Contracting parties rights and obligations are fully understood and protected while complying to the Law of the Country.
FIDIC contracts are preferred by many parties in Qatar’s construction industry because they are well-established, recognized internationally, and provide a fair and balanced allocation of risks between the parties involved in the project. The contracts are also flexible and can be adapted to suit the specific requirements of a particular project.
The terms and conditions of the contract must be thoroughly understood and negotiated before being finalized. This is particularly important as the construction industry in Qatar is heavily regulated, and parties need to ensure that their contracts comply with all relevant regulations and laws.