List of Christian Churches in Qatar Religious Complex (2022)

Even though Qatar is a predominantly Muslim country, it has a good number of non-Muslims among its expatriate residents. The State permits Christians to worship privately and has recognised several Christian churches.

In 2005, the Qatar Government allotted a plot of land in Doha’s Abu Hamour area to build one large church complex consisting of six different churches. The first church was opened in 2008, and this area is now called the Mesaimeed Religious Complex.

Here is everything you need to know about the Mesaimeer Religious Complex and the Christian Churches in Qatar.

Christianity in Qatar

It is estimated that around 14 per cent of Qatar’s population follows Christianity. Most of these Christians are from East Asian countries like the Philippines and India. There are also Christians who moved from Europe, Americas and Africa.

Article 50 of Qatar’s Constitution guarantees all persons the freedom to practice religious rites in accordance with the law and the requirements of the maintenance of public order and morality. According to Article 35, all persons are equal before the law, and there shall be no discrimination whatsoever on the grounds of sex, race, language, or religion.

Today Christianity is widely accepted as a religion in Qatar. The government recognizes Christian marriages, and churches recognized by the government are allowed to conduct religious classes. The government-issued Qatar ID cards do not bear a religious designation.

Mesaimeer Religious Complex

In 2005, the Qatar Government and Christian Church representatives signed a 50-year renewable lease agreement for building six churches in Doha’s Abu Hamour area. This area later became known as the Mesaimeer Religious Complex, also informally known as “Church City”.

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A Christian Churches Steering Committee (CCSC) was established, according to the directions of the Government, to manage common matters and amenities between the churches. A memorandum of understanding is executed by the representatives of the six churches to undertake the day-to-day management of the Religious Complex.

The construction of the following churches was approved under this agreement:

1Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic ChurchRoman Catholic Church
2Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC)Group of Indian Churches
3Anglican Church of the EpiphanyAnglican Church
4St James Jacobite Syrian Orthodox ChurchSyrian Orthodox Church
5St. Isaac and St. George Greek Orthodox ChurchGreek Orthodox Church
6St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic ChurchCoptic Church
Religious Complex Churches in Qatar
The exterior of the Catholic Church in Mesaimeer Religious Complex

Today, Mesaimeer Religious Complex is home to many church buildings. There are nearly a hundred smaller churches and religious groups offering worship services under the umbrella of the main churches. Out of respect for the local Islamic traditions, the exterior of these churches has no crosses, bells, steeples or signboards.

Here is the detailed information about the different churches located inside the Mesaimeer Religious Complex:

Roman Catholic Church in Qatar

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Doha

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Doha
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Doha

The Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary is the main worship centre of Qatar’s 200,000-strong expatriate Catholic communities – mainly from the Philippines, India, South America, Africa, Lebanon and Europe.

Our Lady of the Rosary, the first Catholic church built in Qatar, was opened in March 2008. The 2,700-seat church has a beautiful interior, which is saucer-shaped.

Website: www.catholicchurchqatar.org


Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC)

Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC) Doha
Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC) Doha

The Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC) is a cluster of different Indian expatriate Christian communities in Qatar. 28 churches from different denominations were united under the umbrella of IDCC. Later these 28 churches merged and grouped into 11 member churches for regular proceedings of IDCC.

IDCC offers independent worship spaces to these churches of different denominations. Located inside the Mesaimeer Religious complex, IDCC serves as a centre for Christian worship for thousands of believers.

The individual member churches are completely independent in matters of faith and worship, but they are bound by a single common administration based on a by-law drafted by the member churches.

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Churches Under IDCC Doha

The following are the 11 member churches and their location inside the IDCC complex:

Church NameBuilding No
Immanuel Mar Thoma Church1
Pentecostal Churches2
The Pentecostal Mission3
St. Thomas Evangelical Church3
Doha Tamil Churches3
Telugu Christian Fellowship3
Brethren Churches3
St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Church4
Malankara Orthodox Church5
St. Thomas CSI Church6
St. Mary’s Malankara Church7

Anglican Church in Qatar

Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Doha

The Church of the Epiphany is the Anglican Church in Qatar. It is a member of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The Church of the Epiphany’s congregation is a diverse and multicultural community of many nationalities, with worship services in different languages, such as English, Tamil, and Igbo.

Tel: (+974) 4416 5728
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.anglicanchurchinqatar.org

Anglican Centre Qatar
Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Doha

The Anglican Centre

The Anglican Centre in Doha has served many Anglican, Protestant and Evangelical Christian communities since 2013 and is the home to the Anglican Church of the Epiphany.

Besides the traditional church building, the Center has 26 different halls for the use of hosted Evangelical, Pentecostal and other Protestant congregations. The multi-purpose design of the Centre easily facilitates classrooms, meeting rooms and many variously-sized assembly halls available for Church Groups, Youth Groups, Sunday Schools, Prayer Groups and Christian activities.

As per their website, the Centre as a whole serves around eighty-five (85) different Christian groups, summing up to fifteen thousand (15,000) worshipers from sixty-three (63) countries. Each congregation worships within their own church tradition and language.

Tel: (+974) 4416 5726
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.anglicancentre.org


Syrian Orthodox Church in Qatar

St James Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Doha

St James Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church Doha Qatar
St James Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Doha

The Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church of St. James caters to Jacobite Christians from India. The church opened to the public in Mesaimeer Religious Complex in 2009.

The church’s main altar is dedicated to St. James, brother of Jesus and the first Chief priest of Jerusalem, Apostle, Virtuous, and Sahada. It is among the very few Jacobite Churches churches dedicated to St. James. The church celebrates every Second Saturday as a monthly festival.

Tel: (+974) 55731279, 44905113
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.stjamesdoha.com


Greek Orthodox Church in Qatar

St. Isaac and St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Doha

St. Isaac and St. George Greek Orthodox Church Doha Qatar
St. Isaac and St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Doha

St. Isaac and St. George Greek Orthodox Church is home to the congregation of Orthodox communities across the Arab world. The church caters to Arab, Greek, Russian, Cypriots, and Romanian Greek Orthodox worshippers. The church is located inside the Mesaimeer Religious Complex.

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It is estimated that 10,000 expatriates from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa attend the church’s services in different languages. Britain’s King Charles III visited the Greek Orthodox Church during his Qatar visit in 2014.

Website: www.qorthodox.org


Coptic Orthodox Church in Qatar

St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Church, Doha

St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Church, Doha
St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Church, Doha

St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Church is a church mainly serving Qatar’s Egyptian Coptic community. This church is also located inside the Mesaimeer Religious Complex.

Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria is an Oriental Orthodox Christian church based in Egypt, servicing Africa and the Middle East. It is considered the largest Christian denomination in Egypt.

Website: www.copticchurchdoha.com


Other Churches in Qatar

In 2015, Qatar Government allotted two more plots for constructing the Maronite Church and Evangelical Churches Alliance Qatar near the Mesaimeer Religious Complex. As of 2022, the construction of these churches is progressing.

In addition, many smaller religious groups who have registered with the government practice their prayer services in private properties. Unregistered religious groups are considered illegal in Qatar. Note that the government can censor or ban print and social media religious material it considers objectionable.

Location of Churches in Qatar

The Christian churches in Qatar are located at the Mesaimeer Religious Complex in Abu Hamour. Here is the location map of the Religious Complex.

The Religious Complex is about 20 minutes’ drive from the City Center. You can also use public transport like the Karwa bus and taxis. Doha Metro service is not available in this area.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Are there churches in Qatar?

Yes, Qatar has many churches built with the government’s permission. Christianity is a recognised religion in Qatar, and registered churches are allowed to conduct prayers.

How many churches are there in Qatar?

The Mesaimeer Religious Complex has six churches of different denominations. One of them, the Inter Denominational Christian Church (IDCC), is a cluster of 11 Indian Christian groups. More than a hundred smaller groups are affiliated with the main churches.

Are Christians allowed to worship in Qatar?

Yes, Qatar’s Constitution guarantees all persons the freedom to practice religious rites in accordance with the law and the requirements of maintaining public order and morality.


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References:
Constitution of the State of Qatar
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