BACKGROUND

Indian Christian Church in Doha has a history of more than 70 years. People from India started to arrive in Qatar as oil exploration started in the year 1939. In the beginning, various Christian denominations joined together and started community prayers. As time passed, more members from various Christian Churches arrived and felt the need to have their own Churches.

His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar issued a Decree in the year 2002, whereby Christian communities are allowed to establish their own Churches to practice their religious rites and rituals. The Government of Qatar has granted legal status to Catholic, Anglican, Greek Orthodox, other Eastern Orthodox, Coptic and Indian Christian Churches. The Government assigned a Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to speed up and facilitate the process. In May 2005, representatives of Christian Churches in the country signed a Fifty (50) year land lease agreement with the Government, at Mesaimeer, Doha, where they built six Churches. The Christian Churches Steering Committee (CCSC) has been established, according to the directions of the Government, to manage common matters and common amenities between the Churches namely Inter Denominational Christian Church, Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Coptic Church, Other Eastern Orthodox Churches and Greek Orthodox Church in the religious complex and to liaison with relevant government departments regarding the common facilities. A memorandum of understanding is executed by the representatives of the six Churches to undertake the day-to- day management of the complex. Further, two more plots were allotted for the construction of Maronite Church and Evangelical Churches Alliance Qatar.