Article 18 – Interaction with other laws

1. Save as provided in this Law, (including but not limited to Article 11) the criminal laws and sanctions of the State shall apply in The QFC. However the conduct of any business in the QFC in accordance with an approval, authorization or license issued under this Law and in compliance with the Regulations shall not constitute an offence or be a breach of any criminal or other law applicable in the State.
2. Without prejudice to clause (1) of this, (as opposed to the criminal matters) The QFC Authorities and Institutions shall exercise their activities in accordance with The QFC Laws and Regulations.
3. The QFC Laws and Regulations shall apply to The Contracts, Transactions and arrangements conducted by The entities established in, or operating from The QFC, with parties or Entities located in The QFC or in the State but outside the QFC, unless the parties agree otherwise.
4. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any other law or regulations of the State, the QFC Authority shall have power to issue all visas, permits and other documents relating to or required for employment in or doing any business with or in, the QFC and such visas, permits and other documents shall be fully valid and implemented and accepted by all State authorities.
5. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in any other law or regulations of the State, the laws governing the rules, terms and conditions applicable to employees of the Civil Service of the State shall not apply to The QFC Authority, The Regulatory Authority, The Regulatory Tribunal, The Civil and Commercial Court, The QFC Institutions, and any of their respective employees. The QFC Authority, The Regulatory Authority, the Regulatory Tribunal, The Civil and Commercial Court, and the QFC Institutions shall each have the power to set their own internal regulations concerning the rules, terms and conditions applicable to their employees.
6. The QFC Authority, The Regulatory Authority, The Regulatory Tribunal, The Civil and Commercial Court, and any QFC Institutions shall not be subject to Tendering and Bidding Law as issued by Law No. (26) of 2005 or any laws replacing it.
Amended by Law No. (2) of 2009 (as from 24th May 2009).