Qatar has removed the cap on residential rents, allowing landlords and tenants to negotiate more freely over price.

The Gulf state's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani passed a new rent law ending the two-year freeze on residential rents which had been imposed amid spiralling inflation in 2088.

But the new regulations, reported by media in Qatar on Tuesday, extended the ban on increasing rents of commercial properties for another year.