Living in Qatar guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Qatar with the expat guide

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General information
  • Qatar is deemed to be one of Middle East's most developed countries thanks to its robust economy and the numerous opportunities offered.

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  • An answer to the question - what differences will I notice if I move from Dubai to Qatar?

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Foreigners wishing to get married in Qatar are allowed to do so provided they fill in certain formalities established by local authorities.

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  • Foreign nationals coming from some countries can apply for a visa on arrival to be allowed to stay in the country as a tourist or visitor.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • You will probably need a visa to be authorized to stay in Qatar. You can choose from different types of visas according to the purpose of your stay.

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  • Foreigners wishing to settle and work in Qatar first have to obtain a work visa and a resident permit. They also need a sponsor.

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Labour market, how to find a job
  • Doha's labor market is very open to qualified and non-qualified foreigners especially due to its accelerated economic growth.

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  • Qatar's labor market is rather open to foreign students and young professionals wishing to perform an internship in the country.

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  • Foreign citizens have the opportunity to start a business in Qatar provided they meet certain conditions. Here they are!

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  • There are various ways to find a job in Qatar. You can start your job search on the Internet and by viewing major firms operating there in Yellow Pages.

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  • Qatar's labor market is quite open to qualified foreign professionals. Career prospects are available in various fields such as oil, gas, trade, etc.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • It is not difficult for expatriates to find accommodation in Doha. You can choose among apartments, villas, hotels, etc.

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  • Foreigners wishing to settle in Qatar can choose from different types of accommodation to rent, namely compounds, villas, apartments, etc.

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Student visa, University registration
  • Foreigners wishing to study in Qatar can enroll in one of its prestigious universities and numerous other higher education institutions.

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Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Despite being a small country, Qatar has a very developped health care system consisting of public and private hospitals and clinics, etc.

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Tax system, income tax
  • Income tax and value added tax (VAT) do not exist in Qatar. Moreover, it has a non-double taxation agreement with some countries.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • The transport links around Doha are currently under development. To date, buses, taxis and cars are the available means of transportation.

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  • Most expatriates in Qatar prefer to travel by car although a few means of public transport are available and very accessible.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • If you intend to make a more than 14 days stay in Qatar, you are required to obtain a temporary driver's license to be allowed to drive.

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moving, formalities and useful tips
  • Relocating to Qatar requires appropriate planning. It is better to hire removal experts who will take care of all related formalities on your behalf.

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Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Internet access is very widespread in Qatar. Both service providers offer narrow band and broad band along with cable TV.

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  • Qatar has a highly developed telecommunications network although the market is occupied by only two service providers.

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • Qatar is undoubtedly one of the Middle-East's most sporty nations. Several types of sports activities and events are held there.

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  • Parks, theaters, concerts, museums, shopping centers... Here is a non-exhaustive list of leisure activities available in Doha.

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  • If you are relocating to Qatar, you will certainly not get bored during your free time. The country provides a range of leisure activities for expatriates.

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  • The Qatari lifestyle is essentially led by Islam, whether in terms of religion, culture, traditions, food and socializing.

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  • Qatar destination to travelers may be accompanied by their pet provided to comply with certain strict regulations.

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  • Qatar provides different types of child care services for working foreigners, namely pre-primary schools, nannies and au-pairs.

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  • Before traveling to Qatar, it is best to inquire on objects and products that are allowed into the country on passing the customs department.

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