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Expats planning a move to Qatar are bound to have many queries about life in this Middle Eastern country.
Below we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about Qatar.
Should I move to Qatar?
Deciding to move to a country is always a personal decision. Most people who relocate to Qatar do so for financial reasons. The natural gas boom in the country has led to a huge influx of wealth, and the economy is expected to continue its steep upward trajectory.
Can I find work in Qatar?
Most expats employed in Qatar find work before going over. While there are many opportunities in the country, foreigners require a host sponsor to get a work residence permit. Jobs have been most abundant in the construction, oil and gas industries.
Will I need a bank account? Will I need to pay taxes?
Having a bank account in Qatar is absolutely necessary, but whether this is a local or international account is up to the individual. There are no taxes levied on personal income in the emirate, though we'd advise expats to check whether they would still be liable for tax in their home country. We recommend expats do thorough research around banking, money and taxes in Qatar, and seek professional assistance where required.
Do I need a car in Qatar?
Almost all expats who can afford it buy a car in Qatar, but new arrivals should be warned: Qatar's roads are notoriously dangerous, and Doha can be difficult for newcomers to navigate. Companies sometimes provide car or travel allowances for their employees and expats can easily get around by taxi too. Public transport in Doha and across the country is also quickly developing with constant improvements to the bus and metro system being made.
How do I get a visa for Qatar?
Visas are obtainable from Qatari embassies or consulates. In Qatar, work residence permits enable expats to stay and work in the emirate. These are applied for at the Ministry of Interior in Qatar, and the expat's employer has to sponsor the application.
What's it like for women in Qatar?
Qatar prides itself on being a relatively progressive state where women are not restricted from receiving a quality education or working. Still, gender inequality issues are evident and expat women must adapt to the culture, changing the way they dress and behave. We encourage women to weigh up the pros and cons of a move to Qatar.
►Read our interviews with expats who have lived in the country for some personal insights in Expat Experiences in Qatar
►Find out more about doing business in Qatar
Are you an expat living in Qatar?
Expat Arrivals is looking for locals to contribute to this guide, and answer forum questions from others planning their move to Qatar. Please contact us if you'd like to contribute.
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