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Expats planning a move to Qatar are bound to have many queries about life in this Middle Eastern country. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Qatar.
Should I move to Qatar?
Deciding to move to a country is always an individual decision based on individual circumstances. That said, most people who relocate to Qatar do so for financial reasons. The natural gas boom in the country has meant a huge influx of wealth and, with a successful FIFA World Cup 2022 bid, the economy is expected to continue growing.
Can I find work in Qatar?
Most expats employed in Qatar find work before going over. While there are many opportunities in the country, it is necessary to find a host sponsor to enable foreigners to get a work residence permit. Finding a job has been relatively easy for those who work 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 would be absolutely necessary, but whether this is a local or international account is up to the individual expatriate and their unique situation. There are no taxes levied on personal income in the emirate, though we'd advise expats check if taxes must be paid in one's home country. Banking, money and taxes in Qatar is an issue that needs research and, in many cases, professional assistance.
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 a car or travel allowances for their employees and expats can easily get around by taxi too. Still, public transport in Doha and across the country is quickly developing with constant improvements to the bus and metro system.
How do I get a visa for Qatar?
Visas, which enable foreigners to enter the country, are obtainable from one's nearest Qatari embassy or consulate. 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 in order for it to be successful.
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 shock, changing the way they dress and behave. We encourage women to weigh up the pros and cons of a move to Qatar.