Working in Qatar
Qatar is the new up and coming country within the Middle Eastern Gulf. It is experiencing huge economic growth. Qatar is soon to be the host of a World Cup and as with any major event the capital city, Doha, is rapidly changing. Close your eyes for too long and you might just miss it. With this growth in the country, they has also been a huge investment in education. Doha has had a huge increase in private schools which a scattered among the many well established schools. Teaching in Qatar is the same in many respects to other countries in the Middle East. With the huge expansion and development Qatar is becoming a very exciting place to live at this moment in time.
What can you expect living and working in Qatar?
Employment packages in Qatar provide a very competitive tax free salary, furnished housing, annual flights, medical insurance and an end of contract bonus. Housing is typically single and is often larger than that of other countries in the Middle East. Salaries in Doha are generally 10% -15% more compared to that of Dubai.
How often do you get paid?
You get paid monthly.
How do I get a Bank Account?
Getting a bank account in Qatar is also very easy. Most schools set up bank accounts for you which makes the process even easier!
How do I save money?
Most Ex-Pats come to save money and travel. When saving money it is very easy to send money home to your bank account and you can also set up tax free saving plans in Qatar.
How much money will I need to come over to the Qatar?
Your flights over to the Qatar will already be covered so you do not need to worry about this expense. As with any job you will need to work for a month before you get paid. We would recommend to come with between $1000 and $2500.
How much can I save?
This depends on what you like to do with your disposable income but in general people save almost 60% – 70% of their monthly income.
Getting around Doha
Doha is very easy to navigate through. The standard of roads in Doha are quite good and are improving all of the time, however care must be taken when driving. Most teachers in Qatar either rent or buy cars. Both are inexpensive. Loans are readily available and sometimes are organised by the schools. Petrol is cheaper than water in the Qatar, so this will not be a big expense. Expect travelling times anywhere from 5 minutes to 40 minutes commute to work.
Women in Qatar
Do single women travel to Qatar?
Yes they do. Qatar is a safe country. As with any country you must respect the local traditions and culture, and as is common with other countries it is always safer to travel in groups.
Do women have to cover up?
When this question is asked most people think that you must wear head scarf and abayas, this is not the case. You do as with any culture and religion have to be sensitive to their culture and practices. But women wear the same types of clothes that most western countries do. Obviously walking around the mall in a bikini might be a step too far!
What can I wear to school?
All teachers should dress professionally when coming to work. Jeans, shorts and flipflops are not permitted at work.
Socialising in Qatar
Is there alcohol in Qatar?
Yes alcohol is permitted in the Qatar. This can be bought at off licenses as long as you have an alcohol license. Most people socialise in the many bars and night clubs in the Doha has to offer.
Where can I socialise?
Most hotels have bars in them and there are at least 30 hotels in Doha alone. So you will not be short of places to party.
Qatar is hot and humid. From June – August, Qatar experiences temperatures well into the late 40s, with the rest of the year being quite pleasant and much more bearable.