Frequently 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 the emirate do so for financial reasons. The natural gas boom in the country has meant a huge influx of wealth and, with a successful world cup 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 permit, which is needed to work in the emirate. Finding a job is, however, 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. For those lucky enough to come from countries with a double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA), there are no taxes levied on personal income in the emirate. Banking, money and taxes in Qatar is, however, an issue that needs lots of research and, in many cases, professional assistance.
Do I need a car in Qatar?
As much as things will have to improve before the World Cup in 2022, public transport in Qatar is very limited. There is no active railway network, and bus services are not as reliable as most expats would be accustomed to. 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 the city can be difficult for newcomers to navigate.
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.