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Here’s something to look forward to in the new year. Take note of the upcoming holidays in Qatar for 2018 so you can plan your vacations and leaves accordingly. So far, there are four holidays announced. Please check again for further holidays to be announced by the government. Holiday Schedule in Qatar 2018 National Sports [...]

qatar immigration

Good news to all expats bound for Qatar! The Ministry of Interior has introduced a new system when expats can complete the requirements while still in their home country. This saves time and effort to the worker. Workers from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines and Tunisia can avail of this service. The [...]

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has approved the new law banning littering in the whole of Qatar. According to Law No. 18 of 2017 on Public Hygiene, littering is now deemed illegal in Qatar, and anyone who will be caught violating the law will be penalized with a fine of up [...]

Most expats in Qatar, including myself, have been waiting for changes to be made on the sometimes abusive labor laws. And when it finally took effect in December of last year, many in the work force rejoiced. Many employees expected that with the abolishment of the Kafala system, positive reform will finally take place in [...]

new law qatar domestic helpers household

The Emir of Qatar has signed Law No. 15 of 2017, which provides more legal protection to household workers such as nannies, gardeners, drivers and other domestic help. Previously, this sector is not included in the Labor Law, thus were not given written contracts. This new law gives more protection and spells out rights entitled [...]

eid al adha qatar

Qatar Calendar House announced that the first day of Eid al-Adha will start on September 1, 2017. This holiday is also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, which commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son. Eid al-Adha is considered as the holiest days in the Islamic calendar. Prayers are offered at the [...]

Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to follow Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. It is one of the two most important festivals in the Muslim calendar. The first day of Hijri month Dhul-Hijja 1438H will be on August 23, while the first day of Eid al-Adha [...]

The King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has recently ordered that the borders between Saudi and Qatar be reopened. Other borders and airport has also been opened. This is to allow Qataris to attend the Hajj pilgrimage. Qatar welcomed this development, but with reservations. Despite this, Qataris have arrived in Saudi [...]

Effective immediately, citizens from 80 countries can visit Qatar without applying for an entry visa.  Instead of a visa, visitors will be issued a multi-entry waiver upon entry to Qatar. This waiver is free of charge. They must present a valid passport, which should be valid for a minimum of 6 months, and a confirmed [...]

qatar permanent residence expats

The Qatar government has approved the bill allowing qualified expats to become permanent residents. Along with this status are benefits commonly enjoyed by the citizens. The Ministry of Interior will set up a committee to review the applications, as stated in the law. This same bill also allows children of Qatari mothers who married non-Qatari [...]

As the siege of Qatar continues, His Highness Emir Tamim bin Hamad Ai Thani addressed the nation. Recently, Qatar has rejected the 13 demands given by the Saudi-led group. The list of demands has been reduced to just six, which focuses on eliminating extremism and terrorism. The Emir’s speech looks back at the nation’s experience [...]

For mommies and daddies out there in Abu Hamour, Rejoice! The new campus of Philippine School Doha has just opened its doors to more than 4,000 students that it can accommodate in its newly constructed buildings. According to the administrators of the school, this project is worth more than QR123 million. Philippine Ambassador Wilfredo Santos [...]