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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 [...]

Hiring a house helper is common for most families abroad, especially in the Middle East, with agencies readily available to provide candidates for the position. As an expat living in a foreign country, without immediate support from family and friends, hiring a maid or a nanny can be a great help. If you are in [...]

owwa doha qatar

Did you know that as a certified OWWA member, you can apply for a loan to use in your business? With the OFW-EDLP (Enterprise Development and Loan Program), you can! With just three phases of the enterprise development intervention, you are on your way to becoming an entrepreneur. You will attend the Enhanced Entrepreneurial Development [...]

mosawalat bus service qatar

Getting around Qatar is still possible even if you don’t have your own car. There is public transportation that you can use. You can have buses and taxis to get to your destination. Mowasalat, a government-owned organization, runs the bus network. It also oversees the taxi service in the country, under the Karwa banner. photo [...]

Congratulations on your new job abroad! You will encounter new adventures, experiences and opportunities. But for sure, you will miss your loved ones back home. It can be a bit sad waking up and realizing that you are miles away from your family. If this is your first time working abroad, or even if you [...]

One of the downside of working so far away from home is being homesick. Especially if it’s your first time working abroad, you will have a lot of adjustments to do. It can cause you to reminisce about home. But did you know that the feeling of homesickness also has its benefits? You don’ have [...]

women's clothing

Being an Islamic country, Qatar follows a very traditional mode of dressing. In fact, Qataris are encouraging tourists and expats alike to respect their culture and dress modestly, especially in public. They even had a slogan ‘Reflect your Respect’ to call out to tourists of what is and what is not an acceptable style of [...]

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 [...]