When you are planning to work in Qatar, you must keep in mind that there are some practices that you should be aware of. There are differences in culture among countries. Knowing what you can or can’t do will go a long way.
It would be good to find a mentor who can help you learn the ropes in your workplace. But you can also ask family and friends to share their experiences.
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Learn the Cultural Differences
While you may have past work experience, working in other countries will also require more adjustment. This YouTube video from John Tafalla TV discusses information that you should know if you are planning to work in Qatar.
Read on to find out what you should look out for:
Unmarried males and females cannot stay in the same room.
Since Qatar is a predominantly Muslim country, they are very strict with the relationship between men and women. The only time the opposite genders can stay in one room is when they are married. At the same time, public display of affection is also frowned upon.
Stealing is forbidden.
When you are in Qatar, you might get surprised that you can still recover any item that you left behind. The laws in the country are strict against taking items that do not belong to you. Of course, it would also help if you are conscious about your stuff. And you should make sure that you check your belongings before you leave.
Working visa is needed.
If you come here intending to work, you should have a valid working visa. If you are caught without the needed visa, you will be sent home.
Sharing religious beliefs is prohibited.
No matter what religion you practice, you are not allowed to share it publicly in Qatar. If you were able to preach or share some Biblical quotes back in your home country, doing the same will get you in trouble here. The vlogger suggested that you do so in the privacy of your apartment, or perhaps in the church complex.
Consuming alcohol is not allowed.
The only time you can drink alcohol is when you have a permit. Some big establishments, like hotels, have such permits where you can order alcoholic drinks freely. There is a corresponding fine for those who are caught consuming alcohol illegally.
Women should dress conservatively.
It is expected for women to dress modestly. This means not wearing an outfit that shows too much skin. Even if it’s summer, the dress code is still the same. Instead, you can use gear like umbrellas or sunglasses to protect yourself from the heat. On the hand, the vlogger recommends wearing a thick layer of clothing during winter because it can get really cold.
Reach out to other people.
When working in Qatar, it doesn’t mean that you will devote all your time working. During your rest day, you can go out and mingle with other people. Having friends can help ease homesickness. Of course, how you spend your day off is still up to you.
While you have a job, it is important to save some amount for future use. After all, some jobs don’t pay much so they need to budget their money. Some workers enjoy free accommodation, so they only have to spend on food and transportation.
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The details we discussed here can help you as you start working in a new country. Knowing all these will ease your transition and help you succeed in your career.
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