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10 Essential Things You Need To Know Before Migrating to Qatar

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First, review the description of attractions and places to go and determine your possible itinerary. Climatic features contribute to Qatar’s prospects and help preserve historical and cultural monuments. The main attraction of the country is its rich history, as evidenced by the ever-growing archaeological excavations, which reveal traces of ancient civilizations in Qatari territory. Milder than in neighbouring countries, Islamic traditions, unique culture and beautiful products from local craftsmen contribute to the positive image of a major tourist destination.

Therefore, I present to you the 10 things you need to know before moving to Qatar.

1) You need an international driving license. No, you can’t get one here. If you come to Qatar without anyone, you can only rent a car for 2 weeks. This means that you will not be mobile until your residence arrives and you can apply for a Qatari license. An international license can be obtained in your home country in just a few minutes and will cost you no more than $ 15.

2) It is considered very rude to offer to shake the hand of a Muslim woman. Some Muslim women shake hands, others don’t. How do you tell? You respectfully wait until she reaches out her hand first.

3) There is only one outlet for alcohol. Unless you visit one of the international hotel bars, the only way to get a drink is to visit the government-controlled distribution centre (there is only one in the country). Keep in mind that everyone without residency is not allowed to enter.

4) Living in Qatar often means having your own fun. If you are the kind of person who needs a vibrant nightlife, Qatar is probably not the place for you. Yes, there are clubs. Yes, there are restaurants. But the whole scene is developing. People often go to each other’s houses for fun. So by networking alone, you can really make some friends when you arrive.

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5) The city has roundabouts instead of traffic lights. This is a good idea for you British. For those of us from the New World, it’s best to brush up on using roundabouts before you come. If you don’t quite know how to use them, you risk endangering yourself and those around you.

6) Living next to a mosque can mean an early wake-up call every morning. Personally, I find the call to prayer soothing (hey, at least it doesn’t sound like a Justin Bieber track). However, it starts early. Living next to a mosque can mean that this call is broadcast at your home 5 times a day (the first call comes at 4 am).

7) Taxis can rarely be marked. Doha is small and there is no taxi culture. Unless you are staying in a hotel or living in the very densely populated areas of the city, you cannot take a taxi. Knowing this, it is best to rent a car as soon as you arrive in the city.

8) Have your diplomas/certifications confirmed by the embassy of Qatar in your home country before you come. Save yourself the headache. Go to the embassy of Qatar and have them stamp the back of your professional qualifications. Your employer will likely take you to your documents at home with FedEx if you show up here without an Embassy certificate.

9) Long visas are paid at Doha airport. I learned this the hard way. If you absolutely must exceed your visa (which happens more often than most people think), you pay your fine at passport and visa control at Doha airport. You do not pay this fine at the immigration services that dot the city. If you go to immigration, wait 6 hours and then you will be told to go to the airport. And before you ask: yes, the passport and visa control agency at the airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

10) Qatar is expensive. Let me repeat that: Qatar is very expensive. If you come here to look for work, be prepared to spend a lot of money so you have time to browse for the right job.

These are the 10 biggest and I hope they make your transition to the state of Qatar much smoother. Rest assured, Qatari people are extremely hospitable and you will probably enjoy the time spent here.

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