Working in Qatar
Qatar is a family-oriented society and a safe place to work and live. Visitors are openly welcomed. The standard of living is high due to rapid development of the economy, and infrastructure is regularly upgraded.
Why Work in Qatar?
Easily accessible from the city center and the Qatar National Convention Center, Doha International Airport services nearly 30 International airlines, notably Qatar Airways, the national carrier, as well as Emirates, British Airways, Lufthansa and KLM.
To increase capacity even further, in 2011 the first phase of the new airport will open to accept 12 million passengers. By 2015 a $5.5bn extension will increase the airport’s capacity to 50 million passengers.
Qataris are courteous, friendly and extremely hospitable. You will be given a warm welcome, or ‘marhaba!’ throughout your stay. Doha is also a very much multicultural city and home to many nationalities.
Arabic is the national language but English is widely spoken across the country. English is the official language of Education City and used in all major hotels, shops, restaurants and amenities.
Qatar prides itself on its excellent attention to service. Already well catered for by the luxury hotel chains, and a range of three and four star properties, Doha will have 40 new hotels by 2009 and 26,000 hotel rooms by 2012. All the international hotels are within easy access of the Qatar National Centre.
Qatar takes food very seriously, there is a diverse wealth of dining options from Indian, Japanese, Filipino and Thai, to the European flavors of Italy and France. Seafood is fished fresh from the Gulf, and of course, no visit to the region would be complete without sampling a plate of traditional Arabic mezze, or one of the vast arrays of delicious local sweets.
Qatar is a peninsula projecting into the Arabian Gulf. It lies east of Bahrain, northwest of the United Arab Emirates and north of Saudi Arabia. It is developing at a rapid pace with a construction boom driven by the country's huge gas reserves.
Qatar has made great efforts to preserve and expand its cultural heritage. The most visual reminder of this is Doha’s traditional marketplace Souq Waqif. The souq is a vibrant center of local life with a wide range of Middle Eastern and other ethnic restaurants, independent shops and arts. Whether your delegates want to join Doha’s café society with an Arabic coffee and shisha, browse for spices or pick up a curio, Souq Waqif is the place.
An alternative cultural experience is a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art. Designed by celebrated architect IM Pei, this iconic building overlooking the sea houses many of the world’s greatest examples of Arab and Islamic art from the 7th century to the present.
A trip to the mesmerizing Khor Al Udaid (inland sea) is a magical experience which can be enjoyed day or night and a stop at the ‘singing sand dune’ is highly recommended. Nature lovers will be delighted with the birdlife in Qatar and the chance to see Oryx in their natural surroundings; you can even try your hand at falconry.
Qatar is currently promoting activities to reduce its economic reliance on oil and gas, in particular by creating a knowledge-based economy. Qatar Foundation is working towards this goal through its programs at Education City that are pursuing their missions in the areas of education, scientific research and community development.
Before the discovery of oil, Qatari livelihood depended on pearl diving, fishing and desert subsistence. Qatar is now one of the world's leading producers and exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG), and expects to become the world's largest producer by 2010. The revenues have taken Qatar into the ranks of the world's wealthiest countries.
Due to Qatar's dependence on a large foreign work force expatriates outnumber Qatari nationals. The seasonal nature of some of the work results in a fluctuating population.
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