Some Facts about Qatar
I came here because of these facts thinking of benefiting its richest by working in the country but unluckily not 100 % of my salary is what I am receiving. Salary in the country is very tough. Only those who are contented to their salaries were few especially if you are an architect and engineers. I am talking only expats. These professions are very high in demand in the country and of its contraction workers. Although, there are some that have a mid-salary if you are a dual speaking especially if you know well the language Arabic and not all companies.
Hiring – foreigner. Some companies prefer to hire by local agency or foreign hiring especially the blue-collar jobs and some white collar jobs. They prefer to hire by agency because it cost them cheaper than to hire those in family visa or business visa who is already in the country which cost them little high.
- In some cases, like in my term as an office assistant, I was hired by agency in my local (own) country. My salary is very low because it is divided into two, one for my agency is 55 % and 45 % to me. The agency is the one who is paying my accommodation, transportation from work to home vice versa only, electricity, and water bill not including drinking water. It is just a matter of gaining experience for me. Many are those who are receiving less than the minimum salary, especially other nationalities.
Hiring – local systems of hiring. If a one local (Qatari) from here wants a job, he or she just lodge his or her resume to a one designated government company and this company will be the one to lodge the resume of an applicant to any of hiring companies in their records. Only the job applicant will wait for a job interview. One thing which is good is if, within 3 months that this job applicant did not find her or his job, the government will give some financial support.
Tip - it is my first time to hear and was experiencing this word when I came in the country and it is mostly talked by some workers or service providers such as cleaner, office assistant, food server, messenger and etc. It is receiving or accepting money in return for your good service like 10 qr – 500 qr. Although tip are existing in some places also but in this place is really strong.
- In my side, I am receiving 100 – 200 per month as a tip and this came from a staff from where I am working but he is also coming from another country. There are only a few of those locals especially if sheik giving such tips and it is 5, 10, 15, 50, and 100 qrs and it is sometimes not regular. I see that those giving more tip is from another country.
Discrimination – this is not for everyone. Locals are more on determining: place, if what is your nationality; religion, this is especially if you are applying for a job in the country. Are you a Muslim? They will most like you.
- Wearing of not modest clothes especially for ladies. Above the knee, leggings and spaghetti clothes are not allowed most especially in Ramadan and ied. Although it is allowed only strictly in the mall. BUT, for American and British nationality are allowed wherever they are in the country and whatever clothes they wanted to wear. Only them is allowed.
School – there are many schools in the country and international schools. Only it is categorized into two, the school for the girls and school for the boys except for the international school. Schedule of classes in the school is from 7.30 am to 2.30 pm including break times daily on Sunday through Thursday. It will be different during Ramadan and Eid.
Work – working schedule in the country is from Sunday to Thursday 6 am to 2 pm for government companies. For some private starts at 7 am until 3 pm Sunday to Saturday and no Saturday for some companies. Mostly in construction work has had a different schedule, it is from 4 am or 5 am until 10 am and another timing in the afternoon at 5 pm to 8 pm. This is because of the hot temperature if it's summer and the schedule is adjusted also if it is winter. These schedules are also changing in Ramadan time.
- In the workplace, in the office most of the staff loves drinking coffees and teas, they love to drink more and more and just a few foods. Most of the locals like to drink Arabic coffee but in small cups.
Holiday - the only holiday is the Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha. Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr takes almost 1 month longer but the non-working day is only more than 1 week for government and 3 days for non-government. Other holidays are the Qatar National Day which is every December 18 and Qatar National Sports Day which is on every February of the year.
These are all through in my observations while staying in the country as an expat. Add any with your comment below.