how to get a job in qatar

How to get a job in Qatar? A quick guide for foreigners and Qataris

To get a job in Qatar, you first want to seek a job in Qatar. And then, you can get a residence permit if they need one. You can do all this in Qatar or abroad. Of course, Qatari citizens don’t need a residence permit to get a job. Also, citizens from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, or United Arab Emirates (UAE) don’t need a residence permit to get many jobs in Qatar. Every other nationality will have to apply together with their employer, or employment agency, for a work permit. Read more below on how to seek a job in Qatar and on how to get a work permit for Qatar.

Most websites or apps are in English and Arabic. If you need it, use Google Translate or any other translation service.

How to get a job in Qatar?

To get a job in Qatar, you need to seek a job in Qatar. Read more below on where to seek a job in Qatar.
Once you have a job offer, you apply for a residence permit with your employer. You don’t need a residence permit if you are a Qatari citizen or come from another Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country, like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, or Oman.
If you need a residency permit, apply with your new employer. They can be a company or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in Qatar already.
Once you have an employer who can sponsor you, they will need to handle all the paperwork to get you a residency permit. If you received the job offer before coming to the country, your employer needs to convert your temporary visa into a residence permit within weeks.
Residence permits usually allow you to bring your family to Qatar with you, as well. You also want to understand what happens with your residence permit if you change employer or stop working. 

Read more below, comment, or contact us if you have any questions.

First, find a job, and then you will worry about a work permit if you need it.

How to seek a job in Qatar?

You can find a job in Qatar by searching online for job opportunities in Qatar. You will find a job directly with a company or an employment agency. Here is a list of possible ways you find a job in Qatar.

Job websites in Qatar

Searching for a job on these popular job sites is a good start.
Search with Baidu, Google, Naver, Sogou or Yandex, or any other search engine you trust. Look for the job you would like, for example, ‘Construction worker in Doha’ or ‘Content creator in Qatar’. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s available and which job websites best suit your needs.

You can also ask around in Facebook groups relevant to your profession, language, nationality, or broader interests.

Indeed Qatar is one of the most visited job sites in Qatar. 

naukrigulf.com is one of the most visited job sites in Qatar. It focuses on jobs in Qatar,  UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.

Gulf Talent and Monster Gulf are still two known job sites in Qatar.

Bayt is the most popular job site that works mainly with Western Asia, the Middle East, and Noth Africa. It’s in English and Arabic.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in Qatar

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You can use your favorite social media to look for groups discussing jobs or Qatar.

LinkedIn Qatar is also a popular choice when networking for jobs in Qatar.

Ask around you for possible jobs in Qatar

Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Qatar or other GCC countries. Whether you are Qatari or you come from abroad, you will be surprised how some of your friends or family probably know someone who knows someone. Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities around your contacts.

Read more to find a recruitment agency in Qatar.


Sources: I used Similarweb and Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest to check how popular are some of the job sites presented above. 

The caption of the cover image above is Tradition in Corniche, Doha, Qatar. Photo by Rowen Smith on Unsplash.


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