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

Everyone who wants to get a job in Qatar needs first to find a job in Qatar. And then they can get a residence permit if they need one. This can all be done from abroad or in Qatar. Of course, Qatari citizens don’t need a residence permit to get a job, but 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 find a job in Qatar and on how to get a work permit for Qatar.

How to get a job in Qatar?

To get a job in Qatar you just need to find a job in Qatar. Read more below on where to find a job in Qatar.
Once you have a job offer, you apply for a residence permit together with your employer. You don’t need a residence permit if you are a Qatari citizen or if you come from another Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country, that is Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, or Oman.

All other foreigners looking for work in Qatar must want to get a residency permit. You normally apply with your new employer, 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 normally give you the option 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.

How to find a job in Qatar?

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

Job sites in Qatar

A good start is to search for a job on these popular job sites. 

Baidu, Google, Naver, Sogou or Yandex, or any other search engine you trust: when you start job hunting, a simple web search can be a good start. Look for the kind of job you would like to do, 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 around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Facebook Jobs: can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can also ask around in the Facebook groups that are relevant to your profession, or your language or nationality, or just relevant to your wider interests.

Indeed Qatar, Indeed is an international job website but it is also one of the most visited job site in Qatar. 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 probably the most popular job site that works mainly with Western Asia, or the Middle East, and Noth Africa. It’s in English and Arabic.

Recruitment agencies in Qatar

Recruitment agencies normally specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes you can even be contacted by an agency that looks for professionals that companies struggle to find on their own.
Therefore you can look up an agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills.

If you, for example, type ‘recruitment agency near Qatar’ on Google Maps or any other map service you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. You can do the same for your area to check if you have a local agency that can help you find a job in Qatar.

Be aware that you should not normally pay an agency when they find a job for you, so be careful when an agency asks you for money and do check how the agency is legitimate.

Ask around you for possible jobs in Qatar

Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities around your contacts. 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. 


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