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Check List for Indians coming to Qatar for employment


1. Check with the recruiting agent the exact terms of the contract - especially about the duration of contract, salary, working hours, the other benefits like housing. food, vacation, tickets for going home, responsibility for payment of Iqama etc. charges, the place where you are supposed to work and the living conditions, and terminal benefits.
2. If the contract is in Arabic you should have it translated into English and also understand the contents of' the contract before signing it.
3. If the contract is an "initial contract", then you must ask for the "final contract" and sign that before leaving India.

Sponsor / Employer

Check with your agent the exact details (name, address, tel./ fax nos) of your Qatari sponsor / employer (known as KAFIL) - whether it is a person or a company, and the person who is supposed to supervise your work. Get the telephone number of this person and talk to him before leaving India. Ask him or the agent about who is going to receive you at the airport, how will you be transported to your residence or work place, etc. If you are not familiar with Arabic and English and if this employer knows only Arabic or English, then you should ask someone else who knows Arabic / English to talk to him over the telephone from India in your presence to get all the details and finalise your programme accordingly.


Knowledge of English & Arabic is very useful and it would be good if you could pick up some basic Arabic before coming to Qatar.


While having your passport made either through the agent or directly, you must furnish your correct particulars and correct address. This is also important in the case of any tragedy which (God forbid) may occur. You must always truthfully record all your particulars. When you get your passport, please check that all your particulars are recorded properly and if there is any mistake you should have it corrected. Do not travel on a passport, which is inaccurate.


Before leaving India, check whether your visa is an appropriate one. The visa may have endorse-ments in Arabic. If you are unable to make out the endorsement - please ask a person who can read Arabic to translate. Do not rely on what the recruiting agent tells you.

Working Conditions

Before coming to Qatar you must talk to people who are either working in Qatar or have been to Qatar in the recent past to know about the living conditions and working conditions in Qatar. You must be thoroughly acquainted with all this and you must not come here only on the basis of what your recruiting agent tells you. Do not come to Qatar with pre-conceived notions and be prepared to leave as and when things do not turn out the way you had imagined or wanted it to be.

Minimum Wages

Photocopies / Photographs


1. Photocopies of your passport and the contract that you have signed should be available with you in adequate numbers.
2. You must also leave a set of the photocopies of your passport and contract with full address / telephone & Fax number of your sponsor with your family in India so that in time of need you may be able to get the same easily
3. Carry at least 20 of your recent passport size photos with you.

Air Ticket

When you get your air ticket to Qatar you must check when you are going to land and from the airport how you are going to be transported to the place where you are to go.

Air Travel

1. You must ask a knowledgeable person about travelling in an airplane - how to use seat belts; how to use the toilets in the aircraft and such details.
2. You must also be aware of how much luggage you can carry and what type of luggage is to be carried in hand and of what specifications.
3. All your luggage should be properly marked with your name & address in Qatar.

Drug Trafficing

Carrying drugs and other narcotic substances entails very harsh sentence in Qatar. You must be extremely careful not to accept any gift or packet or any item from anyone, not even from close relatives, while coming to Qatar. The baggage that you have both checked in baggage and hand baggage, should not have any open pockets on the outside in which packets can be pushed in by anyone.


If you are under medication and if you are carrying certain prescribed medicines you must have doctor's prescription in original and the medicines should be carried along with its original packing and literature so that custom authorities can easily identify them.

Other Banned Items

You must know that religious literature, liquor, obscene video cassettes and other obscene literature are banned in Qatar and you are liable for punishment if detected carrying them. Get to know, the exact rules of customs from your agent especially about prohibited articles.

Recruiting Agent's Fees

In many cases, recruiting agents are charging exorbitant amount of fees from the workers. The company or person recruiting you would in any case be paying a handsome amount to the agent. If at all any amount is to be paid to the agent it should be reasonable and you should not be asked to take a loan, sell land or pawn your property / jewellery to pay the agent. Do not get carried away by the green pastures that the recruiting agents show to prospective candidates coming to Qatar. Please be careful while befriending anyone on your way to Qatar. You may be cheated and put into serious trouble by such people.


You must be aware of how to use telephones at the airports in case you are stranded at the airport or any other place you should be able to ring up your employer or the person who is in-charge, with whom you should have already talked from India, and inform him about your situation.

No Contract on Arrival

Do not sign another contract on arrival in Qatar, especially if the terms and conditions are inferior to what you signed in India or if it is in a language that you do not understand.

Identity Documents

1. While in Qatar always carry either your passport which should have a valid visa or in lieu of the passport, a valid residential permit called 'Iqama'.
2. In no case you should part with your Iqama or give it to anyone else. It is your basic document without which you may be arrested and deported.
3. While leaving Qatar on leave etc., you need to have an 'Exit / Re-entry Visa' stamp on your passport and a permission letter from your sponsor.

Labour Complaints

1. In case of labour complaints, kindly approach the Indian Embassy for help. The person who is employing you is called the "Kafil" (sponsor) and your basic relation is with your sponsor.
2. If you are shifting sponsor, it is illegal without a valid permission.
3. If you run away from work and take another job that is also illegal.
4. In case you find that the job is not suitable, you should also have with you enough means to travel back to India.


Ladies who are coming to Qatar to work as house workers, beautician, nurses, teachers, etc., should be very careful about the place where they are supposed to work and the conditions of their employment, specially if they are coming alone.


Kindly note that in Qatar, the traffic moves on the right side (as against left side in India) of the road. It takes some time to get used to it. The number of deaths due to traffic accidents in QAtar is high. Pedestrians and bicycle riders have to be particularly cautious while on roads.

Vehicle Insurance

Please note that under administration of justice in Qatar is carried out under the Islamic Shariat Laws which are very stringent. Accordingly, the person held responsible for causing damage / injury / death in a traffic accident is liable to pay compensation. It is, therefore, advisable to have comprehensive insurance for yourself and your vehicle.

Agricultural Farm Workers / Shepherds

Such categories of workers are not covered under the Qatari Labour Law. The living conditions for them are severe since they have to live in remote farms and work in deserts. The wages for farm workers / shepherds are low.

Useful Information for Students 

List of universities which can be accessed with the following links


Colleges/Institutions in Qatar


Hamad bin Khalifa University (

Qatar University (

Community College of Qatar (

Qatar Aeronautical College (

Academic Bridge Programme (

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (

College of North Atlantic Qatar (

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar(

 Northwestern University in Qatar(

Qatar Foundation For Education, Science and Community(

Stenden University Qatar(

Syscoms Institute(

Texas A&M University at Qatar(

University College London Qatar (

University of Calgary Qatar(

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar(

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar(


Indian community/students association  

There is no students’ association in Qatar. The Indian Culture Centre link is


Embassy of India

Villa No 86 & 90, Street No. 941,

Al Eithra Street, Zone 63,Onaiza,

PO Box No. 2788,Doha - Qatar.

Phone : +974 4425 5719  +974 4425 5777


Other important links:

Hamad International Airport (

Hamad Medical Corporation (

Katara - Valley of Cultures (

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (

Qatar Tourism Authority (

Qatar Telecom (

Qatar Online Directory (

Supreme Education Council (

Supreme Council for Health (

Traffic Violation Information in Doha Qatar (

Register with the Embassy

Once you arrive in Qatar, it is always desirable to register with the lndian Embassy in Doha, so that in case of need or when you are in distress, the Mission officials are able to help you.

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