New residency law to take effect in October

The new law that regulates the entry, exit and residency of expatriates in Qatar is set to come into force in October. The the new law abolishes the current two-year ban on expatriates who want to come back to the country on a new visa.

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Qatar's Labor Law changes and what it means for you! Questions and Answers

Qatar Abolishes Kafala, introduces wide-ranging Labour Market Reforms.

Qatar announced today its intention to enact wide-ranging labour market reforms, to stengthen existing labour laws and improve living conditions of all workers in Qatar. 

Permanent residency ID holders to enjoy same treatment as Qataris in health, education & more

Qatar's Cabinet has approved draft legislation that would grant permanent residency to non-Qatari expats who meet certain criteria as outlined in the draft law.


Qatar gets junk food and luxury tax

the selective tax will be imposed on goods harmful to human health and the environment, and the luxury goods produced domestically

Qatar Distribution Company Introduces Annual License Fee

QDC will eliminate the 1,000 QAR one-time deposit requirement and will introduce a new annual license fee. Read on to find out more.

Qatar set to increase government salaries amid cutbacks in spending

Qatar will raise the salaries of government employees next year in a rare spending hike by a Gulf state at a time when low oil and gas prices are weighing on state finances.

Qatari citizens given priority for public jobs

Qatari citizens are to be given priority in appointments for government and public jobs, a new law issued by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani stipulates.

New residency law to take effect on Dec 13

The new law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates will come into force on December 13, one year after its publication in the official gazette.

Fine for drivers who smoke in vehicle carrying people under 18

A person who smokes while driving a vehicle which has an occupant under the age of 18 is punishable with a maximum fine of QR3,000, according to Article 18 of Law No. 10 of 2016 on the control of tobacco and its derivatives, issued by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday.

Food rules' violators penalised


Authorities from Shahaniya Municipality have shut down a grocery for one week for violating regulations by storing expired foodstuff.