We all know that it is a legal requirement to obtain a valid licence to drive in Qatar. The Traffic Department is the authorised authority for issuing driving licenses. However, some job categories are ineligible for light-vehicle licences and this has been done amid a push to reduce traffic congestion as part of a national strategy as Qatar’s National Road Safety Strategy aims to reduce the annual number of fatalities to 130 and injuries to 300 by 2020. The ban refers to job titles mentioned on the Residency Permits (RP) of individuals who are sponsored by a company.
However, General Directorate of Traffic had said earlier that the ban on some job categories to get licence was a temporary measure and would be relaxed the policy once infrastructure projects were completed.
A list was released in the end of 2017 banning some professional from applying for driving licence. Since the list was printed in Arabic and some terminologies have remained “vague”, you may get in touch with the Traffic Department first to make further inquiries. The following is the unofficial translation of the full list of professions not eligible to apply for the Qatari driving licence.
Gypsum worker, technical assistant, service worker, watchman, horse trainer, labourer, sailor, servant, nanny, farmer, blacksmith, bakery worker, painter, herdsman, fisherman, tailor, calligraphy technician, shoemaker, grocery worker, tiles worker, builder, butcher, service worker, nutrition worker, industrial service worker. Hotel service worker, financial services worker, vegetable seller, plumber, sea shipment worker, land shipment worker, jeweller, air cargo worker, cook, typist, boat carpenter, beauty saloon worker, welder, translator, painter.
Barber, baking mixer, cook, meat, shawarma and sandwich griller, falafel maker, sweets maker, waiter, laundry worker, prayer caller (moazin), rescue worker, security guard, gate guard, lift worker, shipping worker, carrier, packing and grinding worker, irrigation worker. Gardener, agricultural worker, wood seller, horse hostler, fodder worker, machine operator, tailoring worker, plaster worker, tents tailor, embroider, general typing, stamp maker, crusher machine operator, tiles technician05.
Pastry maker, vinegar maker, general manufacturing worker, ice maker, plumber assistant, lathing worker, whitesmith, electric welder, pipes welder, oxygen welder, general equipment mechanic, glass installer, installation electrician, general electrician, lift electrician, telephone central electrician, general carpenter, construction carpenter, décor carpenter, upholstery worker, furniture upholstery worker, curtain installer, curtain upholstery worker, assistant builder, connections technician, digger, bricks builder, mixer operator, concrete blacksmith, manufacturing worker, mining technician, juice maker, kebab maker, henna maker, goldsmith, grave digger, animal caretaker, milkman, ceramic worker, tyre worker, cook’s assistant, barkeeper, massage worker.
Salesman , cashier , fishing net maker, pharmacy assistant, newspaper sellers, computer programmer, house manager, communication assistant, health and safety technician, paramedic, coffee boy, decorator assistant, Pagemaker, and woodcutter, sculptor, digger, bricks builder, mixer operator, concrete blacksmith, manufacturing worker, juice maker, kebab maker, henna maker, goldsmith, grave digger, animal caretaker, milkman, ceramic worker, Tyre worker, cook’s assistant, barkeeper, massage worker.
Gypsum worker, watchman, horse trainer, labourer, sailor, servant, nanny, farmer, blacksmith, bakery worker, painter, herdsman, fisherman, tailor, calligraphy technician, shoemaker, grocery worker, tiles worker, butcher, nutrition worker, and industrial service worker.
The list has been updated recently as the General Directorate of Traffic has announced that the profession of a technician is now eligible to apply for Qatar Driving license.
Housewives sponsored by their husbands are eligible to secure driving licences in Qatar.
At the time when many jobs have been banned from getting light-vehicle licences, the authority has also allowed all categories to take motorcycle licences. Also, heavy-vehicle licences are allowed for workers.
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