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Monday, January 31, 2011

How to get a Qatar 2022 World Cup Job!

The 2010 World Cup was estimated to have created in the region of 160,000 jobs.

With 50 billion waiting to be invested, a new bridge to be built, the Doha Metro to be created along with new hotels, roads and stadiums, we think the Qatar 2022 World Cup could create even more!

In our latest articles on the website, we look at both the job opportunities created by the 2022 World Cup, and share 9 tips for finding them!

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Egyptian protests in Qatar

Never thought I would see chanting protestors in Qatar - but they are here! Although they are not protesting against Qatar but against the Egyptian government. Kudos on Qatar for allowing the demonstration to proceed.

Here's a video taken by Sean Burns, a lecturer at North Western:

You can read more in an amusing article on the Huffington Post by Anne Peterson: Egyptian protests extend to Qatar.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ANZBIQ Australia and Waitangi Day: Queensland Flood Relief BBQ

This has been sent in by a reader:

I have been asked to let Doha know about this event to raise funds for the Australia flood appeal.

This year’s ANZBIQ Australia and Waitangi Day BBQ will be a benefit relief for the victims of the recent Queensland floods.

The benefit will take place at the Grand Hyatt – Hotel Garden on 3rd Feb 2011 from 7pm to 12pm. Tickets will be QR 220 for adults and QR 110 for children (under 6 are free) which will include a Grand Buffet dinner with live cooking stations with an Australian and New Zealand theme, drinks and a live jazz band.

Grand Hyatt, Qatar Airways and Vodafone will be sponsoring the events and have donated some great items for our silent auction including return flights to Melbourne, Iphones, blackberries, a weekend stay at the Grand Hyatt, dinner vouchers and more.

It’s a great way to give something back to those affected by the floods.

This event is open to all so please spread the word to the community at large.

It will be a great event.

Please book your place directly with the restaurant at Grand Hyatt on 448 1240

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

The secret identities of Qataris online

Blogging from behind a mask...

Qatar is a strict society, which can exert strong pressure on people - especially women - to behave in a certain way.

Which is perhaps why Qatar residents are taking to social networks in their thousands to express themselves in a way they can't do offline. And to preserve their new-found social freedom, many of them are doing it in secret.

In our latest article, Ola talks to some of the Qataris and Qatari residents who are using manufactured online identities to say things and behave in a way they would never do in their real lives.

Although for some, their online lives already feel more real than their offline ones...

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Asian Cup 2011

The 2011 Asian Cup kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony and then the opening match Qatar vs Uzbekistan.

Unfortunately for the hosts, Qatar lost 2-0 in a poor game and many supporters were heading for the car park long before the end of the match.


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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Qatar Visa Update: Visa on arrival for GCC residents

The first class lounge at Doha Airport

Some GCC residents can get visa upon arrival in Qatar. Exactly who can get these visas depends on their job and the designation of their visa. For example, a a doctor would be granted a visa while a labourer would be refused one.

One of the questions we frequently get is just who is allowed into the country. Handily, the Qatar government has now published a list of allowed proffessions, which we have reproduced below.

Visa upon arrival will cost you QAR100, and the visa will be valid for one month. The visa can be extended at the end of each month with payment of additional fees, up to a total of three extra months.

To get the visa you must have a passport valid for at least another 6 months and possess a return ticket. Please remember visa regulations can change suddenly, and always check with your travel agent/airline before you come to Qatar.

For more information about visas to Qatar click here.

List of proffessions who can get visa upon arrival in Qatar:

1. Aquatic specialist

2. Statistics specialist

3. Agricultural specialist

4. Gardening specialist

5. Medical analysis specialist

6. Speech specialist

7. Breeding specialist (animals/birds/bees)

8. Medical X-ray specialist

9. Nutrition specialist

10. Zoology specialist

11. Psychiatrist

12. Lab specialist

13. Sports medicine specialist

14. Sociologist

15. X-Ray specialist

16. Media specialist

17. Customs specialist

18. Medical therapy specialist

19. Writer

20. University professor

21. Media person

22. Secretary or director of library

23. Staffs at embassies in GCC (except support services jobs)

24. Archeological researcher

25. Administrative researcher

26. Legal researcher

27. Professor

28. Trader

29. Geologist

30. Quantity enumerator

31. Referee (sports)

32. Finance/Economics expert

33. Law expert

34. Information Systems expert

35. Diplomat (Members of diplomatic corps)

36. President/CEO

37. President or director of a university

38. Chief Justice

39. Head of Prosecution

40. President or director of a club

41. Weather expert

42. Earthquakes expert

43. Captain of Ship/Cruise/Carrier/Steamship

44. Businessman

45. Religious person

46. Architectural draftsman

47. Business lady

48. Executive secretary

49. Journalist

50. Pharmacist

51. Jeweler

52. Army officer

53. Police officer

54. University student

55. Physician (All specialisation)

56. Surgeon (All specialisation)

57. Veterinary doctor

58. Pilot

59. Scientist

60. College dean

61. Astronomer

62. Artist (Actor, Musician, Composer, Poet, Painter, Singer…..etc)

63. Telecom technician

64. Professional security and safety technician

65. Medical equipments technician

66. Control equipments technician

67. X-ray technician

68. Dental technician (fixing)

69. Radio or TV transmission technician

70. Optical technician

71. ECG technician

72. Horse breeding technician

73. Mining technician

74. Microscopic technician

75. Geology technician

76. Well drilling technician

77. Pharmaceutical technician

78. Foodstuff technician

79. Ship maintenance technician

80. Aircraft maintenance technician

81. Train Maintenance Technician

82. Lab Technician

83. Aviation Technician

84. Physicist

85. Judge

86. Chemist (All Specializations)

87. Player (All sports items in a sports club)

88. Author

89. Computer Programmer

90. Translator

91. Accountant / Auditor

92. Lecturer

193. Lawyer / Advocate

94. Economic Analyst

95. Systems Analyst

96. Operations Analyst

97. Director

98. Customs Clearer

99. Sports Trainer

100. Aviation Trainer

101. General Professional Trainer (Industrial/Agricultural/Commercial)

102. Teacher / Instructor

103. Proofreader

104. Investment Manager

105. Archeological Director

106. Research & Studies Director

107. Insurance Manager

108. Banking business Manager

109. Production Director

110. Manager or Director of any government departments or companies

111. Administrative Manager

112. Broadcasting Manager

113. Media Manager

114. Regional Director

115. Bank Manager

116. Commercial Manager

117. Marketing Manager

118. Television Manager

119. Executive Manager / Director

120. Cooperative Society Manager

121. Accounts Manager

122. Cinema Director

123. Company or Factory Manager

124. Maintenance Manager

125. Printing and Publishing Manager

126. Hotel Manager

127. Electrical Manager

128. Finance Manager

129. Sales Manager

130. Museum Manager

131. School Manager

132. Plant Manager

133. Theatre Manager

134. Hospital Manager

135. Institute Manager

136. Library Manager

137. Laboratory Manager

138. Marine Transport Manager

139. Land Transport Manager

140. Air Transport Manager

141. Tourism Agency Manager

142. TV or Radio Programs Presenter

143. Correspondent (Newspaper/Radio/TV)

144. Food Controller

145. Aircraft Takeoff Controller

146. Maritime Controller

147. Quality Controller

148. Air Controller

149. Marine Traffic Controller

150. Media Controller

151. Road Controller

152. Aircraft Landing Controller

153. Cruise Ship Guide

154. Tourist Guide

155. Aviation Guide

156. Surveyor

157. Assistant Pharmacist

158. Co-Pilot

159. Assistant Engineer (All specializations)

160. Consultant

161. General Supervisor

162. Ships Supervisor

163. Banker

164. Decoration Designer

165. TV Cameraman

166. Cinema Cameraman

167. Press Photographer

168. Land Hostess

169. Air Hostess

170. Program Producer

171. Ship Captain

172. Aircraft Pilot

173. Male or Female Nurse

174. Cinema or Television Producer

175. Marketing Representative

176. Sports Representative

177. Sales Representative

178. Procurement Representative

179. Administration Coordinator

180. Archeological Prospector

181. Engineer (All specializations)

182. Career Counselor

183. Assistant General Manager

184. Captain

185. Commercial Broker

186. Travel or Tourism Agent

187. Prosecutor

188. Ministry Undersecretary

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