Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Qatar as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Qatar: Employment growing outside oil sector (September 2023)

Latest survey data by the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) reveals that non-oil private sector employment expanded for the seventh month running in September 2023, and at the fastest rate since June 2022 …

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Qatar: Disturbing aftermath of the World Cup

Although last year’s World Cup was heralded by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) as being a stimulus for improved labour laws in the Gulf State, the sad truth was that foreign workers hired in to help operate the match programme were often poorly treated as soon as the competition was over …

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Qatar: Agreement to enhance joint cooperation in the fields of labour signed between Qatar and Burundi

The agreement focuses on regulating the recruitment of Burundian nationals to work in Qatar by simplifying procedures related to their employment, as well as exchanging views about new ways to attract Burundian workers to Qatar …

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Qatar: ‘Nationalizing’ jobs in the private sector

A programme to increase representation of Qatari nationals in the private sector was begun last year and achieved some, albeit modest, progress …

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Qatar: Ministry of Labour launches e-service package to process work permits

The new service includes the generation of digital work permit application forms; a facility for renewing a work permit that remains valid for at least three months; canceling a work permit and renewing or amending the validity of a labour recruitment approval …

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Qatar: The executive regulation of the Social Insurance Law to be issued soon

The Social Insurance Law was implemented at the beginning of this year, but certain articles apply to the subsequent issuance of the Law’s executive regulation …

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Qatar: Maintaining social security records

The General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority (GRSIA) has emphasized that employers must keep financial, administrative, and legal records of their insured person to serve as a basis for the payment of contributions, the settlement of pensions and insurance benefits – in addition to the commitment to the ‘calculated contribution salary’ (ie: basic salary + social allowance + accommodation allowance) …

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Qatar: Social Insurance Law No.1/2022 implemented

The new law has expanded the scope of insurance coverage to include all citizens working in the private sector …

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Qatar: Guide to investment

The Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar) has launched a new multilingual ‘Guide to Investment’ in Arabic, English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish …

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Qatar: MOL launches a platform to reemploy workers in private sector

The updated version of the “Labour Re-employment Platform for the Private Sector” has been launched …

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Qatar: Shorter working time for those with “special needs”

All private sector businesses are required to hire people with disabilities if they have 25 or more employees …

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Qatar: Rise in social security contributions

The New Social Insurance Law (Qatar Law No …

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Qatar: Failure to segregate solid waste to be penalised from October 2022

The Ministry of Municipality has asked all firms to provide and place containers for sorting solid waste at their facilities with effect from 1st October 2022, to avoid legal action …

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Qatar: Temporary entry requirements for visitors to Qatar due to the FIFA World Cup 2022

Effective 1st November 2022 through to 23rd January 2023, entry to Qatar will be restricted to Hayya card holders, residents and nationals of Qatar …

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Qatar: Under-reporting heat deaths

A BBC investigation has uncovered widespread under-reporting of fatalities due to heat stress …

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