Employment contracts in Qatar must be written in Arabic in order to be considered valid. Contracts can however be in another language in addition.


Salaries are paid either monthly or semi monthly.

HR & Labor

Working Hours: Full time in Qatar is 48 hours weekly, and 8 hours daily, with exception of Ramadan shortening weekly hours to 36 hours, and daily to 6 hours.
Minimum Age: minimum working age is 16, however minors may only work during daylight hours and are prohibited from working during rest days and holidays.


In order to legally work in Qatar, your employer must sponsor your work visa, and apply for it through The Ministry of Administrative Development Labor & Social Affairs


Workers employed by a company for over one year are entitled to annual leave pay.

Minimum Wage

There is no minimum wage, low-paid employees are protected by agreements with certain countries.

Public Holidays

December 18: National Day (Founders day)

February 13: National Sports Day
June 15: Eid-al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
June 16-17: Eid-al-Fitr holiday
August 22: Eid-al-Adha (Feat of Sacrifice)
December 18: National Day (Founders Day)

Pension Fund

Employers are required to contribute 10% of employees wages to pension fund.

Employees are required to contribute 5% of their wages to pension fund.

Severance Payments

Employees leaving a position are entitled to EOSB (end of service benefits). These benefits are agreed upon mutually between employer and employee, and must equal at least 3 weeks of employees gross salary for each year employed.

Advance Notice

Those employed for 1-5 years are required to provide one months notice. Those employed for over 5 years must provide two months notice.

Termination Procedure

Workers of 1-5 years are entitled to one months notice. Workers of over 5 years are entitled to two months notice.

Sick Days

After three months of employment, workers are entitled to two weeks of sick leave. Upon return from leave, employees must submit a medical certificate.

Vacation Days

From 1-5 years of employment, workers are entitled to three weeks of vacation. After 5 years of employment, workers are entitled to four weeks of leave.


Currently, there is no VAT. There are plans to introduce it in the first quarter of 2018.