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Teaching in Dukhan/Qatar

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by jojo_k, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. jojo_k

    jojo_k New commenter

    Hi all. I was wondering if any of you could help. I was offered a job opportunity in Dukhan in Qatar.
    How much is an average salary there in order to be able to support family and save?
    Do you know anything about Dukhan?
    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Thank you
  2. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    Taught there for 5 years. Single parent with 2 children. Left 3 years ago.
    Basic salary is 12K Riyals but you get a lot of allowances and you will clear 20K Riyals per month.
    Houses/flats in Dukhan are palatial by any standards. You will not pay for electricity or housing. That is a biggy as air conditioning is a necessity of life.
    Facilities in the compound are like a holiday camp. Pools, beach club , recreation centre, many free activities like diving and sailing, tennis, squash. Many people take up running or cycling.
    Dukhan is very isolated. It is 70KM from Doha, well over an hour drive. Some people like that , some hate it.

    I saved a bundle and I absolutely did not scrimp. Some people go there and live like a hermit and save loads.

    Ask me anything.
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  3. jojo_k

    jojo_k New commenter

  4. jojo_k

    jojo_k New commenter

    Thank you for your reply.

    We are a family of 5.3 kids
    How do kids adapt there? Did your kids like it there?How is the school? Dress code for women?

    Thanks again for your time
  5. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    5.3 kids?
    My children adapted to the life very easily. They developed friendship groups in school and generally socialised with the same students outside of school. I was a teacher and I often had my students round at my house visiting my own children. This is perfectly normal in Dukhan and unavoidable.
    My children still talk very fondly of their time in Dukhan. They both learned Arabic as most of their pals spoke Arabic. They still have friends from all over the world who they are in contact with.
    It is fair to say that things get more complicated when western kids get to 16. Qatar is a Muslim country and does not offer the freedoms of the west. My daughter stayed in Qatar to finish 6th form. My son went to boarding school in England and it was the best thing I could do for him. He got straight As in his A levels.
    The school has sacked all of the management who were there during my time so I cant really comment on it now. The school is the most comprehensive school I have ever taught in. The sons and daughters of all workers go to the school. I taught engineers children in the same class as the daughter of the MD of QP. I loved teaching there.
    Dress code for women inside the compound is not strict at all. Western female teachers dress how they like and wear bikinis at the beach. it is odd to see Muslim ladies go into the sea/pool covered head to foot alongside bikini-clad western ladies.

    Be prepared for a mountain of paperwork when you arrive. Get loads of passport photos and lean heavily on school staff to get you through. You will be asked repeatedly for the same information and it will all get very stressy if you let it. Just go with the flow.
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  6. jojo_k

    jojo_k New commenter

    3 kids, 5 people in total. Lol

    That’s great to know. Thank you for all your information and your time.
    It is always a bit scary to take the leap especially when you have children. Going to a place where you have never been before and so cultural different it can be daunting. I just want to make sure I make the right decision for my family.

    Thank you very much.
  7. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    No prob. Please feel free to ask anything as time progresses.
  8. marlen_tleuberdinov

    marlen_tleuberdinov New commenter

    I would like to know how much is the housing in Dukhan if the employer is not QP company?
    What is the rate?
  9. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    I do not know how much the housing in Dukhan is.
    I can only suggest that you ask your employer.

    May I also suggest that if Marlen Tieurberdinov is your actual name, please change your username so that your employer cannot identify your posts.
  10. Daredevil111

    Daredevil111 New commenter


    Hope you’re well

    I don’t know how to PM you. But if you could kindly initiate a private conversation I would be ever so grateful for your time and sage.

    Thank you.
  11. marlen_tleuberdinov

    marlen_tleuberdinov New commenter

    Does anyone know how much time it will take from the moment I start working to get a family visa for my wife? My employer says it will take more than 6 months since I need 6 months bank statement to apply. Is that so?
  12. taiyah

    taiyah Occasional commenter

    I heard about this. The reason for this is because you need to prove to MOFA that you can support your family. We had a teacher who couldn't produce evidence of savings that met the immigration's minimum. Although 6 months is a long time and that will require, depending on your nationality at least 2 - 3 visa runs which is expensive and boring because your options are Kuwait or Oman. If you don't do the visa run it is a 200 - 300QR a day the individual is overdue. I say ask your pending HR team and be very thorough with your questions.
  13. teachtronic

    teachtronic New commenter

    Is this standard procedure now for schools in Qatar? Or is it purely dependent on your nationality? Could you please elaborate with more details....not sure how soneone could be separated from family for such a long period of time.
  14. norwichred

    norwichred Occasional commenter

    Bahrain not an option? When I worked there my school sent me there on Visa runs.
  15. teachtronic

    teachtronic New commenter

    Not with the current blockade of which Bahrain is a part of.
  16. taiyah

    taiyah Occasional commenter

    From what I know, this visa criteria was already happening back in 2014. My HR is one of the best ones I've worked with so far. Judging by the panic the gas schools are doing with getting ALL of their teachers' qualifications attested and notarized by both thier country of origin and MOFA, I'd say my HR is bang on. Qatar itself is getting tighter with handing out teaching visas.

    If your ending new HR team have no clue then follow the info I just explained. One of the strategies several teachers have done was show their UK savings, must be an accessible one. However, I don't know what the minimum amount is. But with the 6 month guidelines, I'd say £10,000?

    In regards to visa runs, I'd say you will be forking that out yourself. But it doesn't hurt to ask.
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  17. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    Friends who are still teaching in Qatar tell me there is a move to Islamify and Qatarise across all schools. The petroleum company schools have massively increased the percentage of Muslim and Qatari teachers, especially in primary.
    Please remember that all schools are treated differently by the government. What works for one school will not necessarily work for another school.
  18. taiyah

    taiyah Occasional commenter

    True. There is an element of nationalization particularly in the gas schools (as they are owned by the state) and Islamic owned schools. Some transitioning faster than others. Locals are expensive, a TA will earn more than an actual teacher. As for the other cheaper options, it will come in due time. 5000 jobs were promised to help the land of Indiana Jones boost their economy.

    My financial advice, particularly for teaching couples and singles.. Ride the gravy train for as long as you can. It is certainly doable. Meet your financial goals then move on..

    Best of luck.
  19. 2393ka

    2393ka New commenter

    Hi moscowbore, I've read your posts and they are really informative. I was wondering if you start a conversation with me as I wanted to ask some questions.

    I cant start conversations yet
  20. jivinips

    jivinips New commenter

    Is there any 28/28 rotation in those schools?

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