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Teaching in Qatar

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by galwaygirl1301, Feb 20, 2019.

  1. galwaygirl1301

    galwaygirl1301 New commenter

    Has anyone got any advice for teaching in Qatar? Moving in August 2019. Very excited, just trying to get as much information as possible.
    Anyone have experience with renting or buying cars? Bank accounts?
  2. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    The standard procedure is to send one of those TES Conversation things to a smelly old hippo.
  3. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    And to read the many past posts on Qatar.
  4. afterdark

    afterdark Lead commenter

    Yes. Teaching in Qatar can be a wonderful experience.
    Hiring a car needs a credit card.
    Years ago they just took an imprint with manual machine. These days it is all electronic.

    Hire the biggest engine you can afford, you need the power for acceleration and to have the AC pelting out.
    Specify non-smoking if you don't smoke.
    Buy a new car if you intend to stay for any significant length of time.
    The blockade has caused second hand cars to significantly lose their value. More sellers than buyers.

    Get an account with bank that has staff that can speak reasonably fluently in your language and also has a branch that you can get to fairly easily.

    Cash tills only stock QR, some ATMs used to stock both US $ and QR. The new airport is quite nice when leaving.Very spacious for arrivals.

    Be polite and never make any rude gestures when driving.

    Good luck.

    PM me if you have more questions.
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  5. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    As regular readers of the pachyderm's online ramblings will already know, it was quite a few years ago that Mr and Mrs Hippo were in Qatar. Maybe things have changed a lot. Those friends of mine who are still there tell me that the traffic jams are even worse and that prices for just about everything are a lot higher. Hmm.

    Generally speaking, schools seem to be cutting costs wherever possible, so the packages on offer are not as good as they were.

    On the subject of buying and / or hiring a car, the standard procedure was to hire a car for a month or so and then try to buy one, if you really are planning to stay for more than a year. You need a car in order to buy a car, as you have to get around Doha to see the various cars that are for sale. Yes, the market for second-hand cars was always glutted as the summer approached and those who were leaving were selling, but of course it might be a different story in August or September. Buying a second-hand car should be much cheaper, in theory, but usually a second-hand car means long and boring trips to the Industrial Area for spares and repairs.
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