Working in Qatar
Qatar, a nation rich in oil and gas natural reserves, is the richest country in the world per capita and is currently going through a phase of immense healthcare infrastructure development.
Among the many is the Sidra Medical and Research Center. This $7.9 billion ultra modern hospital, designed to employ cutting-edge technology and using state-of-the-art medical equipment, seeks to employ more than 5,000 staff, including 2,000 nurses, 600 doctors, 800 other healthcare professionals plus managers and support staff.
The Hamad Medical Corporation, the main provider of secondary and tertiary healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East. It has embarked on an expansion program which will see seven new major hospitals open in Qatar, expecting to create more than 1100 new hospital beds by December 2017, including a women’s wellness center, a communicable diseases facility and three hospitals for workers.
National requirements for healthcare professionals seeking employment in the Qatar
The Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners is the sole authority responsible for regulating all healthcare practitioners working in both the government and private sectors.
Aiming to standardize the training and quality of healthcare services, the government has launched a licensing and development program. This includes National Continuous Medical Education or known as Continuous Professional Development (CME/CPD) Program, which all healthcare practitioners must take to be legally allowed to work in the country.
The Best of Qatar
While the cost of living is high, tax free income together with employment packages that often include housing, health insurance and paid flights back home once a year makes working in Qatar attractive.
In Qatar, women can drive. An expat can also buy alcohol for at-home consumption if they have a licence approved by their employer.
One does not have to adopt a Muslim dress code, although one is expected to dress modestly and appropriately. Depending on the job offer, a married expat can sponsor spouses and children.
There is a healthy social life among expats which becomes a great support network when working as an expat in Qatar.