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Old Jan 2nd 2018, 9:36 pm
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Hi I’m a 35 year old who’s been offered a job out in Doha, my dad used to work out in Saudi for British aerospace although it’s been a few years since he was there!

I’ve got a misses and kids although I’m planning on leaving them in uk. I’ve been offered a package of

around 45,000 a month which I’m thinking is about right,
4 flights home a year and 2 flights for family out each year
A company car,
4000 allowance towards accommodation,
2 year contract!


Is there anything I should be asking for in addition?
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Old Jan 3rd 2018, 4:32 am
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Hi I’m a 35 year old who’s been offered a job out in Doha, my dad used to work out in Saudi for British aerospace although it’s been a few years since he was there!

I’ve got a misses and kids although I’m planning on leaving them in uk. I’ve been offered a package of

around 45,000 a month which I’m thinking is about right,
4 flights home a year and 2 flights for family out each year
A company car,
4000 allowance towards accommodation,
2 year contract!


Is there anything I should be asking for in addition?
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Old Jan 3rd 2018, 5:24 am
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Just be aware you can't automatically convert a UK licence into a Qatari licence and need to sit the exam (both written and driving). This was introduced about a year ago to the dismay of many new expats. You may want to contemplate forgoing the company car and asking for a transportation allowance in lieu (usually around 2k a month) and taking taxi/ubers instead, which is what I do. Driving standards are annoying in Qatar and it's a relief not to have to drive.

Beyond that I don't have any comments. Qatar is dull but you'll have plenty of escapes to the UK.
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Just be aware you can't automatically convert a UK licence into a Qatari licence and need to sit the exam (both written and driving). This was introduced about a year ago to the dismay of many new expats. You may want to contemplate forgoing the company car and asking for a transportation allowance in lieu (usually around 2k a month) and taking taxi/ubers instead, which is what I do. Driving standards are annoying in Qatar and it's a relief not to have to drive.

Beyond that I don't have any comments. Qatar is dull but you'll have plenty of escapes to the UK.
crikey, i wasn't aware of that...what a pain in the googlies.
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crikey, i wasn't aware of that...what a pain in the googlies.
Aye. It's why I never bothered. Taxis and uber are so cheap and common here. I reckon I spend around 1700 a month in taxi/uber and it's cheaper than a hire car + petrol.
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Originally Posted by DXBtoDOH View Post
Just be aware you can't automatically convert a UK licence into a Qatari licence and need to sit the exam (both written and driving). This was introduced about a year ago to the dismay of many new expats. You may want to contemplate forgoing the company car and asking for a transportation allowance in lieu (usually around 2k a month) and taking taxi/ubers instead, which is what I do. Driving standards are annoying in Qatar and it's a relief not to have to drive.

Beyond that I don't have any comments. Qatar is dull but you'll have plenty of escapes to the UK.
This has changed again. I recently changed my UK license to Qatari.
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This has changed again. I recently changed my UK license to Qatari.

My, really, fancy that. Not surprised.
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