Middle East

Teaching in Qatar

Qatar offers teachers the opportunity to earn a competitive, tax-free salary and work at some of the best international schools in the Middle East; from those primarily attended by Qatar nationals to those almost exclusively for expatriates.

Qatar has heavily invested in its education system in recent years making it an extremely exciting choice for teachers looking to progress overseas.

Teaching jobs in Qatar range from kindergarten/nursery and primary through to middle and secondary school positions, in all subject areas and up to principal level.

  • Capital - Doha
  • Population - 2.169 million (2013)
  • Currency -  Qatari Rial
  • Religion - Islam 
  • Language - Arabic
  • 11 national holidays per year

Fun facts about Qatar

  • The Pearl Qatar is a luxury development built on an artificial island shaped like a string of pearls
  • Souq Waqif is one of Qatar’s most vibrant social hotspots
  • Qatar became independent from Britain in 1971
  • Became independent from Britain in 1971
  • It is the second richest country in the world
  • Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022

Salary and benefits 

  • Teaching salary in Qatar typically ranges from 10,000 – 14,000 QR/month (approximately $2700 to $3800) tax-free.  
  • The international benefits include free accommodation, return flights, medical insurance and professional development.
  • Low cost of living applies, so your tax-free income status means that you will be able to live comfortably and save money.

Requirements to teach in Qatar
  • You must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant subject.
  • You are typically required to have 2 years of relevant teaching experience. 
  • You must be licenced and/or certified.
  • You must be a fluent, native English speaker.

Working hours in Qatar

The working week starts on a Sunday and finishes on a Thursday, with Friday's and Saturdays being weekends.

Internal schools tend to run from earlier in the morning to earlier in the afternoon, to make way for extra curricular activities  

About Qatar – the experience

Where old world traditions meet modern day amenities, teaching in Qatar gives you the opportunity to experience traditional hospitality and visit ancient sights from the Ottoman period as well as delight in modern entertainment such as shopping malls, museums and water sports.

Beautiful beaches attract tourists and the balance between the fast paced lifestyle found in Dubai and the traditional culture of somewhere like Jordan means you’re likely to find a place in Qatar to suit you.

Expect all year round sunshine and in the summer months, most schools begin their day early to avoid the afternoon heat.

Food in Qatar

Qatari cuisine is made up of traditional Arab and Levantine cuisine. Machbūs, a meal consisting of rice, meat, and vegetables, is the national dish in Qatar. 

Seafood and dates are staple food items in the country.