English Teaching in Qatar


Teaching English in Qatar Jobs

Fueled by oil wealth and strong efforts to modernize the economy, Qatar has undergone a spectacular transformation in recent decades and has earned a reputation as a regional center of commerce and culture. Qualified English teachers here can realistically expect to make $1,500 - $3,000 tax-free a month with benefits including airfare to and from the assignment, health insurance, and even furnished housing.

Because Qatar is considerably smaller than Saudi Arabia and a coveted destination for foreigner teachers offering lucrative contracts, the job market is extremely competitive.  Beginning TEFL teachers may find it difficult to be hired here, as most jobs will go to experienced native-English speaking teachers with advanced credentials.

Most teachers are hired in advance from their own country and have their visa processed prior to their departure for their teaching destination. To receive their visa, teachers should expect to pass a physical and an HIV test, and in many cases, academic transcripts and a criminal background check may also be necessary. Expect the process of interviewing and procuring a visa processes to take at least 1-3 months.

English teaching jobs in Qatar are concentrated in the capital city of Doha, as well as Al Wakrah, Ar Rayyan and other larger cities.


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English Teaching Requirements in Qatar

  • Typical hiring process: phone/e-mail in advance
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20–25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
  • Types of students: business professionals, adult langauge learners, children in public schools and private language schools
  • Average monthly pay: 2,300–4,000 USD; 8,000 - 14,500 QAR
  • Start-up cost: 1,000-1,500 USD; 3,640 - 5460 QAR
  • Potential to save or break even: Potential to save up to 800-2,000 USD per month 
  • Accommodation/housing benefits paid: Yes; free housing or housing subsidy
  • Flight reimbursement: Yes; will cover airfare

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Interesting Facts About Life in Qatar

  • Qatar-teaching-English-flagQatar has been selected to host the 2022 World Cup, making it the first Arab nation to host the world’s most popular sporting event.
  • Islam is the predominant religion, as Muslims constitute 77.6% of the population (virtually all non-Muslims are expatriates living in Qatar) and the call to prayer can be heard five times each day.
  • Expatriates comprise the majority of Qatar’s residents - nearly three quarters of the population.
  • The Qatari peninsula juts 100 miles north into the Persian Gulf from Saudi Arabia and is slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut.
  • Foreign maps of Arabia drawn before the 19th century typically didn’t mention Qatar.

Living in Qatar Teaching English...

Modern and prosperous, the state of Qatar occupies the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula. Qatar is an oil- and gas-rich nation, with the third largest gas reserves and the first or second highest GDP per capita in the world. It is also home to Al Jazeera television, while also playing host to a major U.S. military presence. The country also contains evocative aban rock carvings dating back thousands of years. Visitors will marvel at “Palm Tree Island,” a feat of environmental architecture and modern engineering that lies outside the capital city of Doha in the warm Gulf waters.

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