Qatar is the world's richest country per capita and in 2022 will be the first Arab country to host the World Cup. It will build 12 eco-friendly iconic stadiums, some of which will be able to host up to 80,000 people.

More than half the population live in Doha, but beyond you'll find singing sand dunes, mangrove swamps and prehistoric carvings cut into hills. The recent openings of the Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village and Mathaf Arab Modern Art Museum helped Doha to be chosen in 2010 to be the Arab Capital of Culture by the Arab League under UNESCO’s Cultural Capitals Program.

Alcohol consumption is partially legal here with some luxury hotels being allowed to sell alcohol to non-Muslim customers. Non-Muslim expats can also obtain a permit to purchase alcohol for personal consumption.

In 2014, Qatar launched a modesty campaign to remind tourists of the modest dress code. Western female visitors and residents are advised to avoid leggings, miniskirts, sleeveless dresses, shorts or tight clothing in public. Men are advised against wearing shorts and sleeveless t-shirts.

Given that the accommodation is paid for, and that rates of pay are excellent, many expats choose to work in Qatar for a period to save money and return home having done exactly that. Being located in the Middle East also means many holiday destinations in Africa, India, Australia and South East Asia are much closer than from Europe. The official language is Arabic but English is widely understood and always used by Pulse staff in their place of work.

Local attractions

The Doha Film Institute screens independent as well as popular films regularly, and the mall cinemas screen many big releases. Live jazz and classical music are frequently performed in venues around Qatar and there is regular jazz at the Lincoln Centre and at Oryx Rotana’s Jazz Club. Qatar also has a Philharmonic Orchestra, an Opera House and a Museum of Islamic Art.

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Jobs in Qatar

Pulse is currently looking for nurses across a range of specialities to work in Qatar. We currently have opportunities for registered general nurses (RGN), medical nurses and certified midwives (CNM), and are especially interested in nurses with paediatric or Obs and Gynae experience. We also have opportunities for allied health professionals in Qatar, across a variety of specialisms.

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Qatar retains its warm weather for most of the year and averages highs of 37°C during the summer. Winters in Qatar are dry and last from December to March with average daytime temperatures of 25°C. Light and loose fitting clothing of natural fibres are best for the summer months while warmer clothing is ideal for the evenings in the winter months.

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