Why is Qatar so popular for international teachers?

Published on 26th January, 2021 by Gemma McSweeney. Published in For Candidates / TIC News

Where are the hot spots for teaching overseas in 2021? Here at TIC Recruitment, we think Qatar is a great choice. We have a number of excellent vacancies currently available, and with travel restrictions imposed by other Gulf countries soon to be lifted, it is certainly a top destination for international teachers. From its luxurious shopping malls and vibrant community, to its tax-free incomes and extensive selection of schools, there’s something for everyone! This blog post explores all that the country has to offer this year…

What is it like in Qatar?

Qatar is a rich desert country with a long shoreline of beaches and dunes. Lonely Planet recently labelled Qatar as fast becoming one of the most exciting places in the world. It is very safe and liveable, with 75% of its population being expats.

The country experiences very hot weather, with temperatures reaching 50 degrees Celsius in the summer months. This coupled with its abundance of shoreline beaches makes it an attractive location.  For around 8 months of the year, Qatar has the most perfect temperature ranging from 20 – 30 degrees centigrade.

What can I do in my free time?

There are plenty of exciting sports on offer, from desert driving to water sports. The FIFA 2022 World Cup is being held in Qatar, making it a good choice for sports fans!

Famous for its numerous shopping centres and malls, you will be able to fulfil all your shopping needs.

To experience the local culture, the Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art is a must see. Designed by architect I.M. Pei it is a masterpiece both inside and out.

What is the food like?

Traditional Qatari cuisine combines delicious Arab, Iranian and Indian styles of cooking. Dishes include lots of rice, meat and vegetables. Machboos is the National dish of Qatar and is slow cooked for an abundance of flavour.

What is the healthcare like?

Healthcare is free at government health facilities, but you must have a Health Card. Most teachers choose to use private medical practices.

But don’t just take our word for it! Here are what some of our teachers said:

It’s fascinating: “The great thing about Doha is that it is safe, and the people are charming. It is fascinating living and learning in such a vibrant place” Sarah White.

It’s easy to be an expat here: “Qatar is a very progressive Middle Eastern country. On a Thursday night (which is the end of the working week), you’ll see all sorts of people; Qataris, Indians, Westerners all sitting out on the Corniche enjoying life. It’s a great place to be,” Robert Graves.

Happy, enthusiastic students: “I really love that the students in Qatar are motivated to learn. They looked forward to coming to school and want to work hard. In the UK I spent most of my time trying to manage the students' behaviour. In Qatar, I spend most of my time teaching,” Sarah Brown.

Perfect place to meet people: “There is an endless list of things to do here to meet people outside work. There’s a big expat community; you will definitely find friends and activities to match your needs and wants. I’ve joined a running group and go kayaking on the weekend, there’s so much more I can mention but it would be an endless list!”  Nicole Brand.

And even leadership…

Derek Laidlaw is a British Headteacher who TIC placed in Qatar as Executive Principal at Oryx International School in Mesaimeer, on the outskirts of Doha.

“Oryx International School is unlike any school I’ve worked at previously. It’s staffing levels are excellent, and the facilities are outstanding.”

Would you like to teach in Qatar?  View our vacancies today https://www.ticrecruitment.com/vacancies

If you would like to teach overseas, register with TIC Recruitment here for free. It’s quick and easy and gives you access to many international school jobs in reputable, accredited international schools, some that are not advertised anywhere else. Despite these uncertain times, TIC Recruitment are still recruiting and supporting many international teachers.

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Gemma McSweeney

Gemma is our Associate Director, having joined TIC in 2009. With over 15 years experience of recruitment and selection methods, she specialises in matching teachers and leaders with our international school partners. She has attended many international education conferences and has visited a number of international schools over the years. She uses this experience to best advise our teachers, leaders and schools and manage our team and UK operations.