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Ministries to hire Qatari drivers 15, May 2011

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Qatar.
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The Qatari Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Art, Culture and Heritage will soon be hiring Qatari nationals as drivers. While to those not familiar with Gulf politics this may seem like the very definition of a non-story, this really is news for Qatar.

Traditionally Qataris shun ‘menial’ jobs like these. They are often looked down on as work only fit for expatriates from, say, the sub continent.

These jobs are specifically being aimed at Qataris will little or no qualifications who even in Qatar’s highly skewed work place cannot not get a job.

Good stuff. Here’s hoping this is the first inkling of a change of pace here in Qatar. Having said that, I’d not like to be the VIP waiting at the airport to be picked up…


1. RohanV - 16, May 2011

What a great headline: “Ministries to hire citizens as drivers.”

Also, how many of those cars are going to be Land Cruisers?

thegulfblog.com - 16, May 2011

It is indeed quite comical.

I often wonder what percentage of Qatari households own a Land Cruiser. I know that families here are huge, but even if the definition were narrowed significantly, I still think that it would be practically 100%.

2. CKCH - 16, May 2011

That’s fine and all, but are Qatari’s actually going to want the jobs? It’s one thing to say Qatari’s will be hired, it’s another to actually have Qatari’s apply. We will see, I suppose.

3. Ahmed - 16, May 2011

Indeed it would be 100% for Nissan Patrols and Land Cruisers. I wonder how long breaks they get, better question, what salary? I believe it will be astronomical.

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