Neil Pinnock has worked for Fircroft for over a decade, and moved to Qatar in October 2013 to work as Account Manager in our Doha office. Here he discusses what it is like to live in Qatar, as well as the oil and gas industry in the region.
What is it like to live in Qatar?
Living in Qatar is probably quite different to what most people expect. May in Qatar means the temperature has already reached a very dry and hot 40 degrees; you may think this might have an adverse effect on activity here, but that’s not necessarily the case. People who live here are used to the climate and the boom in construction activity here continues to prosper.
The country has recently invested in major changes to existing infrastructure, along with new inland construction projects. Furthermore, there is ongoing work in preparation for the 2022 World Cup which is due to be staged here; this is great news for Qatar, at it is the first Arab nation to ever hold the event. Due to sound finances and a firm net asset position, the recent pressure on certain commodity prices has had little effect on Qatar’s desire and resolve to forge ahead with its plans to become a major player in the Middle East.
Around 500 new expats arrive at the airport in Doha on a daily basis. Qatar is consistently developing due to numerous prospering industries, including the oil and gas industry. Furthermore, there are plenty of attractive prospects; family visas are available, as well as British schooling and free healthcare, inclusive of expats.
Contrary to popular belief, women can legally drive in Qatar, but expats are required to apply for an International Driver’s Licence which will be legal for a maximum of 6 months. However, as soon as your residence permit arrives, you will need to apply for a Qatari driving licence to be able to drive legally. Fuel in Qatar is extremely cheap, but the roads can be quite hectic, so make sure you prepare yourself!
What is the oil and gas industry like in Qatar?
Like many other countries, Qatar is currently monitoring the larger items of expenditure in the oil and gas industry and making smaller savings in other areas. This has resulted in some projects being reappraised against the current oil price; however, when prices improve I am sure Qatar will be in a good place to resume activity as normal with both new and existing projects.
Qatar still remains above many major players in the oil and gas industry, producing more petroleum and other liquids than regions such as Norway, Angola and Kazakhstan. Furthermore, the most recent ranking of dry natural gas production listed Qatar as 4th in the world. It is not without reason that Qatar remains Number 1 on the top ten list of Richest Nations of the World.
What does the future hold for Fircroft Qatar?
The future for Fircroft Qatar is definitely positive; we continue to place contractors in numerous roles such as Project Management, Cost & Planning, HSE, Engineering and Procurement & Contracts. The office here consists of myself, a Country Manager, Recruitment Consultants, Account Coordinators, a Resourcer and an Office Administrator. Together we work to provide the best possible service for our clients, contractors and candidates; the office has been open here since 2007, and hopefully we will continue to expand as time goes on.
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