In the Middle East, Qatar has become one of the favorite destinations of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
If you have been hired for a job in Qatar, there are several things you should keep in mind if you want to make the most of your stay and adjust quicker to your new home.
Religion and Culture
Well to begin with, the main religion in the country is Islam so that is a big influence in their culture. Some say Qatar can be described as a mix of Saudi Arabia’s conservative culture and United Arab Emirates’ liberal culture. Lately, it has even welcomed the Christian faiths in the area by allowing them to build churches. Several restrictions, however, are in place regarding non-Muslim public worship so you have to be cautious about that.
You have to get used to extreme weather if you are staying in Qatar. In May to September, intense heat can be felt with temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees Celcius. During the months of November to May, you get to experience winter with temperatures falling to 5 degrees.
Expect no pork to be served in Public when you are in Qatar. Meanwhile, grilled or boiled fish and seafood are popular in the country. If you are really craving for meat, you can try out the lamb dishes. Some Filipino restaurants can also be found in Qatar.
Drinking and Partying
When it comes to drinking, you have to remember that buying and drinking alcohol is only allowed in certain places. Bars and hotel clubs can also be found in Qatar.
Simply put, living and working in Qatar can be exciting but you should be careful so as not to disrespect local custom or break any laws. If you observe the rules, you will be able to enjoy your stay in the country without getting into any problem.