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Anybody have any first hand experience with going to Qatar? I've done a ton of research and put in an application, but I would love to hear from someone who has been!

Nscorpiored, BSN

Specializes in Operating Room. Has 5 years experience.

I am also interested in nursing in Qatar and this is the first time that I actually considered going overseas. Doing some research it looks as if you will need to apply for a license overseas and then pass another medical licensing board for particular hospitals and that is if they consider you

Suzeekay

Has 15 years experience.

Hi, I worked there on a contract, and it depends on where you will be working, I guess you might be considering Sidra Medical Center. This one is an upcoming new Hospital, state of the art. The salary is great, plenty of vacation time, lots of travel opportunities around the middle east, asia and Africa as the country is in central location.

It is expensive to live there, cost of living is high however depending on your purpose of going there, one can save a decent amount of money. ( that is one reason people go to any middle east country I think) There are no cultural restrictions - as you don't have to cover your face being a female as in the case of working in Saudi Arabia. You can drive, The city of Qatar is small, limited entertainment. Local arab population is smaller than other nationalities. Overall a great experience if you are looking for good work experience, good money and travel opportunities.

Suzeekay

Has 15 years experience.

If you have a RN license from US or Canada, or some other countries you do not need a new license.

Thank you so much! That really helps!

Nscorpiored, BSN

Specializes in Operating Room. Has 5 years experience.

Thanks so much for the advice what steps did you take to acquire your contract? Do you still work with this company and do you recommend this as a possible option for new graduate nurses? I am trying to find as many alternatives as possible as it is hard to acquire work as a new graduate nurse.

Hi, I worked there on a contract, and it depends on where you will be working, I guess you might be considering Sidra Medical Center. This one is an upcoming new Hospital, state of the art. The salary is great, plenty of vacation time, lots of travel opportunities around the middle east, asia and Africa as the country is in central location.

It is expensive to live there, cost of living is high however depending on your purpose of going there, one can save a decent amount of money. ( that is one reason people go to any middle east country I think) There are no cultural restrictions - as you don't have to cover your face being a female as in the case of working in Saudi Arabia. You can drive, The city of Qatar is small, limited entertainment. Local arab population is smaller than other nationalities. Overall a great experience if you are looking for good work experience, good money and travel opportunities.

Suzeekay

Has 15 years experience.

Middle East / Qatar is only for experienced nurses, They would not offer you job unless you have 2-3 years of exp. in the US / Canada. Good luck with your job search.

If you have a RN license from US or Canada, or some other countries you do not need a new license.

How long did it take you to get all of the paperwork (visa, etc) all set? I was just notified that I've been short listed to interview! I'm really excited!