KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2017


Changes to sponsorship law

Changes are expected to include reform of the exit permit system (to allow more employee input) and changes to the requirement for no-objection certificates in relation to changing sponsors in Qatar.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2016


New expatriates’ law

The Qatari government introduced new legislation (effective December 2016) regulating the entry, exit, and residence of expatriates in Qatar (the “Expatriates’ Law”). This result in a number of significant changes, including: (1) the system of exit permits for expatriate employees wishing to exit Qatar, and (2) changes in relation to the requirement to obtain a no-objection certificate from a current employer if the employee seeks to obtain employment with another employer in Qatar.

With thanks to Gordon Barr of Al Tamimi & Company for his invaluable collaboration on this update.