In February 2015, Qatar approved a law making it mandatory for private companies to remunerate employees directly through authorised banks.

The law is aimed at guaranteeing that foreign nationals are paid in full in a timely manner, in accordance with applicable contractual terms. While the implementation details are yet to be released, the law is said to require employees to be remunerated on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment are expected to be applied for non-compliance after the lapse of a six month grace period.

A similar system is already in place in the United Arab Emirates where employers are required to transfer wages to certain authorised banks, which then transfers the wages to the employees.

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Once implementation details are released, employers must ensure that wages are transferred to authorised banks.