Qatar Working Hours
What are the typical working hours in Qatar?
Standard Working Hours
The set standard for working hours in Qatar is 9 hours a day six days a week. The majority of, but not all, companies require staff to work 6 days a week, but government employees normally work 5 days a week and less hours.
Maximum Working Hours
The maximum hours that can be worked in one week in Qatar is 48 hours. However, in Ramadan this is reduced to 6 hours a day with a maximum of 36 hours a week. Working hours should include at least an hour for rest, eating and prayer. Even with overtime, employees should not work more than ten hours a day.
The reality is that many people work more hours. Some choose do so because they feel it is necessary to get the job done. However, some small companies and shops illegally force their employees to work long hours, while we have heard horror stories of maids working from early in the morning to late at night.
While working for the government and companies like QP may mean less working days, the government is very keen on providing training. Courses and workshops can eat into your free time. On the plus side, there is normally plenty of food provided, it can mean free trips abroad and, of course, you are upgrading your skill base.
If possible, avoid working for small companies and individuals. Instead, look for work either with a government department or with a reputable company such as QP or Ras Gas.
For more information about working conditions in Qatar see our article on Qatar Labour Law.
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