Teaching English in Qatar

Teaching English in Qatar

Qatar Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Doha$1500 – $3000

Teaching English in Qatar can be very lucrative, whether at a language center, university or with the British Council.

Experience is essential and many employers require at least two years.

As with all Gulf States, the Muslim way of life is not particularly compatible with other belief systems so many Westerners will require some time to adjust to what can be a stifling and rigid cultural environment. Americans and Canadians may have an advantage over other native speakers in Qatar because of the growing popularity of the American educational model.

Besides the generous tax-free salaries, the other positive points include the excellent cuisine and the desert and coastline.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?
YesYes1-2 Years

Experienced teachers and examiners are advised to look for openings at the British Council which is an excellent employer.

Having medical insurance (ideally as part of your contract) is essential as treatment costs are very high here and many ex-pats have been prevented from leaving the country until they settle their considerable medical debts.

Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidized accommodation, plus medical and flight allowances.

Work permits (isqama) should be arranged before you arrive in Qatar. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.

The cost of living in Qatar is high. However, decent salaries go a reasonable way of reflecting that. Indeed, you ought to be able to save a good portion of your salary each month.

Your salary is tax-free. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Qatar


  • Fascinating desert scenes and coastline
  • Excellent tax-free TEFL salaries
  • Decent infrastructure


  • Few paid openings for those without considerable experience
  • High living costs
  • The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced