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Labor Law

The Labor Law of Qatar provides a body of laws and regulations outlining the legal rights, restrictions and obligations of workers, employers and workers committees. All parties involved should adhere to the Labor Law.

General Guidelines for' New Migrant Workers'


Foreigners may work in Qatar under sponsorship.

Without special permission, a sponsored employee may not work for another employer. Transfer of sponsorship may be granted in cases where both the original and potential new employers agree to the change. Without a release letter, a person must leave the country for a minimum of two years before returning to work for another employer.

Sponsors may not keep the passports of their employees except to complete visa formalities.

Sponsored employees may apply to bring their spouses and children to Qatar under personal sponsorship.

Working Hours

According to the Labor Law, the maximum ordinary working hours shall be forty-eight hours per week, at the rate of eight hours per day throughout all months of the year, except for the month of Ramadan, when the maximum working hours shall be thirty-six hours per week at the rate of six hours per day.

Workers are entitled to at least one day of rest per week. Friday is the common day of rest for all workers except those who handle shift work. No employee should work two or more Fridays in a row.

The time spent by the worker in travel to and from the place of work and his residence shall not form a part of the working hours.

The working hours shall include one or more intervals for prayer, rest and the taking of meals which shall not be less than one hour and not more than three hours. These intervals shall not be counted in the calculation of the working hours or taken into consideration in specifying intervals or intervals of rest, and the Worker shall not Work for more than five consecutive hours.

A resolution from the Minister shall be issued in respect of the type of work, which may require continuity without rest interval.

Workers Committees

Qatari workers may form workers committees and join larger trade unions. Strikes are allowed as long as they follow the rules of the Labor Law.

More information

For more information on the labor law please see this booklets prepared by National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) available in the following languages:












or watch this short video explaining your rights and obligations as a worker in Qatar: