Pay discrepancies here are just astounding - Doha Notebook Day 13

 Ooredoo SIM card

An Ooredoo SIM card kit.
 

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What you need to know:

  • A foreigner will take home at the end of the month a basic package of QR4,000 (Sh134,743)
  • Leading Doha-based telecom company Ooredoo has a promo, “watch the World Cup with Ooredoo One”
  • Following the conclusion of the group phase of the tournament the country has launched a new Hayya card that will be issued once a fan shows proof of accommodation and pays an entry fee of QR500 (Sh16,842)

Ooredoo rides on World Cup but their rates are robbery!

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Many companies here in Qatar are cashing in on the popularity of the World Cup to run promotions for their products. Leading Doha-based telecom company Ooredoo has a promo, “watch the World Cup with Ooredoo One”. The promo offers free installation of the internet with speeds of up to 500Mbps. That is not enough. Potential users are enticed with a 25 per cent price cut for the first four months of use. But the bundles are eaten as fast as the money a Kenyan man sends as bus fare to a lass he fancies. Yours truly bought from Ooredoo a bundles package of 20GB for QR200 (Sh6,737) in November. Two weeks later only 5GB are remaining!

Pay discrepancies here are just astounding

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The Qataris are proud of themselves and they exhibit this in a very direct way. This is our country, and we will do what we want, seems to be their stand. Take the example of their wage policy. A foreigner doing the same job as a Qatari and employed under the same job level will earn a significantly lower salary. Take the example of an office secretary job. A foreigner will take home at the end of the month a basic package of QR4,000 (Sh134,743). In comparison, a Qatari will be paid QR25,000 (Sh842,145). And we have not spoken about other benefits that the Qatari will enjoy such as housing allowance, pension scheme contribution etc that a foreigner can only see on "viusasa".

World Cup fans without tickets can now enter Qatar

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From Saturday, visitors without World Cup game tickets were allowed to enter Qatar. Previously, only holders of a validly bought match ticket could be permitted into Qatar in November-December, once they had successfully been issued with a Hayya card that acts as an entry visa. Following the conclusion of the group phase of the tournament the country has launched a new Hayya card that will be issued once a fan shows proof of accommodation and pays an entry fee of QR500 (Sh16,842). The Ministry of Interior explained that non-ticketed fans could book hotel reservations on the website qatar2022.qa/book. 

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