Qatar’s cabinet approval on a draft law to grant permanent residency to the expats has been well received and lauded by the residents who believe that it will contribute to the pace of economic growth.
“According to the provisions of the bill, the minister of interior may grant permanent residency IDs to non-Qataris if they meet the conditions specified in the law,” the Cabinet statement carried by the agency said.
The card holders will have a free access to education and healthcare for the first time, they will also have the right to own property and run business without a Qatari partner.
Expatiates said that it was a landmark legislation with the potential to ultimately transform the national economy by granting permanent residency to some of the foreigners who form a sizeable number in the population.
Pakistan ambassador Shahzad Ahmad congratulated His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, for what he described “the wise initiative, which shows the inclusive and caring society he wishes to build.”
Philippine Business Council – Qatar chairman Greg Loayon said: “The granting of permanent residency is a great testament to Qatar’s recognition of the people’s contribution towards its economy and society, and will serve to cement this relationship and integration as the country works towards achieving its long term vision.”
Prominent Doha-based Indian entrepreneur and former chairman of Birla Public School – Qatar, C V Rappai said Qatar’s recent decision to consider expatriates for permanent residency in the country would further contribute to national economic development.
K R Girish Kumar, former president of Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) said: “The permanent residency initiative is a highly remarkable one, a great move and a thoughtful decision from the country’s wise leadership. I congratulate and thank His Highness the Emir for this historic move.”
The ministry of interior will form a committee to assess and grant the ID cards in line with the provisions of the law. Qatar has a population of 2.47mn including some 300,000 citizens.