Living in Doha Qatar
Working/Business Hours in Qatar
The working week in Qatar is generally from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being off. However, few businesses are closed on Friday, with just half-a-day on Thursday.
The government offices work between 6am and 2pm, while commercial offices work in two shifts – the first from 7.30am to 12noon, and next from 3.30am to 7.30pm, although this may vary. A change in timings is likely during the holy month of Ramadan, particularly in government offices, with lesser work hours. Change in working hours is also likely in few commercial offices also. Banks are open from 7.30am to 1pm, although few branches, particularly those located in shopping centers open in the evenings.
Major shopping malls open from 10am to 10pm, while majority of them close on Friday mornings. The timings for independent shops vary, but are generally from 8am to 12.30pm, and then from 4pm to 9pm. Several shops are closed on Fridays. During Ramadan, the commercial shops shut down during breaking of the fast, just after sunset, and open late in the evening.
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