Earlier, I was browsing the net looking for a the schedule of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when I saw this at The Peninsula Qatar. So i checked the whole article and saw the photo at the bottom of the online newspaper. The article mainly discussed the uninterrupted changes in Qatar Labor Law. The most recent is the abolition of the NOC or "No Objection Certificate". This makes continuous noise especially for Expatriates. It is one of the predominant issues nowadays, and It's actually timely for me (ha rhar!).
According to the article, there are so many speculations, and "If the rumours turn out to be true, the new sponsorship law or labour law will make it easier for many expatriates to switch jobs. The much-criticized exit permit will also be scrapped. Skilled workers and professionals will no longer be required to obtain a no-objection certificate from their employer to take up a new job, provided they get clearance from a competent government body or the Ministry of Labor. "
Human Rights Watch’s Middle East Consultant, Nicholas McGheehan, told The Peninsula, - “We hope Qatar would take the lead for reforms…. We are optimistic because of our working relationship. We hope ultimately the reform is going to be visible. Some basic reforms will lay the foundation for substantial reforms,” Changing the sponsorship law would ultimately benefit Qatar, McGheehan said. “We can’t say abolish ‘kafala’ (sponsorship) system overnight; it’s impossible. It’s a deep-rooted system. What we need is the state to take a step forward.” We would like to see a time frame for whatever reforms are put in place. We understand the reform will be an incremental process. We want things to move step by step. Start with the easy things, like the exit permit system, which is doable, practical. And there is no reason why it would impact the commercial community,”
So, the NOC abolition is still "on the loose" (parang kriminal lang hahaha!) But most people say, Qatar Law is slightly behind compare to other GCC Countries, though i don't think it's really far behind. Anyway, let's just wait for the next step by Qatar Government. For now, Let's just take a look on this comparison between GCC states: