Heavy rush for driving lessons in Qatar

June 11, 2011

Qatar-based driving licence hopefuls are rushing to beat a July 31 deadline for the introduction of new rules requiring 50 hours of theoretical and practical lessons.

The rush began last month when the driving schools started admitting learners without no-objection certificates (NOCs) from their sponsors.

“We have a long waiting list due to the huge rush,” Adil Salem, the manager of Al Raya Driving School, said. “Since anyone who has a valid identity (ID) card and passes the eye test can register at driving schools, the rush for registration has been huge,” he told Qatari daily The Peninsula.

The average fee for the full course currently is QR2,100 ($577).
“We have plans to increase the fee in the future, but only after studying the situation after August 1,” the manager said.

The full course now consists of around 40 lessons, but from August 1 the number of lessons will be made 50, 15 in theory and 35 in driving.

However, those who hold non-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) driver’s licences can take 12 lessons, pay a fee of around QR1,200 ($330) and appear for the test. People holding licenses from a GCC country are entitled to claim a Qatari driver’s license directly.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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