Posted on October 03, 2013

With between 10,000 and 12,000 expatriates relocating to Qatar every month, Commercial Bank, one of the leading full service banks in Qatar, has launched a wide-ranging initiative to help these new arrivals feel at home.

A significant stress associated with moving to a new country is opening a bank account.  Without it, new arrivals cannot deposit a salary, acquire a credit card, take out a loan, rent an apartment, or even use an ATM for free. Commercial Bank’s “Life in Qatar” initiative is designed to ease the burden of moving, helping customers not only open a bank account before they come to Qatar, but also assist with many of the other hurdles expatriates face when moving.


With Commercial Bank’s “Life in Qatar” initiative,expatriates can open a bank account online before arrival, remit money to cover initial expenses and discover essential information about Qatar via Commercial Bank’s dedicated “Life in Qatar” website, [at].

The “Life in Qatar” service provides customers with their Commercial Bank debit card upon arrival and helps them get connected with a free phone and SIM card. Customers will also receive hotel discounts on their first two nights in Doha and new Sadara customers will have a private airport transfer arranged for them from the airport to their destination of choice.

“Life in Qatar” benefits continue long after arrival, as customers receive 30% discounts on weekly car rentals and two free online international transfers when utility bills are paid online. Customers can also unwind with discounts at the B/Attitude Spa in Doha.

Speaking at a Commercial Bank presentation that was recently held for senior HR professionals, Dean Proctor, Executive General Manager of Retail and Consumer Banking said: “Expatriates are always looking for ways to call Doha home and Commercial Bank can help them to feel at ease before and after they arrive with the range of benefits provided by our ‘Life in Qatar’initiative.”