Qater Ambassador Ahmed Mohamed Al-Dehaimi inaugurates the first Qatar Visa Center (QVC) in Bangladesh at a function in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: BP

Staff Correspondent
The State of Qatar has become one of the favorite destinations of Bangladeshi Work Forces as the laws in Qatar are set to assure all necessary comforts, facilities and securities for the expatriates.
Opening Qatar visa centers in Bangladesh shall be a big step forward in this regard as it will provide all visa related services with first class medical examinations facility and other travel assistances without any cost for all visitors wishing to travel to the State of Qatar. Qater Ambassador in Bangladesh Ahmed Mohamed Al-Dehaimi made those remarks while inaugurating the first Qatar Visa Center (QVC) in Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.
“These visa centers will reduce the sufferings of the visitors and ensure transparency in visa procedures, and that is in line with the Qatar’s Vision – 2030,” he said.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employments Minister Nurul Islam Bsc, Head of Diplomatic Missions and other higher officials of both countries were also present on the occasion.
The State of Qatar, inhabited by nearly 350,000 Bangladeshis mostly workers, has established the Visa Center making it obligatory for workers to sign work contracts and undergo medical test at Qatar Visa Center, Qatar higher officials said .
As thousands of workers fly to Qatar every year, the visa service has been introduced to make their immigration more rewarding and systematic, they said.
Located conveniently at the 11th Floor of Rupayan Trade Center at 114, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, of Bangla motor, Dhaka, the visa center is equipped with state-of-the-art biometric enrollment & medical test facility. The visa center is designed in line with international standards ensuring greater transparency, traceability and increased security for the visa applicants.
The center operates between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday. The Center’s medical test service is provided by Stemz Health care, a visa-related medical services company. Some of the key medical tests to be conducted at the center include blood tests, x-ray, visual assessments, and physical examinations. The operations are backed by a team of highly qualified healthcare professionals with internal systems and processes based on the latest medical standards and best practices. Qatar Visa Center maintains robust multi-lingual information services for the benefit of visa applicants across multiple touch points. Information on appointment scheduling, requirements and steps at the visa center can be found in English, Bangla and Arabic through a dedicated website (http://www.qatarvisacenter.com), call center helpline +88 09 666 777 101, email Info.bgd@qatarvisacenter.com and walk-in at the reception. The Qatar Visa Center is operated by SQ Services Ltd., a partner of Biomet Services Pte.
Headquartered in Singapore, Biomet Services is a visa processing and biometric enrollment solutions company providing administrative outsourcing services to client governments.
Under the agreement with Ministry of Interior, the State of Qatar, the company is also mandated to open Qatar Visa Centers in Indonesia, Philippines, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Tunisia in addition to Bangladesh.