A colleague and I were armed for our second attempt at obtaining a Qatar drivers license. We had all of our weapons aligned – newly signed letters, photocopies of every possible identification, originals of everything, and our eye tests ready.

We jumped in a taxi and headed out to the traffic department.

Entering with trepidation and our fingers crossed, we hoped that this time we would get what we came for.

We were handed a number and waited for only a few seconds before being called up to the counter. The lady reviewed the paperwork, removed the English copies and other bits that were not needed, asked for a photo and payment, and my colleague’s license was printed before my paperwork had been completely processed.

We exited, licenses in hand, and smiles on our faces. Success!

Total time: 10 minutes.

And that folks, is how the system is supposed to operate!