Does anybody know how the market is in Qatar?
What are the most important languages there? If a person holds a master's degree in conference interpreting and speaks Arabic, English, Spanish, Portuguese and possibly one more language, would they need to do another job alongside interpreting?
I look forward to your responses.
There is only one AIIC member in Qatar, who is only an associate member, which speaks volumes about the little work there must be in the conference segment. Not to mention the hurdle of getting a visa and work permit without an employer sponsoring you, also knowing that you can't just hop from one employer/client to another without having been previously released (No Objection Certificate).
Choosing the place of employment is a luxury we seldom have. Hence, I'd take the question in reverse: what are your (active and passive) languages, where will you train, and where will the combination of the two allow you to find work?
AR<>EN would work for the UN if you manage to get a foot into the door. To maybe get there, you should study in Geneva (or Paris), which requires at least some French. The same combination could be useful in North America (all types of interpreting). Try to get in touch with former Glendon (York University) graduates to find out what they've become.
Universities (Bilkent and Hacettepe) are providing a steady supply of graduates. One university only offers the MA CI every other year to avoid training too many people... knowing that this year, they only have two students. In a nutshell: Tiny market. And you wouldn't be competitive with a mere TR C. Would a TR B even be in demand?
Germany without German might be a tad difficult.
I'm no great expert on Arabic markets but in the absence of other answers let me say the following... I very much doubt that there is a market big enough to support conference interpreters in a small place like Qatar alone. You will have to travel across the Middle East, or the world. And the AR market in the Middle East will almost certainly be AR-EN in both directions (perhaps also AR-FR). The other languages are most likely non-existent, occasionally useful at best.