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Open University Degrees (UK) (Doha)

Just before arriving as a dependent, I found that Qatar no longer accepts qualifications from the Open University in the UK, with whom I have a degree. No reasons given, and OU were as surprised as I am but have since issued a statement confirming that Qatar is refusing to recognise their degrees.

This comes a a big problem for me, as a male dependent I can't simply work under my wife's sponsorship (although I understand my wife could work under my sponsorship), and without a degree I'm assuming it will be next to impossible to secure a visa in my own right?

Does anybody know the actual rules on degrees and visas here, because I need to understand the situation properly in order to make an informed decision whether to cut my losses and begin looking elsewhere for work for both my wife and I.