Five years after moving into its current building, the Indian embassy in Qatar is now searching for a new home.
According to the Gulf Times, the embassy has posted an advertisement seeking “a large and modern premises” with separate entrances for people visiting the consular and labor departments.
The posting also states that there should be enough space for 100 cars to park nearby, and for 10 vehicles to park at the embassy itself.
Speaking to the newspaper, a senior embassy official said that the West Bay/Dafna area, already home to many embassies, is under consideration.
Indians comprise the largest demographic in Qatar, with some 631,000 nationals living here, according to figures released in March during the Emir’s visit to New Delhi.
The embassy outgrew its former premises in Al Hilal in 2010, and moved to a larger villa in the area then.
According to the Gulf Times, more than 500 people visit the embassy each day, and long lines are commonly observed.
Over the past seven months, the labor and community welfare section of the embassy has received a total of 2,402 complaints, or about 343 complaints a day, officials said during the mission’s latest open house this week.
That puts the embassy on track to hear more complaints this year than last, when it clocked 3,943.