After a full 18 months, he took legal action against the club last February -- a full 18 months, he says, after El Jaish had to pay him the amount stated in the five-year contract he stated in 2010.
But he was loaned out to a second division team, Al Markhiya, in 2011 and says has not received any money since.
El Jaish declined comment.
Over the last three weeks, CNN approached a number of legal experts in the country and in the Middle East to discuss whether the justice system in the Gulf state treats foreign workers who are stuck in the country because of legal disputes differently to Qatari nationals. None were willing to talk about the matter on the record.
"These types of cases are unfortunately all too common in their use of exit visas to control movement," said one of Chatham House's Middle East experts Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.
"Again, the Qatari employer often is perceived (not inaccurately) as being 'above the law' and certainly has privileges and a degree of protection against expatriate workers.
"The court system is slow and foreign workers face problems of language in navigating the procedural pathways, so these all add greatly to the delays in settling issues through the court."
No culture of negotiation
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one soccer coach who worked at a high level in Qatar, but has now returned to Europe, said professionals "stepped into an unpredictable story" when they agreed to work in the country.
The coach experienced his own problems with a CEO and claims that there is "no culture of negotiating" when it comes to business in Qatar.
The people I worked with were very correct and nice. I think the problem is situated at the top. There has never been a culture of negotiating," he said.
"Real people are authentic, but the manager I worked with was not. I wanted to earn my living according to my qualities and with the guarantee I could affect the Qatar society in a positive way.
"The moment you want to address a real problem, the CEO is no longer available. He protects his position by replacing the critical staff, and will exclude you to get in touch with the top Qatari."
Belounis isn't the only football professional who has been left in limbo in Qatar.
French football coach Stephane Morello -- has been been unable to leave Qatar since losing his job nearly four years ago.
He first moved to the country to work with the Qatar National Olympic Committee and was given the role of first-team coach at the Al Shahanyia club.
The following season he worked at Al Shamal before being relieved of his duties with five months of his contract still remaining.
Morello alleges that he is still owed outstanding wages from the period July 12, 2008 to October 21, 2008 and June 1, 2009 to July 25, 2010.
He has since held meetings with various lawyers, human rights groups and even met French President Francois Hollande in June.
When contacted for a response to Morello's allegations, the Qatar National Olympic committee declined comment.
So for the 52-year-old, who is married with six children, the wait goes on.
According to Morello, his contract included being paid $6,000, a house to live in, a car and five return flights from Doha to Bordeaux, France.
"I asked the Olympic Committee to pay me for the remainder of my contract but they refused," he told CNN.
"They also refused to let me end my stay and give me airline tickets to return to France.
"I did eventually receive the sum in early 2011 but I had no valid documents, I did not receive any answer to my requests for a visa renewal and am unable to work as a result.
"I don't have a salary and because I can't obtain a letter from the sponsor it means I am helpless to pay for the education of my three children."
The French government is now trying to get Morello out of Qatar.
"The embassy and officials are fully mobilized to negotiate with Qatari authorities but that the process takes time," Romain Nadal, a French foreign ministry spokesman told CNN of Morello's case.
"They are well aware of the situation and they are trying to find a solution for each case."
The case of Belounis will at least give Morello reason for optimism.
Belounis has already begun selling his furniture in anticipation of his departure -- a moment which he thought would never come.
"I probably won't believe it until I hold the exit visa," he added.
"It has been a nightmare -- but there has always been hope."