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RimanJ
10/31/2017 23:03 EST

My Husband and I and our 5 year old daughter are thinking to relocate to Mesaieed; he might have a job at the school there.
Can someone please advise on what to expect in terms of quality of life and living situation there

thank you greatly

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Clubjumanji
11/6/2017 02:20 EST

Hi there,
I don’t know the area but it is quite a way out of Doha itself. Your closest place to shop I think is Al Wakkrah. Also in Al Wakkrah you have lots of the usual well known fast food outlets. There’s also a lovely traditional souq there with some nice restaurants right next to the beach. Further south you have a hotel resort called sealine which is quite pleasant. The hotels in Doha itself are more glitzy and allow alcohol in the restaurants and bars and there are lots of supermarkets such as Carrefour, lulu’s, Megamart, Al Meera etc. Megamart also stock some tesco brands. I’m not sure sealine allows alcohol as it tends to be frequented by local people. Doha has pretty much something for every taste. There are lots of groups you can join to integrate yourself with things going on such as qatar expat woman which is great for people newly arrived or looking to live here. Qatar expat leaving sale is also good for buying second hand items. Furniture, cars etc. A good thing to get is the entertainer book or app, we have the app, it costs about £75 a year and gives you lots of vouchers, 2 for 1’s at restaurants, coffee shops, hotel stays etc. In Doha you have the Museum of Islamic art which is an outstanding and beautiful building. Souq Waqif which is very nice and a good place to eat. Right next to the souq you have the Emirs stables where you can go and see the horses. Theres also a falcon souq. There are also lots of Dhow trips that you can go on or take a walk along the very long corniche. As a woman you need to wear conservative dress, generally shoulders covered and below knee items or trousers. However that said there are always people that dress less conservatively. If you are going to a hotel in the West Bay area of Doha however, dress rules tend to be much more relaxed. There are loads of malls here and you could pretty much go to a different one everyday. The most popular are in Doha such as Festival City, next to Ikea, Villagio in Al Waab, Landmark, Gulf Mall and Qatar Mall up to the North East. You have M&S, Next, H&M, Zara, Monsoon, Boots, L’occitane, Molten brown, Neal’s yard, Bodyshop, Lush, Mac cosmetics etc. Even a Matalan plus lots of well known european outlets. Ladies usually use beaches at the hotels due to dresscode and can swim in bikinis etc. However it is quite pricey to do this. Maybe £60 a head. On Public beaches this is not allowed. There are however a couple of beaches which are less frequented where you might get away with a swim suit. I think the beach just outside Al Wakkrah is quite relaxed and there is one up near Al Khor. Also I think if you travel inland to the dead sea then you might be able to wear a swimsuit. If you have a choice for housing I would recommend perhaps living on a compound if you have children as it can be quite lonely otherwise. Also its a plus if the compound has sports facilities and a small shop. Qatar traffic is very busy and less polite compared to British roads or should I say different and it can take up to half an hour to drive a couple of km’s. However it might be much quieter in Mesaieed. So its handy to be very close to somewhere where you can buy milk etc. If you have to pay for a/c, water etc, I would suggest a smaller villa as temperatures from May to mid October can be into the 50’s and you will have your a/c on permanently which can be very pricey. Also closer to the coast the weather is a little more humid. Most things can be bought out here, western items tend to be more expensive whereas local items such as spices, rice etc are very cheap. I tend to stock up on a few things when I go back to the UK such as cosmetics and toiletries plus some cooking items. Also the water can be quite harsh on hair and skin, so a good thing to invest in is a blue shower head which has a filter to soften the water. We bought ours from Geant in Al Waab, but a lot of chemists sell them. Overall Qatar is a lovely place to live, the Qataris are exceptionally lovely people and very Western in their mindset compared to other Gulf places. I would definately recommend living here, however would suggest you do your homework and decide whether you feel its right for you and your expectations. I hope this has helped. We love living here and have even brought our dog from the UK.
Good luck,
Jeanette.

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