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Moving to Qatar

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 22, 2023

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to Qatar for its high quality of life, excellent job opportunities, and low cost of living. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Qatar are Doha, Al Khor, and Al Wakrah. People looking for a place to live in Qatar can search online for rental properties, contact real estate agents, or look for accommodation through their employer.

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What do I need to know before moving to Qatar?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Qatar, they said:

"Qatar is a rapidly developing country with a unique culture and customs. Expats should be aware that Qatar is a Muslim country and that Islamic laws and customs are strictly enforced. Expats should also be aware that Qatar has a hot and humid climate, with temperatures reaching up to 50°C in the summer months. It is important to dress modestly and respect local customs and traditions. Expats should also be aware that Qatar has a strict visa system and that they will need to obtain a valid visa before entering the country. Additionally, expats should be aware that English is widely spoken in Qatar, but Arabic is the official language. Finally, expats should be aware that Qatar has a high cost of living and that they should budget accordingly," explained one expat living in Qatar.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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