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Living in Qatar

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 09, 2024

Summary: The population of Qatar is approximately 2.7 million people. The largest cities in Qatar are Doha, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Umm Salal Muhammad, and Al Rayyan. Expats love living in Qatar for its modern infrastructure, excellent healthcare system, and low crime rate. People describe life in Qatar as luxurious, comfortable, and safe. Qatari cuisine is a mix of Middle Eastern and Indian flavors. Popular dishes include machboos (spiced rice with meat), harees (wheat porridge with meat), and balaleet (sweet vermicelli with egg). The cons of living in Qatar include the hot and humid climate, the lack of nightlife, and the restrictions on alcohol. The average cost of living for an expat is around $2,000 to $3,000 per month. This includes rent, utilities, groceries, transportation, and entertainment.

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What do I need to know about living in Qatar?

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

"Before retiring in Qatar, expats should be aware of the country's strict laws and regulations. It is important to research the local culture and customs to ensure a smooth transition. Expats should also be aware of the cost of living in Qatar, as it is generally higher than in other countries. Additionally, expats should be aware of the climate in Qatar, as it can be very hot and humid during the summer months. Finally, expats should ensure that they have the necessary visas and permits to retire in Qatar," said one expat who made the move to Qatar.

"If you move to the Middle East learn to chill out. Nothing happens quickly. If you ask for something to be done find out when. Their sense of time is really very different from what we are use to in North America. Yah, Yah, Yah does not mean anytime soon," explained one expat living in Doha, 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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