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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 14, 2022

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Qatar. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Qatar?

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How do I meet people in Qatar?

When we asked people living in Qatar about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"There are just too many to list. I joined one of the many Dive Clubs they offer and learned to scuba. I did 40 dives," added another person in Doha.

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What is life like in Qatar?

When we asked people living in Qatar what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"At that time, the open air markets were wonderful. I don't know if they still exist. Shopping was probably the most popular thing people did for entertainment. There were also many "club" activities which required membership of some sort," said another retiree in living in Doha, Qatar.

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What do I need to know before retiring in Qatar?

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

"Explore and then join a club or some organization where you could meet a wide diversity of people from many other countries," added another person in Doha.

"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," remarked another retiree in Doha.

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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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