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Moving to Doha, Qatar

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 22, 2023

Summary: Expatriates are drawn to Doha, Qatar for its booming economy, tax-free salaries, and modern infrastructure. The city is also known for its vibrant culture, with a variety of international restaurants, shopping malls, and entertainment venues. Additionally, Doha is home to a number of world-class universities and research centers, making it an attractive destination for those seeking educational opportunities. Before moving to Doha, it is important to be aware of the country's strict laws and regulations. Qatar is a Muslim country, and visitors should be respectful of local customs and traditions. Additionally, the climate in Doha is hot and humid, so it is important to be prepared for the heat. Finally, expats should be aware that English is not widely spoken in Qatar, so it is important to learn some basic Arabic before arriving.

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What do I need to know before moving to Doha?

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

"Before moving to Doha, expats should be aware of the country's strict laws and regulations. It is important to familiarize yourself with the local culture and customs, as well as the dress code. Expats should also be aware of the hot climate and the need to stay hydrated. Additionally, expats should research the cost of living in Doha, as it is generally more expensive than other parts of the world. Finally, expats should make sure to obtain the necessary visas and permits before arriving in Qatar," remarked one expat who made the move to 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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