Based around on-the-ground realities, Living
in... Qatar covers the country’s history,
its culture, the best way to prepare a move, the
subtle nuances of daily life and social
attitudes, the availability of housing, the
different education systems as well as tried and
tested recommendations for select shopping,
dining and entertainment options
|What makes Qatar
The State of Qatar is a
challenging and charming country for its residents –
visitors and nationals alike – and the aura surrounding
this part of the world is still a mystery to many.
Just a few years ago
Qatar was relatively unknown, yet today it is a famous
country of almost unimaginable economic growth rates.
Qatar is now “on the map”
for quite a few reasons. To start with, thanks to its
formula for economic success Qatar has become the
foreign direct investment capital of the Middle East.
The country boasts the world’s third largest reserves of
oil and natural gas, and it has one of the highest per
capita GDPs, not only among the GCC countries, but also
in the world. Qatar’s capital and largest city, Doha, is
a hub of educational excellence and the country’s
economic centre. Moreover, Qatar excels in improving
telecommunication services and is the birthplace of the
controversial Aljazeera Satellite Channel. Finally, it
still presents itself as a calm and serene environment,
despite the expansion and the development of new
Coming to Qatar
last sixty years the Qataris have been propelled
from pearl divers and Bedouins struggling to survive,
to citizens of one of the richest nations on Earth.
how they managed to forge a cohesive nation, with a
unique national spirit and identity, social customs
and traditions, in chapters 1, History; and 2, Quick
are looking for moving companies and other useful
tips, check out chapter 3, Moving.
a fairly cheap country to live in (with the
exception of rent). The government
does not charge high fees for most utilities such as
water, electricity and home phone lines. Read more
in chapters 5, Housing; and 7, Utilities and
Law regulates the Islamic legal system. To know in
advance all legal issues you may face (from visas to
licenses) go to chapter 4, Legal Matters.
has hardly any taxes. For money-related issues, go
directly to chapter 9, Finances.
offers an excellent studying environment in its
schools, colleges and institutions. The private
schools are mostly designed in accordance with the
French, UK and US systems, as chapter 11, Education,
care in Qatar is heavily subsidized. For details on
health insurance, doctors, hospitals etc., refer to
chapter 12, Health Care.
no specific means of public transport in Doha, apart
from the affordable taxi service (chapter 8,
Transport). In fact, most residents of Qatar own
private cars (chapter 7, Driving).
explore the natural environment of Qatar by taking
an exciting desert safari; relax at the many beaches
and pools; or enjoy your favorite sport, be it
bowling, golf or ice skating. Living in Qatar can be
great fun, as the country also hosts a wide range of
sporting events. There is something for everyone in
chapters 13, Leisure and Sport; and 15, Out and