Living in Qatar guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Qatar.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Qatar

Opening a bank account in Qatar

Do you wish to open a bank account in Qatar? What are the requirements? How to choose between banks and the kind of perks on ...

The health system in Qatar

Qatar invests more per capita in healthcare than any other GCC country. High quality free and low-cost treatment is available ...

Post COVID-19 changes in Qatar

Severely hit by the COVID-19 crisis, Qatar was quick to implement a series of measures to contain the pandemic. If you are ...

Find a job in Qatar

There are various ways to find a job in Qatar. You can start your job search on the internet and by viewing major firms operating ...

Buying property in Doha

Owning a property in Doha is one of the most crucial decisions any person could ever take. There are a lot of things to consider ...

Adjusting to the culture in Doha

Getting used to the local environment in Doha may take some time. When you foresee yourself settling in the Arabian Gulf on your ...

Developing your professional network in Doha

Doha isn't just about fun and places of interest. Discovering new people to learn and grow through professional networking is ...

Developing your social circle in Doha

The expat community in Doha bubbled in the past few years. Diverse individuals have created teeming ways to engage and develop ...

Discovering Doha

Being widely known as an Islam-dominated country, Qatar is also indeed a community of blended cultures and beliefs. There are ...

Eating out in Doha

Doha city is a never-ending fantasy for food lovers. Every year, the city is adding up new restaurants, and up to date, there are ...

Popular neighbourhoods in Doha

Moving to Doha might seem a bit intimidating to some expatriates. Knowing that Qatar is an Arab-dominated country, you might be ...

Sports in Doha

Presently, Qatar is preparing their eight grand stadiums for FIFA World Cup 2022, namely the Lusail, Al Bayt, Al Rayyan, Al ...

Student life in Doha

Doha university campuses are equipped with lavish and modern facilities that reflect the country's capabilities in supporting ...

Studying in Doha

Higher education in Qatar is highly valued and supported by the government. When the formal university began in 1973, it opened ...

The labour market in Doha

Doha, like the rest of Qatar, is a land of vast opportunities. Job offers are upheaving in spite of recent challenges. If this is ...

About Qatar

The State of Qatar, better known as Qatar, is found in the Middle East on the Persian Gulf peninsula. Stretching over some 11.586 km2, it stretches 160 km from north to south is 80 km wide. Qatar is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the South and Bahrain to the West and North-West. It is the 39th smallest nation in the world. Its capital city is Ad Dawha or Doha which is occupied by nearly 80% of the population.


In 2014, Qatar's population amounted to some 2.1 million inhabitants. The local Qatari population is relatively small. In fact, approximately 80% of residents in Qatar would be considered expatriates. Over half the residents in Qatar come from the Indian subcontinent alone (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal), but there is also a large community from the Philippines as well as other North African Arab nations (Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan) who make up a significant majority of the population. However, Qatar is a very diverse country, with residents from over 87 countries represented.

Qatar's official language is Arabic. However, English is the lingua franca here and is the bridge between all the different communities hosted in Qatar. Moreover, other languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Tamil and Nepalese are spoken by the various expatriate communities in the country.


Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world per capita with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of about 150 billion US dollars in 2016. Contrary to popular belief, Qatar's vast wealth does not come solely from oil but predominantly from the export of liquid natural gas. Qatar has the 3rd largest gas fields in the world. The country aims at becoming the leading global gas exporter in the coming years.

The government has and is creating opportunities to diversify the economy. Investment in financial services, higher education, and tourism are some of the key beneficiaries of Qatar's vision for 2030.

Qatar's sovereign wealth fund also makes a number of investments around the world to benefit future generations of Qataris.

Due to the current embargo by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the government has looked at a number of ways to reduce reliance on imported goods. This has led to a significant rise in the production of goods manufactured in Qatar.


Qatar is an emirate, that is, an absolute monarchy. Power is in the hands of the Al Thani royal family, who have been ruling since the declaration of independence in 1971. Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the current Emir of Qatar. The latter is also the head of the State and governs the country with the support of his family. Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani is the country's Prime Minister. An excellent guide to the power dynamics within the country and of other prominent tribes can be found here.


Freedom of expression in the written press is restrictive compared to what you may be familiar with in more democratic countries. As a conservative Muslim country, political beliefs are also intertwined with religious beliefs.


Qatar faces an arid climate with two seasons: the hot season and cool season. The hot season lasts from May to October, with temperatures ranging from 35°C and 40°C, even up to 50°C in July. Due to very high humidity, that is up to 90%, rainfall is quite scarce. You can only expect some 70 to 80mm per year. However, sandstorms are frequent and can occur at any time of the year.

During the cool season, which lasts from December to April temperatures vary between 22°C and 30°C. Nights are very pleasant and cool.

Quick Information

Capital : Doha
Official Languages : Arabic , Spanish; Castilian
Currency : Rial
Area : 11437 Km2
Population : 840926
Calling Code : +974
Timezone : Asia/Qatar

Qatar city guide

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