Living and Working in Qatar: What to Expect?

With a growing economy, Qatar is one of the most sought-after job destinations for job seekers across the world. Every year, thousands of expats from different parts of the world enter Qatar to search for jobs and start a new life. If you too are thinking of shifting and hoping to get a job in Qatar soon, this article will help you plan the movement smoothly. Read on.


Economy & Job Market in Qatar

Qatar has one of the biggest oil and natural gas reserves in the world and largely contributes to the country’s economy. Therefore, it goes without saying that there is no dearth of oil & gas jobs in Qatar. Also, more jobs mean more growth opportunities which make Qatar a job destination of choice for qualified and experienced professionals related to the sector.

With the Qatari government trying its best to diversify the country’s economy, there are many new sectors that have emerged in the last few years. In addition to the oil & gas sector, other sectors such as power, healthcare, infrastructure, real estate, education, finance & banking, transportation & logistics, information technology and tourism have also become important contributors to Qatar’s economy.

Therefore, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that making a career in Qatar will be a highly lucrative decision, especially for those related to the above-mentioned sectors.

Also Read: Engineering Jobs in Qatar: Scope and Employment Prospects


Accommodation in Qatar

Accommodation in Qatar for expats ranges from individual villas to housing compounds and apartments. The type of accommodation you get majorly depends on the employer as it is usually included in the compensation package. However, the compounds are the most sought-after options among expats with families as these provide a very safe and secure public space for the residents. Being in the company of other expats makes it easy to make new friends in the country.

Apart from living in the compounds, renting in is another option expats can consider. Qatar offers great options such as luxurious stand-alone villas which are equipped with all modern amenities as well as fully-furnished luxury apartments of all sizes.


Cost of Living in Qatar

Getting a job in Qatar is a lucrative option as it is one of the richest countries, not just in the Gulf region but across the world. It is also one of the countries with the highest GDP and per capita income, which means the country offers a high standard of living. .

Accommodation is one of the major expenses and expats are usually bound to fall prey to landlords asking for exorbitantly high rents. However, as mentioned earlier, this expense is usually covered by the employers as a lucrative housing allowance and is provided as a part of the compensation package to the expats.

If you are moving with children, education is another expense that needs to be taken care of. Most employers do provide education allowance to their expat employees moving with families. Therefore, do understand the terms and conditions carefully before accepting a job offer, as quality education is an expensive affair in Qatar.

Apart from this, traveling is affordable as the petrol prices are cheap and so is renting a car or hiring a driver. Additionally, the cost of groceries varies as the familiar food brands are expensive. However, buying local fruits, vegetables and fish is comparatively cheaper.


Education in Qatar

The education provided by public schools in Qatar is free; however, most expats send their children to private international schools. The reason being the curriculum at private international schools is at par with the international standards of school education.

The good news is that there is no dearth of good private schools in Qatar. Listed below are some of the top schools, expats can consider for their children:

‎✔  Swiss International School of Qatar

‎✔  ACS Doha International School

‎✔  SEK International School Qatar

‎✔  American School of Doha

‎✔  Qatar International School


Healthcare in Qatar

Qatar offers both public and private healthcare options to the expats. The public healthcare system is managed by the Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), a government-run, non-profit organization that runs 5 hospitals and 24 primary healthcare centers in Qatar. The HMC offers healthcare services to Qatar nationals and expats (who have a health card) at highly subsidized prices. However, since public healthcare is cheap, it is most likely that you will have to wait in long queues for any kind of treatment or health checkup.

Additionally, Qatar also has excellent private healthcare facilities, but these are not covered under the public healthcare system and hence are more expensive. However, the healthcare for expats is usually covered by the employers as a part of their compensation package. If it is not included, expats must negotiate with the employers to include the healthcare component in the offer letter.


Basic Information About Qatar
Religion Islam
Language Arabic (Official), English (Widely Spoken)
Currency Qatari Riyal (QAR)
Climate Subtropical dry, hot desert climate with high temperatures during summer, mildly cool winters, and low annual rainfall.

With a growing economy and a bright future, one can say that people looking for jobs in Qatar will be welcomed with lucrative employment opportunities and a great lifestyle.


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About Megha Raizada

Megha Raizada is a professional writer with a keen interest in the global job market. She loves to keep a track of everything interesting happening around the globe. When not writing or browsing the Internet, you will find her creating furniture out of used tires.

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