Whether you want a family-friendly apartment or a gated-community neighbourhood, Qatar has many options for expat families depending on your preferences.

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Professionals and their families from all over the world are relocating to Qatar, one of the world's wealthiest countries. There are an abundance of employment opportunities in construction, oil and gas, making Qatar a multicultural and wealthy country.

Hukoomi is the Qatar Government web-portal, and contains the necessary information and services you need to live, work or stay in Qatar. Here are a few of the key facts you need to know about moving to and living in Qatar.

Visa requirements

Essential information

Choosing Where to Live

If you are an expat moving to Qatar, accommodation will usually be recommended by your employer. This might be a high-rise apartment in the West Bay area, or there are villas available in gated communities called compounds. These neighbourhoods exist across Qatar, some withhundreds of villas and some have just a small handful.

Depending on the size and the price, the compounds may have amenities and facilities for residents, perhaps including swimming pools, gym facilities, or play areas for children. It is also important to note that some compounds are more sought after than others, so bear this in mind when researching.

Al Khor is becoming an increasingly popular area for families, especially those who enjoy water sports, being close to a number of beaches, and having a mix of stand alone villas and compounds.

Things to consider when selecting a property:


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