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Expat Life

With such a large expat population in Qatar, there are an abundance of blogs and forums with advice for new residents. Whether you have questions about work, education, home life, or entertainment, there will be support advice available from other expats online.

The Expat Family Home

Whether you live in a family-sized apartment or a villa within a compound, the standard of living for expat families is high, as is the cost of living. This will usually be reflected in your salary and relocation allowance.

Living in a compound is one option and has many advantages. Compounds are ready-made communities with colleagues, other families and school friends close at hand.

Local Customs and Culture

Both men and women should dress modestly when in public, including while driving. Women should cover their shoulders to their elbows and avoid wearing short skirts. Any intimacy in public between men and women (including between teenagers) can lead to arrest.

Muslims pray five times a day and the Mosques call people to pray through a speaker system. Be aware that drivers, who are not close to a Mosque, may stop at a convenient lay-by to pray privately.

Food, Drink and Entertainment

There are many hotels and restaurants to suit all tastes in the city as well as members-only clubs, such as rugby and golf clubs.There are large shopping malls with many of the popular and recognised high-street brands for weekend shopping and entertainment.

There are a few customs and traditions to be aware of when socialising in Qatar:

Advice and Support

You will find lots of information and advice online for expats in Qatar and Doha. If you have any questions about relocating your family, finding a suitable school or queries about accommodation or neighbourhoods then please do contact us for advice.


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