22Sep 2020
Last Updated : 19 December 2018

Living in Doha Qatar

Cost of Living in Doha Qatar

The cost of living in Qatar, or in any place for that matter, largely depends on your lifestyle and where you come from. Qatar is not a very expensive place to live in, and the government does not charge a lot on several things including electricity, water, and home phone lines. Qatar hardly imposes taxes.

Salary and Employment Benefits in Doha Qatar

Salaries in Qatar are more or less similar to that in western nations. But, given the lack of personal taxation, net income is usually higher, and this is one of the major attractions of working in Qatar.

Employment Contract Validity and Changing Jobs

Before accepting a job offer in Qatar, ensure that you get a copy of the employment contract, as you are bound to meet the terms on the written contract. On the other hand, it is also possible that you may not receive what you expect in case it is not included in the contract. Therefore, you will have to study every detail mentioned in the contract and negotiate the details.

General Laws and Regulations in Doha Qatar

Before planning a trip to any destination, it is important to know that you should not break the law of the country at any point of time, else, even the embassy may not be able to assist you. For this, it would be wise to keep yourself updated about the basic laws in the destination that you plan to visit or reside in. Here are some basic laws followed in the State of Qatar.

Ramadan in Qatar – some facts residents should be aware of
Ramadan is the holiest month in Islamic Calendar, and fasting is an important element of the month, with Muslims abstaining from eating or drinking from dawn until sunset during the month. It should be mentioned here that the month is also a spiritual time with focus on charity, fasting and good deeds.

Labour Laws in Qatar

Qatar may seem to be a small country by size, but, in commercial terms it is a rising giant. The Labour Law in Qatar offers a body of laws outlining legal rights, restrictions and obligations of employees and employers. Potential job seekers in Qatar need to be aware that according to Qatari Labour Law, an employee will have to obtain employer's permission (exit permit) to leave Qatar.

Business Laws - how to start a business in Qatar?

Just as in any other country, Qatar has its own specific guidelines and requirements about foreign nations operating in this country. There are adequate services in Qatar for legal, financial matters, tax matters, business counselling, company background checks and feasibility studies. Professional experts are available for any professional advice in such matters.

Marriage Laws and Expat Marriages in Qatar

Getting married is not a very complicated process in comparison to several other procedures in Qatar. However, it may require few trips to embassies, photocopying, digging out certificates, and the usual passport-sized photographs.

Retirement age in Qatar

Qatari nationals employed by the government are eligible to receive a state pension at the age of 60. But, the pension amount will be dependent on the last drawn salary of the employee at the time of retirement. The social allowance benefits are given based on their social needs.

Weekend activities in Doha Qatar

Listed here are some popular weekend getaways and activities in Qatar. You could choose any interesting activity to relax and bond with friends and family.

Dress code for women and men in Qatar

Although Qatar clothing has changed over the years, Qataris are proud of their clothing, and traditional clothes are worn with pride on daily basis. Qatar is an Islamic country, and people dress in a very traditional manner.

Qatar Taxi Fares and Tips

The taxi service in Qatar is monitored by Mowasalat, the national transport company that operates the buses, taxis and limousine service, under the Karwa banner.

Emergency Phone Numbers

Police, Fire, Ambulance – 999

Telephone Directory - 180

Kahramaa – 991

Christian Churches in Doha Qatar

List of Christian churches in Qatar - Catholic, Anglican, Syrian Orthodox, Jacobite, Syro Malabar, Baptist, Marthomite, Gospel Pentecostal, CSI and Brethren church locations and contact details.

Annual Public Holidays in Qatar

There are two major religious celebrations in Qatar – Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha, and these are also the major public holidays.

Working Time and Business Hours in Qatar

The working week in Qatar is generally from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday and Saturday being off. However, few businesses are closed on Friday, with just half-a-day on Thursday.

Driving License in Doha Qatar

You have to pay a nominal fee and register for the test. The test has four parts - an oral round for the road and traffic signs, the L-Parking, the pocket parking and the actual road test. Each of these tests is a pre-requisite to enter the next one. But, if you have passed one, you need not repeat it. The tests are done on manual transmission cars, with nearly four people in the car, taking turns to drive.

Newspapers in Doha Qatar

English and Arabic Newspapers in Qatar

Television Channels in Doha Qatar

English and Arabic TV Channels in Qatar

Cinemas and Movie Theatres in Qatar

Qatar has a good selection of cinemas, majority of which, show films in English (with subtitles in Arabic), apart from Arabic. There are also Hindi and Tamil films being screened, and majority of the Indian films are shown in Gulf Cinema.

Night Life in Doha Qatar

Nightlife in Qatar may not appear very fascinating as in the western world as far as tourists are concerned. There are restrictions and regulations during night in Qatar too, just as in other Arabian nations.

Courtesy : onlineqatar.com

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