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Guide to living and working in Qatar

Housing and Accommodation in Qatar

Expats have two options of accommodation in Qatar; they can rent or buy property in particular areas of Qatar, especially West Bay Lagoon, The Pearl, and Al Khor. Most of the expatriates who are aiming to save some money; chose to rent an apartment near work. The majority of rental places (small villas and apartments) are located within compounds. They often have security, pools, tennis courts, and other facilities. Expat will be delighted with all areas in Qatar because all of them are modern in design. If you decide to rent high-quality unfurnished accommodation, you must pay the following per month: ($1500-2500) for a one bedroom apartment, ($2500-3000) for three bedrooms apartment, and ($4500+) for 4+ bedrooms villa. For the utilities, expats must know that air-conditioning is not often included in the rent and may be charged separately as part of the electricity bill. But, gas is usually included in the rent. If you run all your AC units all year round the bill will soon add up, so be careful not always to leave your AC switched on!"

Guide to living and working in Qatar

Healthcare in Qatar

Healthcare services in Qatar are the same as other GCC countries, which are very high quality and equal to that in Western Europe and the USA. Health services in Qatar are available in both public and private medical facilities that provide an excellent standard of care. Expats in Qatar in most cases should purchase private health insurance, comprehensive health insurance costs around $50 per month for regional coverage. Check exactly what your company is offering you as part of your package. Also, they must know that they have to pay for public healthcare, but prices are low. The American Hospital, Doha Hospital, Hamad Hospital, The Qatar Medical Centre are considered from the best hospitals in Qatar."

Guide to living and working in Qatar

Transportations in Qatar

Means of transportations in Qatar are so limited, especially the public one. Expats have no much options in this field, but the best choice here is the private car. There are many taxi companies which are available around the clock, expats may also book local Karwa taxis through the mobile application, but the main problem in using a taxi is its expensive fares. Taxis in Qatar are usually equipped with a meter. Fares start as from 4 QR with an additional charge of 1.2 QR for each kilometre. If anyone decided to use public transportation, he would find only the bus which comes in three types, the first type is the Karwa Bus, the second one is the West Bay Bus, and the third category is the Mathaf Bus. For using the Karwa Bus, he must buy Karwa Smartcard which is available as from RQ 30 at Ooredoo and Al-Ghanim bus station vending machines. For using Mathaf buses, you don’t pay anything because it's free of charge and available from Wednesday to Sunday. But for West Bay Bus it is available seven days a week from 6 am until midnight."

Guide to living and working in Qatar

Entertainment in Qatar

When it comes to entertainment, it must be mentioned that leisure and entertainment in Qatar are among the best aspects of life there. Expats can enjoy staying in Qatar by doing many things like outdoors activities which include desert safari and enjoy camel rides, food, drink, traditional music, henna for ladies, and sand sports. They can also visit Al Koot Fort ( goo.gl/d6TLg), The Museum of Islamic Art (http://www.mia.org.qa/en/), The Arab Museum of Modern Art (http://www.mathaf.org.qa/en/), Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (http://www.qrec.gov.qa/). Qatar also has a very child-friendly environment, with numerous playgrounds and several theme parks. All these comes along with huge shopping mall, restaurants, cinemas and a rich athletic environment full of sports clubs like Doha Golf Club (http://www.dohagolfclub.com/).""