Living in Qatar
Life in Qatar is slow and calm, giving people enough time to spend with family, friends and indulge in a hobby. The quality of life here is considered to be very good. Qatar is also a very safe country with very low crime rates. Expats make up around 88% of working population in Qatar. This helps expats adjust to life in this new land comfortably.
The biggest problem people face in Qatar is the horrible way people drive. Surprisingly, expats are no exception to this crazy way of driving.
Expats who’ve lived in Qatar have had mixed experiences about living and working in this country.
Politics in Qatar
There are no political parties in Qatar. It is a constitutional monarchy. The head of the state is the Emir and the position is hereditary.
The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister is appointed by the Emir. There is also a council of ministers which is also appointed by the Emir.
Qatar has never had general elections. But that is about to change now. The first general elections were scheduled to be held in June 2013, but has been postponed to at least 2019. Citizens of Qatar, aged 18 and above are eligible to vote.
Economy in Qatar
Based on GDP ranking, Qatar has one of the largest economy in the world. As on 2017, Qatar is the richest country in the world based on per capita GDP.
Qatar has a primarily oil-based economy. Export of petrol and natural gas contributes to around 70% of the Government’s income. Qatar has the third largest natural gas reserve in the world.
Only business income in Qatar is taxable. Employees do not have to pay any tax. The rule applies to expats living and working in Qatar, too.
Buying or Renting Property in Qatar
Rents in Qatar is very high. Depending on where they’re from, expats may find the accommodation either very good or extremely disappointing. Since expats mostly move to Qatar for work, they’re usually provided accommodation by their employer.
The law in Qatar permits foreigners and expats to buy and rent property in specific areas of the country. On purchasing a property, you are automatically granted residency.
Read more about the Residency Permit Law in Qatar here.
Visa and Immigration in Qatar
Schools in Qatar
The quality of education in Qatar is considered to be very good. Education for residents of Qatar, private as well as public, is free. Considering the conservative nature of people in Qatar, schools in Qatar aren’t co-ed. There are separate schools for boys and girls.
The Government is very particular about the quality of education here and is constantly striving to improve.
There are a number of IB schools in Qatar. Expats prefer sending their children to these schools rather than the local ones.
If you are moving to Qatar with your children, use this list of IB schools to choose from.
Weather in Qatar
The weather in Qatar is primarily hot and arid. Summers are very long here, and last from May to September. The temperatures in summer is usually between 38 degrees to 45 degrees.
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