Living in Qatar isn’t like what many people imagine. I can’t deny that I also used to have a wrong idea when I was informed to mobilise here.
I will share my experience from living here almost 12 years for both pros and cons.
Yes, you are not mishearing. Every penny you earned here is Tax-Free unless you have to pay the income tax to your home country, i.e. US citizen. Luckily I don’t have to pay the fee to Thailand. But recently the burden of tobacco and alcohol has implied. That’s it; the consumable products remain the same price. Most of luxuries products price here is lower than in many countries.
Very fewer burglaries:
Based on my own experience, the first year in our staff accommodation got burglarised; the DVD player and Athena receiver were taken. A year later I moved out and had my own apartment, I forgot and left my door open for 2 days once I returned home then realised that I didn’t close the door. I urged to search for the missing belonging, but none was taken. I haven’t got a steal. I lost my iPhones several times due to my forgetful habit, I always got them back.
The income rate:
The salary base is higher than in EU and the Middle East: Base on the recent analysis of Numbeo report in the year 2018. The percentage of employment is higher, and so does income. The cost of living may vary, base on the local product and manufacturing.
While many countries face with the US Dollar currency fluctuations, Qatar still remains fixed rate with 3.65 Qatar Riyal to 1 US Dollar.
Due to Qatar posses the third most natural gas resource and the first rank in the refinery in the World. Therefore, the price rate of gasoline is cheaper than the global market.
The city growth rate is significant raises:
Qatar is now constructing infrastructures spreading overall the country. The large metro project-wide, highways spreading to all sub-urban as well as the new HIA airport leads to the expansion of the city rapidly. All infrastructures construction is the core aims to support the upcoming World Cup 2022 that Qatar will host. Hopefully, I will still here to watch the World Cup (crossed fingers).
Now I’m talking about the disadvantages.
As we know how cruel and severe of the heat in the Summer. The high temperature hits 50°C during day time causes the dehydration and heat stroke. But no worries, we are still surviving. How? Well, we keep staying and continue our activities indoor, avoiding exposure to the sun. The summer here is from May – October.
You may have another question, what’s about the people who have to work outdoors.
Once the temperature reaches 40°C, the government will announce a notification enforces all people and organisations to follow that working outdoor during daytime is prohibited. They will have to divide into nightshift. So they are working at night. For any necessary or urgent case may request for approval to operate at daytime. Besides the heat, you must also be aware of unpredictable duststorm as well as sandstorm that occur overall the year. Once it comes, it could lift a small tree, or in the worst case that it used to happen, it lifted cars. Yes, you didn’t misread. Anyway, the weather in winter (November – April) is pretty good.
The timing during Ramadan:
Actually, it’s not a disadvantage. I’m telling a story that it’s more difficult for you to find an open restaurant during the daytime. All shops and restaurants are closed and will reopen again after sunset. The working time is 6 hours per day; so if you have something to liaise with the government entities, you must expect the delay. The supermarkets and groceries have a specific opening time that you can buy, but you can’t try or eat all the food (it’s about religious).
If you are such a nightlife or party person, there are limited places that allow you to drink. Either at your home or in a pub (in a hotel) where has the permit to sell alcohol (you have to finish the drink inside, bringing out from the place are not allowed).
All the above are just what I can recall now. However, it depends on you and your lifestyle that how you can manage and adjust to being flexible, then you can live most of the places in this world. I told you in the previous post that the happiness depends on you.
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