Doha is the capital and largest city of the state of Qatar. Doha is Qatar's largest city, with over 80% of the nation's population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and is also the economic centre of the country. Qatar is a peninsula bordering the Arabian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. Arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers. Mostly flat and barren desert covered with loose sand and gravel. The official language is Arabic. English is widely understood and spoken by Qataris and the many south Asians who live and do business in the country. The main religion is Islam. Petroleum is the cornerstone of Qatar's economy and accounts for more than 70% of total government revenue. The security risk for expatriates in Qatar is low. Risks include very low levels of petty and opportunistic theft, burglary, robbery, fraud, corporate crime, and violent crime. There is also an underlying terrorism risk. Unaccompanied women can face verbal and physical harassment. Expatriates should be cautious not to offend Muslim sensibilities. The population in Doha is 1.6725 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.8% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Doha as at 1 October 2015 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. In Doha, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows: 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Very Low Doha is for example 7.5% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 81.4% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and -21.7% cheaper for transport costs than Athens. Doha is ranked as a some hardship location. Hardship (also know as quality of living) refers to the degree of hardship an expatriate and their family are likely to experience in the host location. Hardship pay is compensation to encourage people to move, in particular to less desirable locations. In determining the amount of hardship premium payable, factors such as economic, political, religious, infrastructure, environment/climate, personal safety, health, education, and transportation factors are considered. The hardship premium for Doha for an expat from Zurich is for example 10%, i.e. host location (Doha) premium of 20% minus home (Zurich) location premium of 10%. Xpatulator.com has been created to assist subscribers calculate expatriate pay using the online calculators and extensive database of cost of living and hardship indexes, for 780 international locations. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Doha? Register subscribe to your home location and Doha and run your personalised reports.