Qatar is a peninsula bordering the Arabian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. The climate is arid with mild and pleasant winters and very hot and humid summers. 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. In Qatar expatriates are required to dress conservatively by covering arms and legs, this is applicable to both men and women. Expatriate business dress is generally a suit and tie for men, while women should wear a modest cotton or linen dress that covers both arms and legs. 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 currency of Qatar is the Qatari Rial (QAR) which is fixed to the US dollar. Banking is on a par with that of Western Europe and North America. Medical facilities are good, however the cost of treatment for expatriates can be high. Proof of insurance or the means to settle any medical fees is generally required before treatment is provided. Emergency medical treatment is excellent but can be expensive. The population of Qatar is 2.2 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 0.2% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Qatar, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Qatar as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: Very Low Qatar is for example -4% cheaper than USA for groceries, 85.7% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 33% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Qatar for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Qatar) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Qatar is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Qatar? Register subscribe to your home location and Qatar and run your personalised reports.