Work, study, or visit—anything you do in Qatar will make you experience a vibrant community working together to drive this country toward new, exciting heights.
Life in Qatar is a unique fusion of modernity and cultural tradition. While our cities beat with the latest features and infrastructure—all working toward advancing the nation into a modern up-and-coming global hub—you can still find our heritage, traditions, and culture at the heart of everything we do, and in every detail of your surroundings.
What does that fusion look like day-to-day? It means being able to work in a cutting-edge urban facility, while spending the weekend dune bashing in Qatar’s breathtaking deserts and camping under a starry night sky. You don’t even need to go that far to do so; most major destinations are an hour’s drive from Education City.
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Life in Qatar is one based around comfort and convenience. It is one of the safest countries to live in the world and has the highest-ranked healthcare system in the Middle East, which every resident can utilize. Residents of Qatar enjoy a high standard of living, with a variety of facilities guaranteeing their wellbeing and safety, including modern medical facilities, luxurious accommodation, and efficient welfare services.
The people of Doha exemplify deeply rooted traditions and values of collaboration, compassion, tolerance, and mercy. Expats from outside of Qatar form a majority of the population, joining the small local population in sharing the vision of transforming the country. In a society that welcomes people from different countries, cultures, and religions, acceptance and support are our priorities to ensure everyone feels at home.
Qatar is strategically located at the heart of one of the world’s most prosperous and rapidly developing regions, and is conveniently situated at the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and Africa. Whether you are traveling for business, family, or leisure, you will have easy access to the world through our award-winning Hamad International Airport, which is also home to Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airline networks.
Qatar is a country in motion, where new advances and expansions yield new opportunities every day. With Qatar National Vision 2030 directing the country’s path to development, some of the world’s most ambitious projects are being undertaken in Doha, such as the Middle East’s first FIFA World Cup kicking off in Qatar in 2022.
Embracing global modernity while championing local art and culture go hand-in-hand in Qatar. We house different cultural and artistic establishments like museums, art galleries, and music and heritage centers, which not only exhibit Qatari history and Islamic tradition, but foster a curiosity for art and creativity among all.
Have a look at some of our country’s guiding traditions.
One of architect IM Pei’s final designs, the Museum of Islamic Art is one of the leading collections of Islamic art in the world. Its award-winning collections include feature paintings, glassworks, metalwork, ceramics, textiles, and manuscripts. The museum covers several important time periods, including the Mughal and Safavid eras.Learn more about the Museum of Islamic Art
Some 60 km from Doha in the south-eastern corner of the country lies one of Qatar’s most impressive natural wonders, the ‘Inland Sea’ or Khor Al Adaid. A UNESCO recognized natural reserve with its own ecosystem, this is one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert. Inaccessible by road, this tranquil expanse of water can only be reached by across the rolling dunes.Learn more about Qatar’s natural wonders
Have a look at some of our country’s leading attractions.
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QF’s efforts in science, research, and innovation are at the forefront of ensuring Qatar’s food security, especially after the blockade. However, without people realizing the role they must play in these efforts, they can become more challenging. Two QF initiatives, Sahtak Awalan (Your Health First) and the Green House Project, are programs that have successfully involved school students in working towards the country’s food sustainability.
Questions about life in Qatar
Mowasalat is the transport company, and they run buses throughout most of Doha. However, they are often crowded and not as frequent as they may be in your home country. It can also be uncomfortable waiting in the sun during the summer months. Most QF staff prefer other methods of transportation. You can find more information on routes, fares, and schedules on their website: www.mowasalat.com
The Doha Metro is currently under construction. The metro system will be built in two phases: the first will see the construction of three out of the four lines (Red, Gold, and Green) and 37 stations. These lines are expected to be open to the public by 2020. The future phases involve the introduction of an additional line (Blue) and the expansion of the existing ones, with more than 60 additional stations and the first expansion will be completed by 2026.
There are many recreational facilities and health fitness centers in Doha. Many hotels have health and wellness classes open to the public such as aerobics, fitness classes, gyms, spa treatments, yoga, and Pilates. There are also many sports and sporting associations such as bowling, baseball, basketball, cycling, fencing, hockey, golf, and equestrian sports. Comedy, dancing, drama, and music are also some of the things that you can get involved with while in Doha. Major events are happening around the year in some of the major cultural hubs of the country in places like Katara, The Pearl, and the West Bay.
The weather is generally pleasant in winter, and hot and humid during the summer. Winter daytime temperatures average 20-35 degrees Celsius (68-95 degrees Fahrenheit), although nights can be relatively cool. You will need to wear a sweater or a light coat during the winter. In summer, the temperature gets as high as 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).
Qatar is an Islamic country and visitors and expats are expected to be respectful of the traditions of the state. Qataris generally wear the national dress of abayas and thobes. In accordance with local culture and customs, residents are requested to wear modest clothing that covers your shoulder and knees.
If arriving in Qatar on a visitor’s visa, it is possible to use a national license from any country to drive a car for seven days, provided it is a rental vehicle. A driver who holds an International Driving Permit (IDP) may drive a rental vehicle for up to six months—or until the visa status changes from visitor to resident. The license from the home country must be available for inspection.
National holidays include National Sport Day (the second Tuesday in February) and Qatar National Day (18 December). We also provide working holidays during the two Eids. The exact dates of the Eids vary depending on the year, but are normally both 4-5 working days in length.
There’s always something to do in Qatar.