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Cost of living in Qatar - 2017

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Before moving to Qatar, it is important to investigate the cost of living in the country.

As we did in 2015, we give you the opportunity to share your experience and tell us more about products and services average recorded prices in your town/city/area.

Don’t hesitate to let us know if the cost of living in Qatar has decreased or increased in the past few years.

Thanks to your help, would-be expatriates will have the opportunity to refine and better prepare their expatriation project.

> How much does it cost to rent an apartment/house in Qatar? 

> How much do you pay for your public transport tickets (bus, subway, train, tram)?

> Staple food: what do people eat and how much do they pay for basic food like bread, rice or pasta?

>What is your monthly grocery budget?

> How much does it cost to see a physician/doctor/specialist in Qatar ? 

> What is your children's schooling monthly budget?

> How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

> How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc.?

> How much do you pay for your Internet/phone subscription?

> How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

> How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

> How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

> How much does a gym membership cost in Qatar? 

Thank you everyone!

Priscilla

Hi , I'm Ajmeer I'm from Sri Lanka  more than 10000 QR

nice subject,, but each point of it can be sub subject,,
if we can manage to upload excel file and categories those questions on 3 levels, cheap, moderated , expensive, it will be useful .

housing,
studios from 3000 up to 9000
1 bedroom from 3000 up to 10000
2 bedroom 5000 up to 12000
3 bedrooms 7000 up to 14000
standalone villas from 9000 up to 50000

Utilities  (electricity/gas/water)
most of accommodation contracts include the utility within rental value or monthly payment, only in some cheap accommodations the utilities are exclusive
studio/ 1 bedroom 400-600 Qar
2 bedroom 600-800
3 bedroom 800 - 1200
villas 1500 - 3000

Communications (Internet/phone)
like utilities some accommodations provide internet inclusive,
but if you dont have it, u have many options,

Internet
land line with 10 M speed 250 
land line with 20 M speed 350   
6 Giga mobile package 100

Mobile,
i would not go for prepaid although it has many offers (still more expensive the postpaid) , i would go for postpaid offer the most common 250 include(3 Giga data, unlimited calls, 100 international )

and if your company has a high profile in the country like QGas or QP or Gov sector, or even you have a good bank account in QNB, you can get better much better offers

grocery weekly budget depends on your life style (family of 3 )
500 if you buy what you need..
2000 if shopping and malls is your hobby   
some items  bought once a month or twice like cleaning items would have a budget from 500 - 1000 )

public transport
i dont know much about it, except taxi and uber, and its more expensive than renting a car, i guess car rental starts from 85-250 depends on model and brand, (luxury cars can reach more than that)
monthly rates also better (1800- 2300 for economical cars)
the value to rent a car is the same to buy a car as a bank installment, and for some cars its cheaper to pay for installments

cars price
little bit higher than UAE with 5% and higher than Oman with 10%

Car Agencies
same as cars, higher than region agencies with little less services

sometimes cars have the same price specially if it is the current model (VW Gold 2017 80-83 thousand) but the provided services is different   .. in UAE much better


fuel price
its 1.6/L ,, 50 litter car would cost 80 Qr - 90 depends on monthly prices, and its still cheap

Medical Care,,
if you are insured you will poay 25 Qar Only if you are not insured depends on the physician you are visiting (100- 250) and specialist 250 - 600

dental
expensive if you are not insured
i did 1 mill crown 1200 qar

lunch pack (per 1 person)
junk food like Mac and Hardees pizza 20 - 50
yamani house 35-50
moderated restaurants (chilies, apple-pees, nandos,romman, damasca, royal tandori ) 80 - 120
Oriental (saha, haret jdoodna ) 150 -200
 

coffee
i prefer caribou american 12 qar
same shot ib moka arabia  20 Qar

cinema ticket
almost same every where
45 regular
75 3D
150 7 stars seat


schooling

beside accommodation, schooling is the highest and most worrying expenses

regular schools (belongs the to citizenship)
8-12 thousand
intermediate schools (like chweifat and manar ) 18 - 23
med high like newton 23-35
high like finish 45
extreme high like jems and compas 75-90


and last
gyms

i dont recommend it at all,, try to eat and get fat its better than burning fat ,,
i didnt pay all previous expenses to put fat in my belly to pay more money to burn the fat :)

For a typical Filipino Family, here are our expenses:

Note: Household compose of Husband and Wife only

>How much does it cost to rent an apartment/house in Qatar?
*Our independent room in villa costs 2500 QAR per month.

> How much do you pay for your public transport tickets (bus, subway, train, tram)?
*Minimum transportation in Taxi is 10Qr. You can have also limousine or Karwa app/uber for easy access.

> Staple food: what do people eat and how much do they pay for basic food like bread, rice or pasta?
*5kls of Jasmine rice is approximately 25 QAR. Filipino food are quite expensive. You can have all your condiments and basic kitchen supplies for 300 QAR

>What is your monthly grocery budget?
***Monthly budget for grocery is 500 QAR

> How much does it cost to see a physician/doctor/specialist in Qatar ?
***If you have private insurance, it will be free of charge. Some private hospitals will cost around 50-100 QAR per consulattion. You can also visit Hamad Hospital, which is free of charge.

> What is your children's schooling monthly budget?
***We do not have kids yet.

> How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
***We have ransportation provided by the company

> How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc.?
***Monthly rent in the accomodation is all included.

> How much do you pay for your Internet/phone subscription?
***250 QAR per month with Ooredoo TV

> How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
***We intend to pack our home cook meals on a regular basis

> How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
***Starbucks would cost around 18-25 QAR

> How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
*** Regular cinema will cost around 35 QAR and IMAX 3D is 50QAR

> How much does a gym membership cost in Qatar? 
***We don't enroll ourselves to gym. We prefer outdoor activities such as walking and jogging.

Nice infos : how much to get a big studio or apart in westbay for a couple ?

> How much does it cost to rent an apartment/house in Qatar?  Depending on number of Bedrooms and area , It starts QAR 3000 to QAR 25000

> How much do you pay for your public transport tickets (bus, subway, train, tram)? Public transport only Bus Service now, QAR 10 to 25 per trip.

> Staple food: what do people eat and how much do they pay for basic food like bread, rice or pasta?
All cosmopolitan food is avialable, MC.Donald,Pizzahut and many countries restaurants Av. meal QAR 30 onwards per person.

>What is your monthly grocery budget?
QAR 3000 to 4000

> How much does it cost to see a physician/doctor/specialist in Qatar ?
It's costlier here QAR 500

> What is your children's schooling monthly budget?
It's little costlier QAR 9000

> How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
It's cheap QAR 1.25 per litre

> How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc.?
Around QAR 300 to 400

> How much do you pay for your Internet/phone subscription?
QAR 100 / 6 GB

> How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
QAR 40

> How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
QAR 20 to 25

> How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
QAR 35

> How much does a gym membership cost in Qatar? 
QAR 200 per month.

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