Many expats assigned to Qatar or retirees who want to live in Qatar after retirement inquire about the cost of living in Qatar. Is life in Qatar too expensive? Or is it just the same as other North American or European countries?
The cost of living in Qatar for you and your family will depend largely on the lifestyle you are used to getting. Especially in Doha, the cost of living index is relatively high, it is ranked as number 49 of 300 companies in terms of expensive living. Let’s take a look at the cost of basic necessities in Qatar so that you can estimate whether living in Qatar is expensive or not.
Expats in Qatar usually rent apartments, villas or condominiums. Most apartments are unfurnished, but furnished apartments are also available. In most rental properties, amenities such as swimming pools, gyms, and children’s playgrounds are readily available, and their use is charged monthly as part of the unit’s rental payment.
A furnished studio or a single room costs about 5,000 QAR to rent, which is about 1,370 USD. However, if you rent a 4 bedroom villa it could cost up to 20,000 QAR if it is in an expat compound
2. Grocery Store
The cost of food, non-alcoholic drinks and other household items needed to sustain daily living is relatively on the expensive side compared to other countries. This is especially true if you eventually want to buy internationally known food brands as well.
For a family of two, set aside about 1,800 QAR or about 490 USD for this release.
The good thing about Qatar is that basic services such as water, electricity, gas and telephone lines are subsidized by the government. So this particular edition will be a lot cheaper compared to other countries. However, life in Qatar, given the rising high temperatures, will cause you to start using your air conditioning system, especially in the summer months.
For a family of two, the utilities as a whole cost about 1,100 QAR, about 300 USD. This low price offsets the cost of living in Qatar a bit down.
Even if clothes are a bit expensive in Qatar, living conditions in Qatar will not require you to wear too much clothes given the high temperature in the country.
For a family of two, clothes for both people cost about 1,100 QAR, about 300 USD.
If you are an expat, this particular item will not be a problem for you as it should be covered by your employer for you and your spouse. However, if this is not reimbursed on a monthly basis, you will have to engage your own health insurance company.
For a family of two, health care coverage for both will cost about 1,300 QAR, about 360 USD on a monthly basis. This is one particular item that needs to be covered for you and your family.
As a whole, the cost of living in Qatar is not all that different in most progressive countries.