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Information for Qatar Expats

A List of Useful Articles for Qatar Residents

Qatar Complete
Residents' Guide

Starting a new life in Qatar - or any new country - can be daunting. New schools have to be found, there's a health system to be navigated, a phone line to be installed and so on. It isn't helped by the fact that basic information seems to be regarded as a state secret in Qatar, to grudgingly be given out only when there is no other alternative.

Fortunately, our website doesn't take that approach. In this section of our website are articles and information that will be useful to you as a resident in Qatar.

Accommodation and Property | Alcohol | Clubs and Societies | Driving | Education | Health | Life in Qatar | Pets | Services

Accommodation and Property

Buying Property in Qatar

After seeing the price of renting property in Qatar, you may be tempted to buy your own. Our unbiased guide examines the pros and cons of buying a house or apartment and gives essential information about the process.

Renting in Doha

A look at renting property in Qatar. Includes a list of letting agents and serviced apartments to get you started in your search for a home.

Where to Rent in Doha

Using either our links or our interactive map check out our overviews of some of the most popular areas to rent in Doha.

Check out our Qatar Property page for more articles and information on buying and renting in Qatar.



The legal and practical details of buying and drinking alcohol in Qatar.

Clubs & Societies in Qatar

Clubs and Societies in Qatar


A list of every club and society in Qatar we could find. If you have an interest or a hobby, chances are you'll find people to share it with here.


Car Inspections

Cars over three years old in Qatar require a yearly inspection. Read our step by step guide to getting your car inspected.

Driving in Qatar: Practical Information

An overview of driving in Qatar, covering issues such as validity of foreign driving licenses, traffic rules, insurance and so on.

Renewing Your Road Permit

How to renew your Road Permit in Qatar.

The Qatar Driving Test

Read one woman's experience of taking the Qatar Driving Test. Essential reading for anyone considering taking the test themselves.

Traffic Offences

Qatar traffic offences and the penalties they occur.

Qatar Visitor's 90 Second Guide to Driving in Qatar (podcast)

Education in Qatar

Further Education in Qatar

A look at Further Education in Qatar with information and contact details of Qatar Institutes, Colleges and Universities.

Nurseries in Qatar

A list of Nurseries in Qatar with contact details.


A look at primary and secondary education in Qatar, and a list of private and international schools in Qatar with contact details.

Studying Arabic and Other Languages in Qatar

A list of institutions that teach languages, and the languages they teach.

Where to Learn Arabic in Qatar

A selection of places and teachers.


Life Insurance in Qatar

Paul Halfyear, financial advisor at Nexus, provides the first in a series of articles on Life Insurance in Qatar.


Internet Cafes

Includes a list of internet cafes and Q-tel hotspots and their location in Doha.

Internet Options

A quick tour through the different ways to get on the web in Qatar.



This article contains practical information for expats on what to do in the traumatic event of a death in Qatar.


In hot conditions you can become dehydrated in as little as fifteen minutes. This article discusses how to recognise dehydration, how to prevent it and how to treat it if you do become dehydrated.

Heat Stroke

Recognising, preventing and treating heat stroke.

Stem Cells

Qatar to get cord-blood bank, aims to become a regional leader of futuristic stem-cell technology.

Dental Health in Qatar

Should I go private or visit my local government clinic? Is it worth taking out health insurance? How do I find a dentist? Find the answers to these questions and more in our article on dental health care in Qatar.

Qatar Health

An general overview of the Health System in Qatar, with information about health cards, vaccinations and more.

Qatar Hospitals

A list of private and government hospitals in Qatar with contact details.

Giving Birth in Qatar

Shabina Khatri takes a look at the process of giving birth in Qatar, from choosing the right hospital and doctor to getting your own way when it comes to delivery.

Labouring after Labour: Getting your Baby Legal in Qatar

In the third of her series of articles on having a baby in Qatar, Shabina takes us through the steps of getting your baby registered and legal.

Plastic Surgery

Where to get plastic surgery, whose getting it, how much it costs and how to choose a good surgeon.

Qatar Life

Kids in Qatar

People's attitude towards children, health and what there is children to do in Qatar.

Life in Qatar

So, what's it actually like to live here? What restrictions are there? Will you get stoned for kissing your girlfriend/boyfriend? We try to answer these questions and more with our snapshot of life in Qatar.

ID Cards

Everyone has to carry ID cards in Qatar, unless they are children. Here's what a Qatar ID cards looks like, with details of the information it carries.

Smoking in Qatar

Rules exist, but they are not quite as strict as elsewhere - and are more often flouted!

What you have to when you get married very much depends on your religion and nationality. Fiona Murray provides a practical guide to those who wish to tie the knot.


Pets in Qatar

People's attitudes towards dogs and cats, the practicalities of bringing your pet into Qatar, practical information about having a pet in Qatar and useful links and resources for pet owners.



Maps of the Qatar Bus routes for Doha, Al Khor & Al Shamal and for Doha's Industrial Area.

Postal services

Practical Information about Postal Services in Qatar.

Mobile Phones in Qatar

Practical Information about Mobile Phones in Qatar: Phones Available, Roaming, Standards, Costs and More

Qtel and Telephones

Practical information about telephonic services provided by Qatar's monopoly supplier, Qtel.

Shop and Ship (Blog post)

A look at Aramex's Shop and Ship service, which allows users to buy goods in America or the UK and have them shipped to Qatar. Includes directions, prices and contact details.

Utilities in Qatar

Practical information about getting water, gas and electricity in Qatar.


Qatar Visitor's Guide to Working in Qatar

Tonnes of articles on how to find work in Qatar.

Qatar Labour Law

Find out what rights you have - and don't have - under Qatar Labour Law.


View a list of current vacancies in Qatar and the Gulf.