We are proud to launch our new city guide for expatriates in Doha, Qatar.
The demography of Qatar and Doha is unusual in that the majority of its residents are expatriates. Qatari nationals are a minority in Qatar; there are 33 migrants for every 1000 residents in the country. Ethnic groups in the country include Arab (40%), Indian (18%), Pakistani (18%), and Iranian (10%). Qatar shares the top spot with Libya for the country with the highest ratio of migrants to nationals.
Qatar has prospered in recent years with continued real GDP growth. Offshore and onshore oil and natural gas are the basis of Qatar's economy, providing it with the highest per capita income in the world and making it the country with the world's lowest unemployment rate. Petroleum accounts for 70% of Qatar's government revenue, over 60% of its GDP, and 85% of its export earnings.
Recently, the economy of Qatar has become more diversified, including large chemical companies such as Industries Qatar and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation. It's most important export partners are Japan, South Korea, India, Singapore and the UK. The Qatari banking sector is the best performing of all Gulf Cooperation Council markets. In Qatar financial institutions are Sharia compliant, including the Qatar Islamic Bank, Qatar International Islamic Bank, and Al Masraf Al Rayyan bank.
In addition, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will prompt further developments in the tourism industry giving expats and Qatari nationals further employment opportunities.
You will find the usual articles in our guide to prepare your expatriation to Doha and manage your life once in there: Overview, Job, Passport, Visa & Permits, International Removal Companies, Finding Accommodation in Qatar, Work, Benefits and Tax, Moving in, Education, Health, Practical Life (banks, transport, shopping...), Entertainment...
You can also discuss and share experience in Qatar in our forum.
Last but not least, you can download the full guide in PDF format, in order to read quietly and maybe to upload on your mobile or tablet PC/iPad.