The city of Doha is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the east of the country. It is Qatar’s fastest growing city, with over 80% of the nation’s population living in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and it is also the economic centre of the country. Doha was founded in the 1820s as an offshoot of Al Bidda.
For those thinking of relocating to Doha accommodation in Qatar is generally spacious and well-proportioned. New compounds and apartments are constantly being built, so expats who dream of a home with never-been-used fittings and a new house smell may be in luck. Most compounds and complexes have on-site amenities such as pools, gyms, dry cleaners and cafés.
Life in Doha is influenced by a mixture of Arab customs and modernity. Expats can visit the souqs for spices and traditional clothing, enjoy local food and drinks in the streets, and learn something about the sport of falconry. At the same time, however, various modern malls and international hospitals offer excellent services to people living in Doha. All public buildings are air-conditioned, making life bearable during the summer’s extreme heat.
Expats who have chosen to work in Qatar will most likely be moving to Doha. What is now a metropolis was nothing more than a pearl-fishing village in the 19th century. Today, work opportunities and the excellent location are two of the reasons why expats move to Doha. Expats often find work in the petrochemical industry or the real estate sector and enjoy the advantages of a city which is in constant development.