Life

Life in Qatar is very expensive in comparison with the other GCC countries. Almost everything suitable for Bangladeshi expatriates is found here with very high price (generally 6 to 10 times of Bangladesh price). For most foreigners, including diplomats recreation facilities in Doha are limited.  As there are a few places of interest, which can barely attract the people. Social life, therefore, centre on the home with social gatherings, satellite TV channels and video being very popular. Although there are few Cinema halls in Doha where English and Hindi films are regularly screened, they are not a very popular source of entertainment.

In Qatar there are only 4 public parks – Al Khor, Al Muntaza, the Airport Park and Al Bidah. While the first park is situated about 35 kms away from Doha, the second one Al Muntaza is reserved for Women and children only. The third one is in Airport road and the last is a new one at Corniche. The most popular place in Doha is a 7 km-long Corniche built alongside the sea and adorned by strips of beautiful parks which provides a sanctuary for those looking for family outing, walking or jogging in the evening times. That is the major attraction in Doha.  

There are some other beaches stretched out around Qatar, which are also worth visiting. Driving through sand dunes with 4-wheel drive cars could be a unique experience in Qatar. Various tourism organizations offer package program, which include driving through desert, camping, BarBQ, display of traditional culture etc. A beach resort called ‘Sea Line Beach Resort’ located 50 miles off Doha to the south is a beautiful place to visit and stay for couple of nights.

COST OF LIVING

Though every consumer item is available in Qatar including vegetable, fish, meat, the cost of living in Qatar is higher compared to other GCC countries. The reason may be attributed to the country’s increasing high standard of living and growing per capita income.  Most of the   consumer goods are imported from neighboring Saudi Arabia and UAE.

A pricelist of essential item are given below:

Commodity

Quantity

Price in QR (One QR = Tk. 21.5)

Rice

per kg

6-10

Beef with bones

,,

20-25

Beef without bones

,,

25-30

Mutton with bones

,,

18-25

Mutton without bones

,,

20-30

Live chicken

,,

20-25

Chicken (Frozen)

,,

15-18

Fish (Varieties)

 

15-70

Milk Powder

per tin of 2.5 kg

45-60

Butter         

per kg

12-15

Sugar

,,

2-4

Garlic

,,

7-10

Onion

,,

5-6

Tomato

,,

5-12

Potato

,,

6-8

Apple

,,

8-15

Orange

,,

10-20

Banana

,,

5-8

Flour

,,

4-5

Ata

,,

3-4

Grapes

,,

10-15

Cooking Oil

Per ltr

10-15

Hair cutting

per trip

15-50

Shaving

,,

15-25

Washing and ironing of cotton cloth

per PC

5-10

Dry cleaning of all type clothes

,,

12

Dry cleaning of suits

,,

20-35

Sewing charge of shirt

,,

20-50

Sewing charge of pant

,,

30-100

Sewing charge of suit

(single)

400-1200

Sewing charges of children dress         

 

30-60

Sewing charges of women dress

 

40-100

Electricity charges

per unit

.08-.09

Water charges per unit

,,

4.44

Gas charges

per cylinder

15 - 18

Quality housing is available in Doha including villas and bungalows. High-quality apartments are also available in compounds with facilities of shared swimming pool, gymnasium, conference centre   etc.  

Although during the last few years there has been a construction boom all over Qatar, the house rent has abruptly increased from 50% to 200%, which is an unusual phenomenon. The rent of independent villas in good locations and diplomatic area is very expensive.  At present the three-bed room villa can be rented within an amount of approximately QR. 15,000 to QR. 25,000 and a flat/apartment with same living space will be around QR. 12,000 to QR. 15,000. Suitable Chancery building (similar to the present one) costs QR 60,000 to 75,000 in respect of areas. Residences suitable for Ambassadors’ accommodation in the Diplomatic Area cost around QR.45, 000 to QR.60, 000 (All figures are in per month).