Your guide to expat life in Qatar

The jewel in the Gulf crown

Qatar is a tiny emirate on the Arabian Peninsula that offers many exciting work opportunities to career focused expats.

Rich in oil and gas reserves, the country’s success stems from the tolerant and welcoming attitude it has towards the many expats who flock to its shores. And the current boom is set to continue as it prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: About 2.1 million
  • Capital City: Doha (also the largest city)
  • Neighbouring Qatar: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
  • Main languages: Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken.
  • Time: GMT+3

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Relocation Checklist

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Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

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