Depending on your lifestyle, and what part of the world you are coming from, Qatar can be a very comfortable place to set down roots or a memorable vacation experience.
Doha is Qatar’s capital city and is the country’s cultural and international hub. Unlike many other capital cities in the world, the Qatar government does not charge for water and electricity, which makes the cost of living in Doha very reasonable. Permanent citizens also have free phone lines. Taxes are not charged on everyday goods, though there is a small tax for imported goods. The biggest expense depends on where in Doha Qatar you decide to live or stay.
The average salary in Doha, Qatar‘s capital city, is approximately 7,800 Qatari Riyal (QR) or $2143 USD, similar to the middle-class American salary in a capital city. Unlike western nations, there are no personal tax deductions on salary. This makes working in Qatar very attractive for foreigners. Many employers also include the cost of housing, car allowance, medical coverage, child education, and airline tickets for home visits in the salary contract. For those from western nations, it should be noted that men in Qatar tend to make 38.9% higher salary than women.
En of Service Gratuity
As per Qatar Labour Law, after five years of employment a worker is entitled to an end of service gratuity. This is similar to the big bonuses given to corporate CEOs. It is basically an amount of money proportional to the number of years you have worked for the company. For employment over five years, the gratuity is calculated to be higher.
Qatar is a large peninsula that points north into the Persian Gulf. Though most of the territory is desert, travellers to Qatar tend to be surprised by its white sandy beaches and blue ocean view. The Doha city skyline at night is quite awe-inspiring. Seeing the historical places such as the Marroub Fort, with its amazing Abbasside architecture or a visit to the Qatar National Museum is a must.
The museum is in what was once a royal palace and visitors can witness the history of Qatar and view the large collection of Islamic artifacts and relics. Many interesting excavation discoveries from the area are showcased here. Qatar continues to draw more tourists each year and is a truly interesting adventure.
There are many luxurious hotels to choose from. With immaculate décor and supreme service, you will truly feel like royalty. A fabulous vacation experience that will make you want to come back year after year.