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general Information/Customs of Middle Eastern Countries customs and Etiquette When moving to the Middle East, there are certain things that expatriates need to know beforehand. Customs and etiquette are considered to be very important, and must be adhered to in order to keep good relations. Unlike Saudi Arabia, however, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait are relatively liberal, giving due respect to women, who can vote in all four countries. There are practices, though, which ought to be kept in mind both when doing business and socializing.


  • Full name: The State of Qatar
  • Population: 1.7 million (EIU, 2008)
  • Urbanized population: 1.7 million (EIU, 2008)


  • Arab


  • Qatari


  • Capital: Doha
  • Area:11437 sq Km
  • Major language:Arabic
  • Major religion:Islam (77.5% of population)
  • Monetary unit:1 Riyal = 100 dirhams
  • Main exports:Oil, gas
  • GNI per capita:$66,900 (EIU 2008)
  • Internet domain:qa
  • International dialling code:+974
  • Time:GMT+3

useful information for expatriates

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    The Qatari market is very competitive, and with no VAT, shopping is relatively cheap. Like other Middle Eastern countries, Qatar offers state of the art malls with high class imported goods, and local souqs. Bartering is expected from everyone at the souqs, and prices can be reduced substantially due to this.

    There are some grocery shops selling western produce, such as ‘MegaMart’ at Landmark Mall, but they are (expectedly) more expensive than you would buy them locally.

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    Cost of Living

    Overall, the cost of living in the Middle East is similar to most Western European countries, although individuals are not taxed, which makes a difference to income. The costs of international phone calls are kept low by the government to encourage international business and investment. The cost of utilities are subsidised by the government, so these, too, are relatively low, although air conditioning is needed in most months.

public holidays

Muslim holidays are set according to local sightings and lunar phases. Therefore each year they fall on slightly different days. These are approximate dates for the 2011 calendar month.

  • 24 Dec: Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

  • 02 Jan: Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)

Rental Properties/ Estate Agents

Qatar rental villas average from around 7,000- 16,000 QR/month. Some estate agents/ websites which may be useful:

Qatar rental villas average from around 7,000- 16,000 QR/month. Some estate agents/ websites which may be useful:

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