Areas and Suburbs in Doha
For expats whose employers won't provide them with accommodation, choosing which of the areas and suburbs in Doha to live in is a process that demands some practical consideration. Rather than searching for tree-lined lanes and quiet neighbours, choosing an area of the city within close proximity to the main income earner’s place of work should take priority.
Doha, the capital of Qatar and its business hub, claims an assortment of diverse communities clumped together within different areas. Occupation, corporation and length of contract usually dictate where an expat will be most at home, but this isn’t always the case.
Doha is situated between several smaller hubs, such as Al Khor and Ras Laffan to the north, and Mesaieed to the south. These towns offer accommodation to expats who work in the oil and gas industry, or who are employed by the ever-expanding ports in those areas. Expats living in these communities can expect a highway commute of approximately 35 to 50 miles (60 to 80km) to the capital. This means that sometimes even those employed by these sectors prefer to find accommodation closer to the amenities and energy of Doha.
Ultimately, whether in a compound, a free-standing villa or in an apartment, one thing stands out when choosing accommodation in Doha – traffic. Schools and shopping malls are well situated to service all areas, but, in a country where the peak traffic hour can last all day, travel time becomes a major concern when choosing a place to live.
Areas and suburbs of Doha
Below are some of the most popular areas and suburbs in Doha for expats:
Where the trendy live and play, the Pearl-Qatar is a portion of reclaimed land off the Qatar peninsula. The presence of high-end apartment buildings with luxury shops and restaurants makes this a sought-after area for high-income expats and Qataris alike. Access is made easy by a double lane road in and out. Upmarket jetties secure mooring space for large yachts.