Doha

Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

2
253/265
Details
Large apartment$2900.00
Medium apartment$2300.00
Rent index [score]0.24
Small apartment$1800.00

Cost of Living

5
125/250
Details
5km taxi ride$3.60
A Cappuccino$5.10
A beer$3.70
A kilogram of Apples$2.10
Bread$0.60
Inflation [score]0.55
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$160.00
Monthly public transport$35.00
Movie ticket$11.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$72.06

Startups

3
220/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups2
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.20
Coworking spaces [score]0.31
Meetups [score]0.14
Meetups groups17
Meetups members5727
Number of investors8
Number of startup events in the last 12 months322
Number of upcoming meetup events1
Startup climate scene [score]0.47
Startup events9
Startup events [score]0.33
Startups [score]0.34
Total number of startups23

Venture Capital

4
105/227
Details
Venture capital [score]0.39

Travel Connectivity

3
150/265
Details
Airport hub116
Airport hub [score]0.53

Commute

5
156/252
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.61

Business Freedom

7
166/263
Details
Business freedom71.40
Business freedom [score]0.59
Freedom from corruption69.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.72
Lack of labor restrictions70.70
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.64
Time to open a business8.50
Time to open a business [score]0.92

Safety

10
13/265
Details
Crime rate [score]0.99
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year0
Guns per 100 residents19
Lack of gun related deaths [score]1.00
Lack of guns [score]0.91
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.95

Healthcare

7
113/264
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.85
Healthcare quality [score]0.61
Life expectancy (years)78.23
Life expectancy [score]0.69

Education

1
208/239
Details
Best university in rankingQatar University
Best university ranking550
Country mean scores in PISA math test370.95
Country mean scores in PISA reading test387.50
Country mean scores in PISA science test383.64
PISA math ranking (high school)46
PISA ranking49
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.19
PISA reading (high school)45
PISA science (high school)45
Percent of happy students0.67
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.70
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.57
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.63
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.02
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.02
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.01
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

4
220/265
Details
Air quality [score]0.29
Cleanliness [score]0.48
Drinking water quality [score]0.44
Urban greenery [score]0.25

Economy

9
1/262
Details
Currency exchange rate per US dollar for urban area3.64
Currency for urban areaQAR
GDP growth rate0.06
GDP growth rate [score]0.88
GDP per capita$143426.98
GDP per capita [score]1.00

Taxation

10
1/265
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]1.00
Income tax level [score]1.00
Profit tax (% of profit)0.11
Time overhead to file company taxes41

Internet Access

3
227/265
Details
Download speed (Mbps)6.97
Internet access (download) [score]0.16
Internet access (upload) [score]0.42
Upload speed (Mbps)8.99

Leisure & Culture

5
192/264
Details
Art galleries65
Art galleries [score]0.50
Cinemas88
Cinemas [score]0.66
Comedy clubs19
Comedy clubs [score]0.46
Concert venues34
Concerts [score]0.31
Historical sites14
Historical sites [score]0.20
Museums32
Museums [score]0.72
Performing art venues30
Performing arts [score]0.33
Sport venues41
Sports [score]0.50
Zoos7
Zoos [score]0.56

Tolerance

5
233/265
Details
LGBT Equality Index15.48
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.12
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✔ Legal
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✖ Illegal
LGBT homosexuality rights✖ Illegal (other penalty)
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.81

Outdoors

4
156/265
Details
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)13.00
Water access [score]0.89
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Doha are in the 125th place of all 250 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,800$2,800
$2300
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$160
Movie ticket$11
Broadband internet connection$74
Monthly public transport$35
Lunch$12
-32%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Doha are below average. For this job type, Doha ranks 137th for salaries among 265 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Doha.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$40,144
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

19.20
Guns per 100 people
0.15
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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The overall crime rate puts Doha in position 7 of 265 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Visa

For visits up to 90 days

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Embassies

Embassy of Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar

Palm Tower B, level 33 West Bay, P.O.Box 12011 , Doha, Qatar

Phone: (+974-4) 930821-2

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People in Doha

Population of Doha

678,400
1,402 /km²
98/264
Density (people per unit of area)
-39%
Growth in 2015-2020
Doha

Demographics of Qatar

Median age
33
Elderly people
1%
Life expectancy at birth
79
GDP per capita (in USD)
$143,427
1/262
Unemployment
0%
2/263

Languages

English proficiency score
47
223/228
Common spoken languages
Arabic

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Work in:

Founder
13.04%
Project Manager
8.70%
Product Manager
8.70%
Business Analyst
4.35%
Finance Manager
4.35%
Sales Manager
4.35%
Web Developer
4.35%
Other
52.17%

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Climate

Average day length (hours)

12.6

Climate type

Tropical and Subtropical Desert

Average daily maximum temperature

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On living in Doha


Once little more than a minuscule pearl fishing village, Doha, Qatar's capital and largest city, has emerged to become one of the pearls of the Middle East. It is one of the most rapidly-developing cities in the Persian Gulf, akin to the development seen in nearby Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is destined to become a centre of international trade and travel.

For most of its history Doha was a poor fishing village dependent on pearl diving, and was regarded as a sleepy backwater until as recently as the early 1990s. Following the accession of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani as Emir in 1995, however, Qatar quickly began to modernize, and Doha is now taking huge strides to catch up with other nearby Gulf cities, especially in preparation for its hosting of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. The city is very much a work-in-progress, with a rapidly growing skyline and new buildings sprouting up almost like mushrooms.

For most visitors, Doha is synonymous with Qatar, as the vast majority of the country's population resides in the capital city. Doha has an astonishingly diverse population – just 13% of residents are native Qataris. Although Arabic is Qatar's official language, English is by default the lingua franca, as the majority of the city's expats do not speak Arabic, including most shopkeepers and service providers. Doha is also now one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, as workers continue to pour in to help build the developing economy.

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Good Country Index

Every city comes with a country. How is this one doing in terms of giving back to the global community? Our friends at The Good Country Index measure what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity, and what it takes away, relative to its size.

Overall ranking

Qatar
68th from a total of 163 countries

World Order

65th

Refugees hosted

Refugees generated

Charity giving

Birth rate

UN Treaties signed

International Peace & Security

69th

Dues in arrears to UN peace keeping budgets

International violent conflict

Peacekeeping troops

Arms exports

Internet security (2014)

Planet & Climate

51st

Ecological footprint

Reforestation since 1992

Hazardous pesticides exports

CO2 emissions

Ozone

Prosperity & Equality

58th

Development assistance

FDI outflows

Fairtrade market size

UN volunteers abroad

Open trading

Culture

110th

Freedom of movement

Press freedom

Creative services exports

UNESCO dues in arrears as % of contribution

Creative goods exports

Science & Technology

153rd

Nobel prizes

Patents

Journal exports

International publications

International Students

Health & Wellbeing

33rd

Pharmaceutical exports

Voluntary excess donations to the WHO

Food aid

Humanitarian aid donations

International Health Regulations Compliance

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