Cost of Living in Doha

Summary about cost of living in Doha, Qatar:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 QR 15.00-60.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 QR 101.10-500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00 QR 25.00-30.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 45.00 QR 30.00-80.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 47.50 QR 35.00-60.00
Cappuccino (regular) 18.85 QR 8.00-30.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.47 QR 2.50-9.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.34 QR 1.00-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 27.55 QR 22.71-37.85
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 5.50 QR 3.63-10.89
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.05 QR 1.81-6.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 10.70 QR 6.00-26.40
Local Cheese (1 lb) 18.70 QR 10.89-29.48
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 11.88 QR 4.54-21.77
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 18.63 QR 11.34-36.29
Apples (1 lb) 3.13 QR 1.81-4.54
Banana (1 lb) 3.11 QR 2.49-5.90
Oranges (1 lb) 2.76 QR 1.81-4.99
Tomato (1 lb) 2.51 QR 1.36-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.87 QR 0.91-2.72
Onion (1 lb) 1.55 QR 1.36-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 6.38 QR 2.00-13.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.88 QR 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 85.00 QR 30.00-150.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 11.35 QR 3.50-35.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (12 oz small bottle) 28.31 QR 12.00-55.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25.00 QR 23.00-30.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 QR 2.00-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 QR 100.00-260.87
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 QR 8.00-10.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 QR 3.22-6.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 QR 20.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.85 QR 7.57-8.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 69,000.00 QR 60,000.00-87,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 72,894.74 QR 65,000.00-80,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 421.91 QR 225.00-850.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.84 QR 0.20-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 334.40 QR 300.00-400.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 424.72 QR 150.00-1,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 133.24 QR 50.00-250.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 45.00 QR 35.00-80.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,731.86 QR 1,250.00-5,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 38,689.63 QR 25,000.00-52,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 236.94 QR 125.00-500.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 207.76 QR 120.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 350.00 QR 200.00-600.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 356.10 QR 200.00-600.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,875.00 QR 5,000.00-9,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,247.96 QR 3,000.00-7,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,741.38 QR 8,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 8,386.67 QR 6,000.00-13,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,968.37 QR 1,068.38-3,716.09
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,479.80 QR 929.02-2,787.07
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 12,214.29 QR
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.86 2.50-5.00

Prices in Doha

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Last update: June 2022
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52 Comments so far
Muhammad on Apr 18, 2022:
I have been offered a job for 16000qar/m, i have a family with 2 kids, one is school going. Is this salary enough forca family of 4?
MakeThings right on Feb 03, 2022:
@nate 110,000qr a month is a dream, as a single it's quite hard to spend 20k a month even without allowances.
Capitaloneqa on Jan 13, 2022:
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lyian on Dec 23, 2021:
help am in Kenya am looking for a job please any help from anyone
moaz on Aug 12, 2021:
i found it more expensive for accommodation which would be big problem for family compared to salary rate
Kiran on Jul 26, 2021:
Hello I am Kiran From India.
I have offer of 16000 Qatar riyal per month including all, how much i can save after all expenses, my lifestyle is normal, i will travel with my family(wife+ 1 kid).
Tshering Penden on Jan 26, 2021:
Hello I am Tshering Penden from Inadia.
So my salary is 2500 Qatar royal including all allowance like transportation, fooding and accommodation. So I need rough calculations of living expense in qater. Is it enough to lived there.
SoonExpat on Jul 23, 2020:
Hello, I'm moving soon to Qatar. I received 12,500 QR / month + single 2 bedroom accommodation + utility bills covered (water/electricity/internet) + health coverage + yearly tickets BUT no transportation and I don't have a Driver's license. Can I take uber or careem to work everyday? It's a 30 min drive
Zie on Jun 12, 2020:
#Nate.. It is a decent package. Approx usd 1000/d + allowance, isnt it? Not sure how much you spend back home, but you won't spend more than qar 25k p.m. as a single in Qatar. I believe you'll be in the office most of the time :)
Nate on Jun 11, 2020:
Hi All

I'm currently working in the UK and have been approached for a three year contract (rotation of 12 weeks on 2 weeks off) to work in Doha (leading up an engineering team). The package works out at 110,000 QAR/month and includes salary, transport, medical, housing, and return flights. I have a family (wife and two school aged children). The above package is based on a single visa but I can bring the family if I so desire.

Is this a decent package to consider if I come as a single and need to support myself in Doha as well as a family in the UK? If I bring my family, education will be paid for.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
BETSIE BAHRU on Feb 28, 2020:
Hello everyone,
Im looking for a job in doha, How do u think i should apply for one?
Any recommendations?
I have a bachelor's degree!
Please send some tips and hints, Thanks.
Bernardine Washington on Dec 21, 2019:
I am planing to come to Qatar for job. I am a single person. Please do help me to find a job in Qatar.
sahil on Dec 11, 2019:
Hi, I got offer on contract role for Graphic Design Post, My monthly salary is 10,000 qar
& they can't provide me the accommodation, food
then can anyone guide me is it sufficient for me to live and eating & how much i can save per month
Amit on Nov 18, 2019:
Please share what is the cost of living for a couple with basic stardard of living
Anonymous on Nov 01, 2019:
i got an offer for 1920 qar you think i should accept it
Anonymous on Oct 15, 2019:
I'm from the USA (husband+ wife +child). my current annual salary is $80000.
I got an offer in Qatar:
basic: 25000+ housing+insurance+school for up to three kids+ air ticket.

Is this a decent, great, bad offer?

I appreciate your suggestions.
Anonymous on Aug 13, 2019:
I really desire to get a teaching job for both myself and my wife. We have two kids and we are really looking for opportunity to move to Qater. Please I need help on how to go about it. You can send advice to my mail at
Mette on Aug 05, 2019:
I would also like to know about international school and the fees, since I find it a bit confusing.

Just checked Compass International School Doha.
The yearly school fee for Primary School incl. tuition fee is 68000 QAR (5700 QAR pr month) and Secondary School incl. tuition fee is app 72000 QAR (6000 QAR pr month). Can anyone inform me if this is de correct prices.
This is significant more than informed in the above (35000 QAR pr year / 3000 pr month).

Also does anyone have recommendations for international schools?
Naga on Jul 17, 2019:
What about children's school fees,is that expensive?

Name some best schools in terms of education and cost
sam opigez on Jul 12, 2019:
Living in Qatar is very expensive! I just took an offer for a 200k yearly but just shipping my goods almost cost me over 15 k . Thanks to
Qatar is not cheap and its even more expensive than Dubai.
PONPANDI on Jul 07, 2019:
Hi All,

I have an opportunity to work in Qatar Doha and company has been offering 11000 riyal/month, my living style is normal. What about the Accommodation and food cost for single person. Please provide with detailed information.
A so is this good package or i need to ask for more salary?
andrew robertson on Jun 27, 2019:
Hi there, I am relocating to Doha with my family later this year. Could anyone advise if it is easy enough to get a car leasing deal and if so, could you provide details about companies that offer this?
Ahmad on May 16, 2019:
Hello all people interested to come to Doha, I've been living in Doha in the past 8 years, if you have any questions about cost of living, your offered salary package and if it will work for you, please feel free to contact me by mail,
One more thing it is relative when it comes to spending, you can live with 3000 QR, and 50,000 might not be enough depending on what lifestyle u are planning, Qatar is the safest country I've lived or visited so far (US, Europe, Middle East, and many Asian countries), house rent is the major expense, I'm managing a company and I'm paying 8,500 QR/month for a 2 bedroom fully furnished apartment in a decent compound with a big club house, gym, swimming pool, etc... Most of the prices mentioned here is reasonable and accurate
@ann on Apr 27, 2019:
Please additional information about how much is the lowest price apartment rent for 3 at duhail doha qatar specifically..
@queries on Apr 27, 2019:
Hi just want to ask how much is the basic salary in doha qatar monthly.
Thank you
shahid on Mar 08, 2019:
Hi there is Salt price not show in the list . I want to know slat price also. i m exporter
LADDU SHASHAVALI on Feb 14, 2019:
What might be expected salary for software quality assurance in QAFCO may be some range
Maximilian on Feb 12, 2019:
Hello all, I have 10 years experience in Retail Store as Operations Analyst and also into new store development and merchandising.

How much salary will I earn in Doha and also where can I get job opportunities in Retail stores in Doha. Please I need suggestions.
YaBiRad on Jan 13, 2019:
#DDD-J your calculations are correct, unfortunately.
I am spending 30k a month, not doing extravagant stuff, with a wife and 2 kids.
Been living here since 2008 and things are getting more expensive by the minute.
The new exise tax also will limit your alcohol consumption as all prices for liquor have doubled. Same goes for tobacco products, pork and energy drinks as well as an extra 50% on soda.
Fuel is always cheaper than Europe. Accomodation is a flexible item, depending on the location, so you might get a villa from 10K+ monthly. Public hospitals are almost free. Cars have reasonable pricing, also a flexible item.
Vishal on Dec 29, 2018:
Hi, I just want to know, How can I get a job in Doha, should I come over there to search a job or I can apply online sites, if yes then which is the good consultant.

Will appreciate for your's answers.


sherrybabe on Dec 27, 2018:
Hi everyone, please I need information on how to get an employment opportunities in Qatar because I have been applying for almost two years without any positive response. please I would be glad if you can share your job hunt and success with me via Thanks
mr.zzade on Dec 20, 2018:
Dear All. I have been living in Qatar since 2012. I have just completed 6th years. You can ask questions about qatar and i will answer you. You see my name, and you can find me on social media. Do not hesitate to ask me. I will try to do my best because i have the similar concerns 6 years ago before moving here.
DDD-J on Nov 25, 2018:

I got what seems to be a great offer for a job in Doha. I would relocate to Doha with my family (wife + 2 kids) from Europe. We are being offered something in the area of 45000QAR/month. I am told the salary is TAX FREE. Coming from Europe, we are accostumed to a western lifestyle with good healthinsurance coverage, a pension scheme... However, considering that rents are high for a 3-4 bedroom flat or compound house (+15000 QAR) and the fact the school is about 10000 QAR for two children monthly plus items like health insurance, pension, semi-regular flights back to Europe, it seems I will have considerable costs to pay.

I am expecting monthly costs to amount to something close to 35k-38k, leaving not very much to put aside for a cold winter day... ;o)

Could someone please tell me that I am wrong in my calculations?
Banu on Nov 20, 2018:
I have 11+ years experience as a peoplesoft and oracle database administrator. I am working for JP Morgan at Columbus,Ohio. My H1B is going to end in anthor 18 months. I got a job offer for 18500 QAR including all allowance. I have three kids. They offered me less than what I get now. Could anyone of you tell me how much I could save with this salary? Shall I go with this offer or wait? how about the job market in gulf countries?
bharath on Oct 13, 2018:

I got an offer of 8000 QAR. Would it be enough with rent for 1 person?

Will I get one bedroom sharing including attached bathroom for 1000QAR in Doha.

If I join in mess system in some coffee shop or restaurant, will my food expenses be below 1000QAR or if I cook vegetarian at room, how much will be cost.

Can any one guide me please
Marco on Oct 11, 2018:
Can i live a decent life here with salary 3600 - 4000 QR?
charl van der merwe on Sep 13, 2018:
Hello. I am applying for a Landscape job in Doha. What is the average salary for landscapers around there, please.
Srikant on Sep 10, 2018:
I have got job offer with accommodation and transport to office. Monthly take home is 7000. Is this a good offer.
Anonymous on Sep 01, 2018:

I think it is not a good offer. You should receive school allowonce also.
15k is one term school fee, 1 year 30k...3 children is 90k...your 3 salary will be gone for education fee.
Koraj on Aug 31, 2018:

Job offer with 8000 USD (about 29000 QAR) all inclusive. I have family of 6 ( 4 kids) 3 going to schools.

considering western/English schools.

Is it a good offer?

Best Regards
Anonymous on Aug 09, 2018:
Fitness membership is monthly 300-400 QAR in the GYMs. It might be 200-250 QAR if you register for 3-6-12 months. 5star hotels asks 1000+ QAR
1 egg costs 1 QAR here... Frozen chicken costs 10-20 QAR in the markets... I do not know how many you need for a day therefore you should calculate for yourself.
I allocate 3500 QAR montly for my expenses (excluding transportation and accomodation)
Kiran Varghese on Aug 05, 2018:
I have got job at Doha, yet to know about my package, will be getting accomodation and a cook. How much will be my monthly expense for food and Fitness club ? I am fitness lover , follow certain diet such as Eggs and chiken... Wanna know my expense. How much should I get to meet my expenses?
Anonymous on Jul 05, 2018:

You will receive 5800 QAR as a net salary and the company will provide you accomodation & transport ??? If this is the case, it might be acceptable i think...

Otherwise, you have to spend 1500-2000 QAR for a bedspace in shared accomodation and 500-1000QAR for transport therefore you will have a 5800 - ( 1500 + 500 ) = 3800 QAR which is approximately 1000 USD.
Ali on Jul 04, 2018:
I got offered 1600 dollars as a Physics private high school teacher plus renting + transportation. Is it good salary per.month
Haydar on Jul 04, 2018:
I have been living in Qatar since 2012 and my package is 25000 QAR. Now, i am paying 5000 QAR for the accomodation and 1625 QAR for the rent of my car... I spend 3000-3500 for the food & lesiure average... To sum up, 25000 ( 5000 + 1625 + 3500 ) = 15 000 QAR i can save. Dolar/riyal exchange rate is fixed, it is 1 USD = 3.65 QAR

Now i want to write my comments for the prices which i think that they are wrong:
1)Restaurant prices seems acceptable, i visit all kinds of restaurants ( cheap indian, turkish, fastfoods and fine dining restaurant)
2)Market prices seems also acceptable but only beer prices are high. Beer is sold in Qatar at only QDC Qatar distribution center and one bottle/can beer cost 8-10 QAR. I do not smoke therefore i can not comment for cigarette.
3)I have a rent a car so i pay 1625 QAR per month (mazda3)...I fill the depot 4 times..Fuel has been increasing slightly every month last 2 years... One depot cost 80QAR for me so 4x80 = 320 QAR... Taxi prices seems correct, but i did not use a taxi last 2 years. I am using uber and prices are fair.
4) My house rents includes all the utilities so i do not pay but 250 QAR is correct for water + electricty (kahra + maa)... House internet is also 200 QAR per month.
5) Cinema prices is correct, 40 QAR is a normal type but if you increse the standards such as 3D or IMAX it also increases to 80-150 QAR...Again my suite provides me a gym so i do not pay for gym but i know the gym montly rent is around 400 QAR.... Cheapest gym might be around 200-250 QAR...
6) I do not have a child , unfortunately i do not have any idea.
7) Clothing is more expensive compared with my country, thus i did not buy any clothes here first 4 years... I was buying when i visit my country... But i discovered some brands such as columbia is cheaper (nearly 1/3) so i started to buy clothes from such brands.
8) Rent is the biggest expense here...I pay 5000 QAR for a suite and i am quite happy... You can find a bedspace for 1000QAR... It says 3bedroom apartment is 11,6k QAR in the centre but you can find 3-bedroom apartment for 6000QAR in al mansoura/bin omran/doha jadeed....Also Ezdan provides cheap accomodation in especially al wakrah which is 30-40 minutes to Doha by car...I am trying to explain that pearl district is the most expensive place and there the prices are 6-7k for 1bedroom, 9-10k for 2 bedrom and 12-13k for 3 bedroom
9) Expats can not buy properties in Qatar thus do not bother for this item...Expats can only deal for 99 years in pearl district.
10) Salary i should not comment... in my project, basic nepali workers get 1000QAR but our PD gets 140k QAR...

I can answer if you have any questions about doha.
Haydar on Jul 04, 2018:
Beer market price is very high and wrong. Beer is sold at QDC (qatar distribution center0 and one bottle / can is around 8 - 10 QAR.
Anonymous on Jun 30, 2018:
Hi , i have got an offer in Qatar for 20,000 QTR (basic-12000, Housing-6000, Transport-2000)with Family status
like insurance ,Air ticket for my self, my fife and kid. I am an Oracle Techno Functional Consultant with 11 years of it the market standard of Qatar.What is the cost of living in Qatar per month includes Rent,Transport,Utilities(Electricity+Water+Gas).And how is the school fee in qatar per year in British Curriculum School.Can you please advise.
Prakash Nawle on Jun 27, 2018:
Hi sir/madam,
In India my sal is 12 lakh per annum, I got a job in Doha Qatar of 15000 qr pm (inclusive all) is it feasible to accept a offer? I am planning to move alone, what will be expenditure and how much I can save? Please guide me..
Reezan on Jun 19, 2018:
Hi..I am working in a company where 5000 qr salary pm.i want to bring my wife and my kid a living in middle class much i can save money each month
Anonymous on Jun 11, 2018:
"Hi. Ive been offered a job in Doha with 35000qar salart pm. I have wife and 2 school going children.My lifestyle in average.if I live a conservative life how much I'll be able to save pm. Thanks a lot in anticipation."

Your biggest expenditure will be on rent and children education. Still the salary is good enough that you will save atleast 8k - 10k pm, considering you have a moderate style of living
Askerman on Jun 11, 2018:
I got an offer of $ 33,000 P.A+ Accommodation +Transportation. For two people is that sufficient. If Im spending Rs.65000 PM

If rent and transport is included then it is a good offer. You will save more if you prep your own food a
Askerman on Jun 11, 2018:
I got an offer of $ 33,000 P.A+ Accommodation +Transportation. For two people is that sufficient. If Im spending Rs.65000 PM

If rent and transport is included then it is a good offer. You will save more if you prep your own food a