Life in Doha with toddler

Good evening to everybody, we are moving to Doha in April and I am staying at home with our daughter of 17 months. I was wondering if you can tell me how is life with a toddler in such a hot country? Here she likes outdoors so much, I cannot imagine how it is done in such a heat. What do you mums do all day to keep them occupied? Is it better to leave to Europe in the summer?Thanks so much

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SallyDeepu

Hi, I have 3 children and they love the outdoors but during the summer months I send them out only after sunset because it's really hot and we have a lot of sand storms or dust storms so then it's either malls or playing indoors at friends homes. There are a few mother and toddler groups that do fun activities so you could join them.

July and August are school holidays here so many go on vacations. Ramadan is also around this time so no eating or drinking outside and shops open late too.

Best of luck with your move.

kkforever young

most westerners escape summer heat especially july-august. I know several families where the wife leaves for Europe as of mid-june until end of Aug. You have to be creative to keep them busy since Doha offers very little to keep kids busy (unless you want spend 3-4 hours in a mall each day).

anonymous

Us "mums", A.K.A. stay-at-home-dads, get together with other mums and dads, and have outings to the zoo, park, beach, water front, park, park and park. It's only hot for a few months, so plenty of chances to get out and about with out the kids melting. Plenty of classes such as music classes, gymnastics (for toddlers), playgroups and other things. We have found Doha very much geared toward families with children. Whilst we hear our single friends complain about Doha being too boring, people like us can only dream of the days when we could sleep in for two days if we felt like it.
Don't worry, Doha is a very family-friendly place with many activities inside and out, for children.

Cheers

A.G.

hi everyone,
we are moving as well in april to qatar and i am very interested in classes to attend with my 3 year old daughter. i am even looking for a nice summer school for her. till now i just found doha mums, sounds nice but is there more? i am grateful for any suggestions.

rm2010

well..i dunn know about any summer schools. But I have a 18 months old daughter who really needs friends to play with her. Therefore, I invite kids to play with each other at my home. Parents are happy that I look after their child while they are busy working and the kids are happy playing in a fun and safe environment

omarwa

some nurseries here have summer activities that start in june. maybe you could look into that
good luck to you all with your move and hope you enjoy qatar

Papu21

Hi,

My husband getting job offer at Doha Qatar and we are moving from USA to Doha in September, based on what we read on the site it seems like Doha is not safe anymore.

I am little nervous since i have to be at home all the time, taking care of two kids. As per my husband offer we will get 4-5BHK compound villa. Is it safe to be in compound Villa? Also, how is the social life at Doha especially, evening...as we here in USA, as a female I could go anytime with my infant for grocery or mall shopping but how is it in Doha? Also, i saw that everyone said drive carefully.

Any help greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

dohabunny

Hi Papu21, Doha is quite a safe city. When we shifted from UK to Doha, we already knew that this place is generally very safe for families. To answer your question, yes a compound villa should be plenty safe. Crime is very very low in Qatar. We have fire extinguishers & smoke alarms in our rented villa, if you are worried about fires. Re health, we had a good experience with the general children's hospital when our child was sick. Lots of concerned doctors, all tests done to ensure nothing was missed and lots of consultations with other doctors to ensure proper medication and treatment was given. Most social activities happen in the evenings when weather is cooler. You can go shopping anywhere and anytime the shops are open, on your own or with your child, in tshirts/shortsleeve blouses and jeans/skirt. No need for head/face coverings or your husband by your side. This is quite common for locals and expats here. Re driving, I find that there is hardly any road courtesy, lots of big cars, high speed, they change lanes with no indication at all and very car horn trigger-happy here. Qataris are generally gentle polite people. Although they are a minority in Qatar's population, most people I've met here are friendly, helpful and generally nice people too.

Papu21

Thanks a lot, your comment do help us. one thing that i do like to ask you is where is the best place to buy a car and since lot of people has mentioned in previous post that you need to check before you buy..is that a true..? Should we look for authorized dealer only? Do you know any website that we can refer?

THank YOu.

dohabunny

Hi Papu21, I do not know where is the best place to buy a car. If you buy from the dealers, it is of course safer as you have warranty and after sales service. Servicing a car and getting spare parts in Doha are some of the biggest concerns when buying a car. We have been advised to buy Toyota ourselves. One website is: http://www.toyotaqatar.com/Contact.shtm
We are getting a new car. If you are getting a used car, you will need to check it or get it checked out for you, especially if you get one of the big cars as some of them are known to be used over very rugged terrain and could be quite worn down. Plenty of used cars for sale advertised here in QL. The risks of buying used cars from private owners are the same as elsewhere.

Papu21

Thank You dohabunny.

I will look around in Doha once i get there. Thanks for your all help.

Thank You,

anonymous

im looking for my 3years old son a swim and gymnastic classes,did anyone know of them?
thanks

strawberrydulce

My husband and I are moving to Qatar next month along with our 4 daughters. We have been looking at apartments in the Pearl. Anybody have any advice about other villages or compounds? We dont really have idea where to start looking or where are some descent neighborhoods.
Also does anyone have a good real-estate agency they have used?

P.s. A consideration for us is access to schools for 3 of our children.

limelemon

Strawberrydulce - we used Al Fardan real estate agency - they have some nice compound villas in Abu Hamour - which has alot of schools nearby (though its not by the sea). I guess it will depend on which schools you will be applying for your kids - if you can find this out then you could ask the QL'ers about a particular area. Good luck with your move.

strawberrydulce

Thanks for the information. I will research it some more. Am starting to stress out already because I will probably be home alone quite a bit of the time. I really want to find someplace that I feel comfortable and has amenities near by.....sounds like driving is quite different there so prefer not to for awhile

anonymous

ART & CRAFT Classes for Kids!
It s an art & craft classes with various creative activities for the Age Group of 4-6 years.
Including: drawing
Painting
Cutting
Work with different types of paper
Clay
Baking, Salads and more…

With small groups, max. 2-4 Kids per group.
Your child will learn painting, drawing, making useful things out of junk and few recipes as well like salads and sandwiches. These classes will enhance creativity in your child and boost confidence among kids.

It will be from 02:00PM to 03:00PM on every Saturday and Wednesdays

Duration is : one hour

Fees are : 1 hour: 80QR
If you have more than one child or a group, then you can choose the day/days which is better for you. ..

Fees included all the supplies and snacks.

The Location is : near the crazy signals in old Ghanim .

The first class will be on 6TH April.
The registration is 2-3 days before of the beginning the classes.

For more information and registration please contact:
yaseminyildiz78@ hotmail.com

anonymous

ART & CRAFT Classes for Kids!
It s an art & craft classes with various creative activities for the Age Group of 4-6 years.
Including: drawing
Painting
Cutting
Work with different types of paper
Clay
Baking, Salads and more…

With small groups, max. 2-4 Kids per group.
Your child will learn painting, drawing, making useful things out of junk and few recipes as well like salads and sandwiches. These classes will enhance creativity in your child and boost confidence among kids.

It will be from 02:00PM to 03:00PM on every Saturday and Wednesdays

Duration is : one hour

Fees are : 1 hour: 80QR
If you have more than one child or a group, then you can choose the day/days which is better for you. ..

Fees included all the supplies and snacks.

The Location is : near the crazy signals in old Ghanim .

The first class will be on 6TH April.
The registration is 2-3 days before of the beginning the classes.

For more information and registration please contact:
yaseminyildiz78@ hotmail.com

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