Top Ten Most Popular Places To Live In Qatar

Top Ten Most Popular Places To Live In Qatar

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By QL Properties

With increasing job opportunities, world-class facilities, living, and education standards, Qatar is most definitely attracting people from around the world.  Also, with the worldwide concern of COVID-19, Qatar's Ministry of Public Health has been taking exceptional measures and precautions to overcome the risks of the virus and to safeguard the general public.

Qatar is rapidly becoming a favorite when it comes to living and tourism due to a number of events happening here. Recently, Qatar hosted the exciting FIFA Arab World Cup and the Qatar Grand Prix  Formula 1 motor racing event which attracted famous celebrities and tourists from around the globe.

A peaceful environment, cleanliness, the presence of enough schools, malls, grocery stores, and affordable properties are often known to make any area ideal for living. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, there has been an increase of interest to visit and live in Qatar. If you are moving to Qatar or looking for a new area to live within Qatar we have listed some of the best and most popular locations according to over 2.6 million searches (per month) on our website. 

1. Lusail

Currently,  Lusail city represents a great option for families living with access to walk-able pavements and accessible seaside paths. Lusail city also known as Qatar’s Future City is a planned city that will have marinas, modern residential areas, island resorts, commercial districts, luxury shopping, and leisure facilities, and a golf course community, man-made islands, and several entertainment districts. 

The apartments in the city are located in several modern towers that have high-end amenities swimming pools, gyms, children’s play area, dedicated coffee shops, and breathtaking views of the futuristic Lusail City Marina Promenade. Click here to view properties in Lusail. Right now, Lusail features popular local and international Eateries and coffee shops along with the very vibrant Lusail promenade.

Metro Stations & Tram: Lusail Metro Station (Red Line) and Lusail Tram

FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium

Grocery Store & Malls: Place Vendome Mall, Lulu Express

Food Drive-In: Lusail Marina Food Arena

Parks: Crescent Park, Lusail Marine Promenade Park

Hotel: Waterfront Hotel Apartments, Cielo Hotel Lusail

2. Al Wakrah

The affordable residential compound villas and stand-alone villas in Al Wakrah are attracting a huge population to the city. Al Wakrah has undergone major development and growth in the past years making it a city worth living in. Similar to Al Khor city, Wakrah also has its own Souq Waqif known as Souq Al Wakrah so you won't be missing out on any of the fun in Doha. 

Al Wakrah is also home to Al Wakrah Hospital, which is the largest hospital building in Qatar, being 15% larger than Hamad General Hospital and Women's Hospital (in al Sadd) put together. Families will also find a number of local and international schools around, click here to view the list of schools. If you plan to live here we have got some amazing residential property options in this wonderful pearling and fishing city. Click here to view residential properties in Al Wakrah.

Metro Stations: Al Wakrah Metro Station (Red Line)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium

Grocery Store & Malls: Carrefour, Ezdan Mall, Al Meera, Lulu Hypermarket

Parks: Al Wakrah Family Park

Hotel: Time RAKO Hotel, Souq Al Wakrah Hotel by Tivoli

3. The Pearl, Qatar

If you want to enjoy luxurious living standards with high ended amenities all around, you surely need to live in the Pearl. Most of the international population has made the Pearl island their home. Some of the Pearl island’s famous areas with the most population are Porto Arabia, Qanat Quartier, Abraj Quartier, and Viva Bahriya. 

Viva Bahria comprises stunning Moroccan-styled residential towers around the enviable turquoise beach waters. Porto Arabia towers are located in the bustling heart of Qanat Quartier stand out because of its scenic and colorful architecture and Abraj Quartier has the tallest buildings on the island with breathtaking views of the mainland across the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Apartments here are modern with breathtaking views, premium class facilities, fully equipped amenities, and many outdoor lounges. The area is extremely pet friendly along with the beaches too! Click here to view properties in The Pearl. Medina Centrale precinct is a town square inspired by the charming ambiance of the Mediterranean. The precinct regularly comes alive with celebrations and events as it turns into a pedestrian-only area on winter weekends. The Pearl island is home to local and international food restaurants and cafes along with luxurious brand shopping stores.

Metro Stations: Legtaifiya Metro Station (Red Line)

Grocery Store: Monoprix

Entertainment: Megapolis, Kiddy Zone, and NOVO Cinemas

Hotel: Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences

4. West Bay

West Bay is a significant hotspot of Doha which includes many modern buildings unlike others, some of the tallest skyscrapers in Qatar, a myriad of attractions, commercial towers, institutes, and residential buildings. Click here to view properties in West Bay. West Bay is also home to some known government offices and foreign embassies.

In the West Bay, there are some stand-alone villas, a few compounds, Zig Zag Towers, and West Bay apartments available for rent for residents of Qatar. Due to the high value of the place and centralized location, the rents tend to be on the luxurious side. Adding more to the cost of living, there are malls, high-end international restaurants, cafes, and five stars hotels for amazing dining experiences, nightlife, and entertainment.

Metro Stations: Corniche, West Bay QIC, DECC, and Al Qassar Metro Station (Red Line)

Grocery Store & Malls: Monoprix, Carrefour, City Centre Mall, The Gate Mall, Lagoona Mall

Parks: Umbrella Park, 5 / 6 Park, and Sheraton Hotel Park

Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort, Marriot Marquis, Crowne Plaza, Centara West Bay, Retaj Al Rayyan, Hilton Doha, Movenpick Hotel, Grand Hyatt West Bay and more

5. Abu Hamour

Abu Hamour is another quiet and well-developed area that proves itself to be very family-friendly due to the number of local and international schools. Abu Hamour has well-maintained villa compounds that have amenities like pools, security, gyms, and various stand-alone villas. If you are interested, click here to view the list of schools in Abu Hamour.

Abu Hamour is an increasingly popular choice for retailers. A number of retail outlets have opened their branches in the neighborhood. Notable grocery stores like Ansar Gallery, Regency Hypermarket, Al Meera & and Dar Salam Mall with kids play area present. A number of gyms and medical centers could be found anywhere near you in Abu Hamour. If you wish to live here, click here to view properties in Abu Hamour. 

6. Al Sadd 

Al Sadd is the busiest neighboring area of the capital of Qatar, Doha. Al Sadd is what seems like a huge business park with a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops. It is home to thousands of residents from all over the world. Because of its central location, Al Sadd has witnessed an addition of thousands of residential units, mainly building apartments. Click here to view properties in Al Sadd.

The nightlife in Al Sadd is also very famous as there are many four and five-star hotels along with high-end restaurants around the place. Hamad Medical City, the oldest and the largest place of specialized government hospitals is also in Al Sadd you won’t ever have to worry about a hospital that is too far.

Metro Stations: Al Messila, Hamad Hospital (Green Line), Joaan and Al Sadd Metro Station (Gold Line)

Grocery Store & Malls: Al Asmakh Mall, Royal Plaza Mall, Al Meera, Mirqab Mall, Doha Souq Mall, Lulu Department Store

Kids Entertainment: Toys R Us

Hotel: Wyndham Grand Regency, Warwick Doha, Double-Tree by Hilton, La Cigale, Doha and more

7. Old Airport

Old Airport Area is also known as Matar Qadeem, and this area will make you feel like Qatar is a lot more populous than you think. Owing to the advantage of its location,  numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, fast food joints, tea & coffee shops are concentrated here. Flat buildings dominate the area with a few standalone villas and compound villas. Due to the advantage of the location and high demand the properties have slightly higher rates than the same apartments in other areas. Click here to view properties in Old Aiport.

Most of the residents in Qatar prefer Old Aiport area due to the ease of having everything near them. The busiest road is the Old Airport road which has every business and shops you can ask for. The area also has notable western and local schools.  

Metro Stations: Oqba Bin Nafae and Al Matar Al Qadeem Metro Station (Red Line)

Grocery Store & Malls: The Mall, Lulu Hypermarket, Ansar Gallery, and Family Food Centre

Parks: Old Airport Park

8. Al Khor 

Al Khor, 50 km to the northeast of Doha, is a secluded city home to vast beaches, various resorts, natural reserves, and cultural attractions.  Over the years, Al Khor has been developed in every way to accommodate communities living there with the best facilities. When we say every facility, we mean it because Al Khor also has its own corniche! Click here to know more. 

If you are planning to move to Al Khor, then Al Khor Community, located in Umm Enaig area,  makes up the biggest housing community in the city. It has a well-developed infrastructure, including a private clinic, sports facilities, Al Meera supermarket, a library, Al Khor International School, a skate park, and playgrounds. Other than this, click here to find more listings of residential properties in Al Khor on our website. 

FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium

Grocery Store & Malls: Al Khor Mall, Ansar Gallery, Al Meera, Lulu Hypermarket Hyatt Plaza

Parks: Al Khor Zoo & Park, Al Bayt Stadium Park

Hotel: Al Sultan Beach Resort

9. Al Waab & Al Azizyah

Waab is an Arabic word that means ‘’ a vast area that accommodates things’’. Owning to its name, Al Waab area sure does accommodate a lot of facilities and entertainment and so does its neighboring area, Al Aziziyah.

Al Waab and Al Azizyah are home to many gated compounds, a few apartments, and stand-alone villas. The villas are spacious with facilities of pools and maintenance along with 24/7 security.  Al Waab is comparatively quieter than Al Azizyah that has a number of cafes, restaurants, and dessert shops. Al Waab also accommodates various private health, skin, and dental care clinics. There are a number of schools Western-curriculum and local schools, click here to view the list of schools in Al Waab. If you wish to live here, click here to view properties in Al Waab and Al Aziziyah.

Metro Stations: Al Waab, Sport City, and Al Azizyah Metro Station (Gold Line)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium

Grocery Store & Malls: Villagio, Hyatt Plaza

Parks: Aspire Park & Al Waab Family Park

Kids Entertainment: Kidzania and Gondolania Theme Park in Villagio Mall

Hotel: The Torch Hotel

10. Duhail

Duhail is an area where you would feel the presence of the locals more, you might end up with a Qatari neighbor. In this case, any event that takes place in their house, you would always have sweets for your house too! Stand-alone villas and gated compound villas dominate Duhail with very quiet and neat surroundings. You can easily get a villa apartment at a much affordable rate. Click here to view properties in Duhail.

Duhail is home to the prestigious Qatar University and College of North Atlantic along with many international schools. Duhail has two subareas, Duhail North and Duhail South. Duhail South usually gets a bit busy due to the two malls and the family park. Also, Duhail has private medical centers in abundance.

Grocery Store & Malls: Landmark Mall, Carrefour, Tawar mall and Spar 

Food Drive-in: Destination Box, Al Duhail Sports Club

Parks: Dahl Al Hamam/Gharaffa Park

Kids Entertainment: Bounce in Tawar Mall

In short, there is something to fit any persons’ living needs and wants when it comes to different residential areas in Qatar. We hope you find our recommendations useful because it is crucial to have information from authentic and trusted sources to make the best decision. Whatever the reason may be for choosing your next home, be sure to visit our website for the biggest variety of residential properties in Qatar.


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