Single woman moving to qatar

Susanne
By Susanne

Hello to all,
as so many others I am considering moving to Qatar.
Most of the threads I read were about families moving to Qatar, but as I do not have to take care about anybody, how much money will you need per month as a single person?
I think that I will get a housing allowance and free meals, but will need a car and I don't know which extra costs come with an apartment. Also, I heard about villa-sharing - how does it work and where do you find people to share a villa with?
What about sports in Qatar? I am a race-biking freak, so is it possible to bike there in general and especially as a woman?
Thanks for your answers and greetings from Germany

By mirajimar• 14 years 8 months ago.
mirajimar

The suggested site is very helpful and informative. Thanks.

The site made mention of tourist agencies as possible sponsors for tourist visa. As I and my two (2) companions plan to go to Qatar early next year on a vacation, and possibly on exploration of job opportunities, I am wondering if you know of a tourist agency or a sponsor who can secure a tourist or visit visa for us. I have many concerns about moving and working in Qatar, among others, but for now, this will do.

Your reply shall be highly appreciated.

By mrbeeakalilben• 14 years 8 months ago.
mrbeeakalilben

pls come soon.. will see u in airport..

By Vegas• 14 years 8 months ago.
Vegas

Post Euro....

Germany is way more expensive than here...

In 1982 I could get a huge Scnitzel sandwich, fries and a beer for one US dollar...

Last time I was there it was like 20 euro...

I'd be getting the heck out of there too...

You can't teach experience...

By Susanne• 14 years 8 months ago.
Susanne

Hey Martin, sorry, I still live in berlin. I will fly there around December 15th to stay there for...we will see :-)

Beer seems to be really expensive, good that I do not really like it.. Here you bay between 2 Euros (in a cheap!!! bar) and 5 Euros in an expensive hotel bar (in the hip in-bars or 5-Star-Deluxe Hotels even more).

Looking forward to meeting all you german guys there (and qatarisun who'll find the perfect match for everybody?!?!)

By anonymous• 14 years 8 months ago.
anonymous

Good morning,

I agree to disagree, having lived in Germany for over 30 years I find that many prices here overtake the food budget I had in Germany.

Mcdonalds is not that cheap either wherever you go in the world the only advantage is that its fast if you are hungry.

I'm not sure what you pay for a beer in Germany but here you are paying for a can of beer anything from QR22,-- upwards if you go for a glass of wine you pay QR 30,-- and in the Rydges you only get half a glass for that.

By eva37de• 14 years 8 months ago.
eva37de

I really don't agree with ***You will spend less money here on everyday living than you do in Germany.****

If you stick to Mc Donalds and shawarmas maybe... but not if you go to the supermarket and want to cook a nice meal..... sorry..... my budget for food and daily things doubled in the last 4 years...... am i the only one???

Not talking about going out, where you can have a beer or so..... there it is getting definitly expensive...

by the way, i am german too

By qatarisun• 14 years 8 months ago.
qatarisun

I am hired! I am hired!!

NOW I know what to say on my future interviews!!! just few words: I CAN HELP YOU TO MANAGE THE BUDGET OF THE COMPANY!..lol...

By Muella• 14 years 8 months ago.
Muella

Don't worry. You will work with my budgets anyway ;-) I'll take your offer LOL

By qatarisun• 14 years 8 months ago.
qatarisun

too late! just was going to work as a matchmaker for today... but you guys are too fast... you deprived me of my commissions...lol...

By Muella• 14 years 8 months ago.
Muella

Hi Susanne,

bin auch grad am überlegen ob ich nach Doha ziehe. Wohnst Du zufällig in München oder Umgebung ? Dann könnten wir uns ja mal austauschen. War grad 5 Tage in Doha und bin mit vielen gemischten Gefühlen zurückgekommen.

Liebe Grüsse von

Martin

By nush• 14 years 8 months ago.
nush

Like all of them have mentioned, the killes is the RENT. If you're one who loves dining out and enjoys clubbing, than surely your expensives would be more than a 1000 riyals a month. If you're a homebound on the other hand....than you could actually save quite a bit.

By Susanne• 14 years 9 months ago.
Susanne

...seems as living in Qatar will become very interesting...do you think 300 QR monthly is enough for water and electricity if you have only a one or two room apartment?

By Joppee• 14 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 2/5
Joppee

1:

You will spend less money here on everyday living than you do in Germany. Its cheaper in the supermarket, The cars are cheaper, the gas is almost free.

1b> For renting a flat/villa thats a different story. The amount of available objects seem to be raising. But, by som strange factor so is the rents. The rents here as you alreade now is very high. But finding something should not be a problem. And dont try to fix ahead in Germany, forget it. Most things here is made available NOW, and meaning NOW. So, if a newbuilding is scheduled for completion, you will not see it advertised until its completded. But when you come here you talk to co workers and you will find something! Extra cost for living. That would be for electricity and water. Included in flats. Not more than 1000Qr for a small villa if you are average careful during the summer.

2. Biking No idea, listen to others. I will go playing icehockey when my equipment arrives. So, as you see most things is here, but you may have too look for it. But in the summer.... 50 deg/c.....

Hope you find Qatar nice.

By swissgirl39• 14 years 9 months ago.
swissgirl39

Wünsche dir viel Glück für deine Zeit in Doha.

Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz.

:-D

*Create your own destiny,fighting against your dark sides,raise your

spirituality.Every day is a new day.A new life.

Keep the faith!*

By anonymous• 14 years 9 months ago.
anonymous

I have just sent you a PM on who is the best contact here from the Germans they do a lot to support each other so no worries on that.

By Susanne• 14 years 9 months ago.
Susanne

Just to make it clear, in the German text I was just asking if there's anybody else here from Germany and if there are some crazy race-biking people here.

And please, Nazis are a minority in Germany!!!! No normal German citizen wants to be called a Nazi... German people are as open-minded and interested in other cultures and religions as the rest of the world - you will have some "foul eggs" in every country, I guess. But the average German is not a Nazi.

Sorry for bothering you with that stuff, but this issue is very important to me :-)

By the way, Beer is really good in Germany;-)

Cheers!

By ainarl• 14 years 9 months ago.
ainarl

"waiting is an art, timing is everyting"

By anonymous• 14 years 9 months ago.
anonymous

Everything normal thank you and yourself?? Have a lot of work today so I will not be able to follow thw post too much.

Susanne

To all your questions - many have answered them very clearly, there is a "Deutsch Stammtisch" here and also a quite large German community so you will be able to join many things. I will PM you the e-mail of one of the great organises of all German getogethers, however, she is going to Dubai this week and there is another lady taking over I don't have the email address here.

To biking - it would be on a normal day extremely dangerous however, Doha does have a biking club - on the streets you are playing with your life just driving a car never mind riding a bicycle. Which means the traffic out here takes some getting used to and although there are rules and regulations in place it is not like Germany.

There are a of of clubs and other things out here however, your life quality is made by you - so just come and enjoy what Qatar has to offer.

By ksarat16• 14 years 9 months ago.
ksarat16

Morning to you girl, hmmmm...alright no jokes about the Nazi camps...it was just a sign of telling its al in German in here...but then I'm sure that must be something qite bad and sad...so no Nazi Camps...

Alright, so how are you girl, hows things going...?

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By anonymous• 14 years 9 months ago.
anonymous

Good Morning, no jokes about the Nazi Camps please not worth the effort, if you had seen one in real you would understand so no joke.

By ksarat16• 14 years 9 months ago.
ksarat16

Morning buddies...looks like we have a Nazi Camp running in here with all the German...good for you people...

Whatever the above posts mean...I for sure know one thing...is Beer is always NICE...and for this I'm sure I'll have a lot of people agreeing...

So CHEERS ! ! ! (it's a bit too early in the morning but its never too early for a glass of fermented water...O well)...

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By Vegas• 14 years 9 months ago.
Vegas

We have beer here...

I'm sure you will have many voulunteers to pick you up at the airport...

See ya soon...

You can't teach experience...

By knoxcollege• 14 years 9 months ago.
knoxcollege

her next thread title is not

"Single woman moving out of Qatar"

By Susanne• 14 years 9 months ago.
Susanne

...are a good combination!

Cheers, Vegas! Looking forward to meeting you when I'm in Qatar! :-)

By Vegas• 14 years 9 months ago.
Vegas

Iche sprechen kine deutsch...LOL

Miena EX frau was deutch...LOL

Hein beer bitte...

Yay for Susanne...

You can't teach experience...

By thatguy• 14 years 9 months ago.
thatguy

doha has beef shipped in from Australia... and i believe there is veal

By Susanne• 14 years 9 months ago.
Susanne

...which means Schnitzel Vienna Style with luke warm potato salad...

So you like Schnitzel, Vegas? But I hope they have beef there in Qatar, and when they have beef, they should have veal as well - original Schnitzel is made from veal.

Na klar spreche ich auch Deutsch - noch jemand hier, und ist vielleicht zufällig auch jemand hier, derin Qatar Rennrad fährt? :-)

By Vegas• 14 years 9 months ago.
Vegas

Just because she is in Germany doesn't mean she speaks German...

Maybe she is from PI???

Bring schnitzel Susanne...:)

You can't teach experience...

By Vegas• 14 years 9 months ago.
Vegas

Yeah not much free time here...

Work work work...

I must be a slave...

Oh wait that's the other thread...

Welcome to DOHA....

You can't teach experience...

By Susanne• 14 years 9 months ago.
Susanne

...they already told me that there was not so much to do in your free time in qatar - they also mentioned that as I will not have so much free time this won't matter...poor me ;-)

By amnesia• 14 years 9 months ago.
amnesia

feel free to find a few links related to cost of living on the website below.

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By thatguy• 14 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
thatguy

now time for some real tips...

bring these items...

1. a good digital camera (this place can be great)

2. some sunblock

3. patients (it can take longer to drive to some places than to walk)

4. some free time (because there are alot of beaches and things to do)

other than that... i think you will be fine

By Gypsy• 14 years 9 months ago.
Gypsy

Oh, international schools...um they tend to be a bit further away. You'll defintely need a car in this city.

"You don't have to like me for who I am but we'll see what you're made of by what you make of me." Ani Difranco

By Gypsy• 14 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Gypsy

Museum Road, I'm not sure where that is (I'm awful with the road names) but I think it might be off the Corniche. So you can find apartments reasonably near there, but nothing in this city is walking distance. Look up near Jaidah Flyover or Muntazah for apartments. 10QAR is more then enough, you should have no problems finding a nice place with a bit left over.

"You don't have to like me for who I am but we'll see what you're made of by what you make of me." Ani Difranco

By OrangKedah• 14 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
OrangKedah

Hi Gypsy.... my housing allowance is QR10k per month. Will I be able to get a 1) 1-bedrooom f/f apartment, or 2) 2-bedroom f/f apartment with this allowance? I will be moving to Qatar this Sunday. My office is situated along Museum Road... will I be able to get any accommodation near there within this budget? Any internatiol schools within that area? Thanks

By Susanne• 14 years 9 months ago.
Susanne

Hey Ksarat, I'm fine, hope you are as well...

Thanks for you reply, I like your long posts :-)

Looks as if I am going to spend more money than I gonna earn ;-)

By ksarat16• 14 years 9 months ago.
ksarat16

Buddy, i have been here for a while now...and i keep in touch with the things happenin in the city...so do quite a few of us...

Imp things to discuss bout this place...dude...let me tell u upfront...i aint a pimp and i dont know where u wud get that...LOL...whats that u want to discuss bout this place...

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By skdkak• 14 years 9 months ago.
skdkak

Hi buddy, How have you been. Are uou are a mobile encyclopedia about Qatar... ????

I need some impt. things to discuss about this place.. How do we do it..

..**.. ""They walk among us. They vote & they even reproduce"" ..**..

By ksarat16• 14 years 9 months ago.
ksarat16

I wonder why am I posting too long threads these days...that is bad of me...I need to cut short the replies...anyways...

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By ksarat16• 14 years 9 months ago.
ksarat16

First up...hey buddy how you doing?

Second a couple of my replies to your enormous amount of questions...(kidding there)...

1)Your question as to how much money would you require as a single person is something that is very subjective and it gets quite tough to place a figure since it depends from person to person, based on their normal routine life, their social life and their entertainment means, and ofcourse not to forget their standard of living...

While you have mentioned that greetings are from Germany, if I were to presume that you come from Germany and since you would quite used to the easy going social life there I would place a price at the figure ranging from QR 5000 - QR 7000, which is just your basic salary excluding your allowances...

2) Transport will cost you about QR 1500/- for a nice car per month to own one.

3) Extra income with the house: well girl, there would be utlities to take care of like Elect, Phone, Water which are associated with every other house in the entire world.

4) Villa-sharing: Well that does happen due to the fact about the steep high rents in Qatar. You could find yourself a couple of places here on this Site, in the local newspapers.

Villa sharing is basically the same way you would do if you are staying with your friends in hostels or backpackers around the world. The only thing it is legal there, illegal there. People take a big villa, create a couple of plywood partitions, paint them up and create a seprate entrance and there you go - you have a new house ready to use...most of the times you would find that this really not good, but then all those times people end up looking at their pockets...

Sports: Recreation is there in Qatar...but I wouldn't be able to comment on Race-bikers...you would have to wait for someone like me to come by and leave you that reply...

Cheers...take care buddy...

Look at the opportunity that Qatar posts for you and dont think too much...

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By Gypsy• 14 years 9 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
Gypsy

Hi Susanne,

You're main issue will be rent. You need to make sure your housing allowance is between 7000 and 10,000QR or you won't be able to rent a place or afford to live. Personally I would be pushing for free company housing. You can Villa Share, but I recommend coming here first and finding someone, rather then doing it online from Germany.

Sports is big in Qatar, you can sign up for a membership at Aspire for pretty cheap, and there's loads of places to bike, you can go on the Corniche, up the North Road, or even at Aspire.

"You don't have to like me for who I am but we'll see what you're made of by what you make of me." Ani Difranco

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