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Social sports

Doha may not be a haven of nightclubs, yet, but it is ideal for outdoorsy types. It’s flush with beachfront, and expats can be seen riding jetskis or paddleboarding down by the marina.  

“Athletic and sports-related activities are hugely promoted here,” says Thompson, referencing the fact that Doha is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Recently, the government introduced a new national holiday: National Sports Day.

There is also an Australian football team in Doha, called the Doha Kangaroos, who compete regionally. “They were runners up in the grand final this year,” Billings tells us with palpable pride.

Setting up

Work visas are issued by employers, but if you find work (even from abroad), getting one sorted shouldn’t be difficult. For those who want to find work on location, two-week tourist visas can be acquired at the airport. Visit onlineqatar.com for more info.

The Money pit

Not all companies pay for housing, and rents can be pricey. The most basic two-bedroom flat will set you back £1200 a month. One drawback of speedy development is also shoddy construction.

“Expect crooked walls and sloppy tiling,” says Euan Berry. Al Mansoura, Najma and Al Sadd are some of the best areas for young expats, as they’re close to local shops and restaurants, and never far from a taxi. For high-end digs, check out the flats on artificial island The Pearl.

 

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