Is this a good city for single people? For couples? For families? Why or why not?
If you're a single western man, you'll probably do just fine, granted that you're into Southeast Asian women. I've heard that single Western women can do alright, but again you're probably looking at dating a lot of non-Westerners.
We are married without kids and found Doha to be extremely boring about 95% of the time, as there is a shocking lack of things to do in a city of this size.
Families have it best, as Doha is geared to those with kids. Almost every event in town is catered to families with little ones. Even then, I'm told many families spend their weekends like the rest of us: in front of the TV wishing there was more to do. - May 2017
If you are single and want to mingle... you will find plenty of opportunities. Tinder is huge here, but, as with any dating scene, you have to kiss a lot of frogs.
For couples, it's fine. Again, not a ton to do, but at least you have an evening Netflix buddy.
For families, this post is great. There are tons of families here, so their opportunities to socialize around kid-based activities are plentiful. - May 2017
maybe families. no public display of affection. unmarried couples risk arrest if caught alone. - May 2015
Families seem to like it, since the school is very good and the country in general is pretty family-oriented. Couples and singles often don't have much to do. There's a decent amount of cultural and athletic activities going on, but it's very difficult to go out anywhere in Doha. The city is hugely spread out, traffic is horrendous, and parking is always a problem, so even just going out on a simple expedition will take hours and often it's just not worth the effort for most people. - Feb 2015
EXCELLENT for families. I might be bored as a single person or someone without kids. - Apr 2012
No for all. Singles will have to go to a mall to kill time. Couples will have to interact with others from their own countries. Families, the men work, women watch TV all day. - Mar 2012
Families with kids seem to do the best here. Some single people do fine, but others are unhappy. You have to be able to entertain yourself. - Mar 2012
This place is the Mac Daddy for families! I think singles and couples may find it a bit boring. If you like to entertain in a spacious home and you like having your kids running in and out of the house with a gaggle of neighborhood friends, this is the place to be. If you want a bustling metropolitan cultural mecca, you may want to pass on this post. - Jan 2012
More so for families than for couples and singles. There is a party scene but it is a bit shady from what i've heard. - Jun 2011
Families do very well. I have also heard that there is a decent single scene if you are into clubs and restaurants. I think couples have a harder time. - Oct 2010
Probably best for families. Although everyone seems to find their niche and do fine. - Dec 2009
Yes, depends on if you are male or female, gay or straight, and yes. Look, there isn't that much to do here, so if you are self contained you'll be fine. If you are dating you might find it a little bleak. As with everything, its what you make of it. - Sep 2008