What is your housing like? What are typical housing sizes, locations, and commute times for expatriates?

The housing is comfortable, and typically quite spacious. Our furnished apartment was great, though it lacked outdoor space. Where you run into trouble is the build quality standards. There aren't any. Even though a lot of the properties in Doha might look fantastic, they constantly have serious issues like bursting and/or leaking pipes, mold, craftsmanship, etc. As one Facilities Manager put it to me "it's a city of finely polished turds." - May 2017


Housing is very nice in general. The rapid growth of the city means that there's a lot of construction, however, and that has encroached on some employees' housing, resulting in noise disturbances at all hours. The housing committee does their very best to make sure that employees are placed in homes that are least effected by this, but it's a difficult nuisance to avoid. - May 2017


full range from apartments to villas, from an hour commute to walk to work - May 2015


There are a huge variety of types and locations of housing here, from apartments to townhouses to "villas." They're spread out across the city, commute times vary from 2 to 45 minutes. Most housing is fairly large, but with very little storage space (and iiittty bitty "closets"). Other than the apartments, the housing is all on compounds. - Feb 2015


Large, comfortable housing in safe compounds with excellent amenities. - Apr 2012


The rich ones live in compounds named Bel Air, Palm Springs, etc., (you get the picture). The not so rich ones live in shabby condos. The poor ones (laborers from Asia) live in tiny tin roof shacks, many without air conditioning. - Mar 2012


My commute isn't bad - 15 or 20 minutes. There is a lot of traffic in the city though, and it's getting worse every year. They are building a new roads infrastructure, but in the meantime the traffic will get even worse has they block off the roads for construction. - Mar 2012


Expats tend to live in gated compounds that are quite swanky, decked out with sparkling pools, gyms, club houses, playgrounds, restaurants, mini marts, etc. Houses are modern and bright. Ours has a lovely garden and patio which our garden maintains for about $40 USD a month. Commute times very. It takes my husband about twenty minutes to get to work. - Jan 2012


Most expats live in compounds. They are provided with all the amenities (gym, swimming pool, playground, supermarket etc.) - Jun 2011


Most everyone lives in compounds. Most are very nice. All Al Afardan compounds are suitable. There are a few others that are nice as well. The villas are quite large, with all-tile floors. No matter what, commutes are horrible. There is constant traffic in Doha. - Oct 2010


Nice villas throughout the city in housing compounds with people that look the same as us but make tremendous amounts of money through their oil companies. Everyone we've met is from Texas and is affiliated with an oil company. Their salaries and glamorous lifestyles make it difficult for government-salaried individuals to play in the same sand box. Villas are big, but the have virtually no closets or storage, so plan accordingly. Bring armoires or storage units. Limited green space. Wonderful children's parks, swimming pools and workout facilities. - Dec 2009


Compounds with others who look like you. If you don't have the government or an oil company paying your rent, forget about it!I heard of one expat renting a room, a single room, in his villa for QR6000 - that's close to US$2,000.Just outrageous. Rich people raise the rents on their properties every year, forcing the rent paying working class to take the kids out of school and send them home because they can't afford to work here and have a family. It's a huge problem. - Sep 2008


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