Saturday, September 3, 2011

Moving to Doha

Today we look at moving to Doha in Qatar from Lahore in Pakistan. We highlight cost of living and other major differences likely to be experienced in our series of short blogs on moving between different international locations.
In Doha people speak Arabic and English. In Lahore  people speak English, Urdu, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pashto and Balochi.

Doha is the capital and largest city of the state of Qatar. Lahore is the capital of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest city in Pakistan. Doha is Qatar's largest city, with over 80% of the nation's population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and is also the economic center of the country. Lahore has shifted in recent decades from manufacturing to service industries. Some 42% of its work force is employed in finance, banking, real estate, community, cultural, and social services. The city is the country's largest software producing center, and hosts a growing computer-assembly industry.

The overall cost of living rank in Doha is 84 out of 300 global locations, which equates it with high cost of living locations.  An expatriate moving from Lahore  to Doha will experience a change in cost of living of 46.3%.
In terms of the hardship people are likely to experience, assessed in global terms, Doha is ranked as a some hardship location with a hardship index of 20% compared to Lahore  with a hardship index of 40% which is an extreme hardship location.

Source: Cost of living Doha Qatar as at July 2011.