Doha, Qatar as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey.
A declining rental market
With housing supply exceeding demand and the number of incoming expatriates dropping, Doha’s rental market declined over the past year. New construction of housing units continues across Doha, especially in Lusail City, where expats with reduced budgets can find better properties at lower costs.
Trying to stay competitive with concessions
Some landlords remain competitive by offering concessions such as two months’ free rent or the inclusion of utilities in the rental price. Before the diplomatic blockade, many Doha-based expatriates traveled to cities in other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations for business meetings. Sources said that many meetings are now conducted virtually, since travel between Doha and the GCC countries can cost five times as much as it once did.
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