Living costs remain high in Qatar despite relative stabilization of rents

June 30, 2010

The cost of living remains high in Qatar despite the relative stabilization of rents, a Qatari daily has said.

Rising prices of basic commodities and services are to blame for the demanding living conditions.

“We appreciate the efforts of the Consumer Protection Department of the Ministry of Business and Trade but the prices of essentials continue to rise,” Abdul Rahman Al Abbasi, a Qatari national, said. “People with limited income are the worst sufferers in these times of rising prices,” he said.

According to Al Abbasi, although the general belief is that house rents have come down substantially, the reality is that the decline has been minimal.

Cars, a necessity in the country, are a burden on householders, especially, as auto spare parts are expensive, he said.

Sultan bin Mohammad, another Qatari national, said the authorities needed to monitor retail outlets more often to keep the price rise under check.

“Recently, there has been unreasonable increase in the rates of essentials,” said Sultan. “We need parity with the neighbouring countries in the pricing of essentials.” Provision stores outside Doha tend to exploit the consumers more, perhaps, because of few worries of being raided by the consumer protection department’s inspectors, another national said.

“Prices are going up by the day and shops, especially those which are outside Doha tend to exploit the consumers more,” said Jaser Al Jaser.

The consumer protection watchdog keeps urging retailers to check the price rise but in vain.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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