Expats in Qatar - Statistics and Trends [Infographic]

Created: Dec 27, 2018

Updated: June 10, 2024

Did you know expats account for around 85.7% of total  Qatar population and more than 63% of expats are satisfied with their life. 63% Expats moved to Qatar for better job prospects and 44% moved to boost their earning potential. Check out our infographic "Expats Qatar" for latest expats statistics and trends including top industries for Expats, expats cost of living in Qatar and e-commerce in Qatar .

Expats In Qatar Statistics | Go-Globe Qatar

Infographic by GO Globe Qatar Website Design Company

Estimated population of Qatar – 2.716 Million

 Nationality %age
Nationals 11.6%
Non-nationals 88.4%

By Gender

Gender %age
Male 74.91%
Female 25.09%

Expats by Nationality

Nationality %age
Indian 24%
Nepali 16%
Filipino 11%

Top Industries for Expats Qatar

  Industry %age
Construction 25%
Education/Research/Translation 13%
Business services / professional consulting 10%

63% of Expats Qatar are satisfied with life  :

Very Satisfied 12%
Satisfied 25%
Mostly Satisfied 26%
Neutral 21%
Less than Satisfied 9%
Not Satisfied 5%
Not Satisfied at all 2%

Expats Qatar Cost of living :

Estimated Spending by Non-Qatari Households( %age of monthly spending)
Rent 34.16%
Food 14.99%
Transport 12.93%
Traveling abroad 9.11%
Education 5.58%
Communication 4.55%
Clothes and shoes 3.44%
Recreation and Entertainment 2.46%
Personal care 2.23%
Furniture and Appliances 1.79%
Household operations 1.51%
Medical care 0.98%
Tobacco, cigarettes and alcohol 0.38%
Others 5.89%

Population and Distribution For Expats Qatar :

  • Expats make up approximately 85% of Qatar’s total population.
  • Indian, Nepalese, Filipino, Bangladeshi, and Egyptian communities are the largest.
  • Doha, Al Wakrah, and Al Khor are the main cities where expatriates reside.
  • Expatriates occupy roles in construction, healthcare, finance, education, and more. They are crucial to Qatar’s infrastructure and development projects.
  • A significant portion of expatriates’ earnings is sent back to their home countries, contributing to global remittance flows.
  • Introduction of long-term visas for investors and highly skilled professionals to attract top talent.
  • Reforms to improve worker rights and conditions, making Qatar a more attractive destination for expatriates.
  • Focus on non-oil sectors like tourism, education, and technology. Major projects include the Qatar National Vision 2030 and preparations for the 2030 Asian Games.
  • World-class healthcare facilities and services are available to expatriates.
  • International schools and higher education institutions provide quality education options for expatriate children.
  • While living costs in Qatar have risen, the government is taking steps to ensure affordable housing and living standards for Expats Qatar.
  • Significant investments in smart city initiatives and digital infrastructure are creating new opportunities for expatriates in tech and innovation sectors.


Initiatives to increase employment among Qatari nationals may impact job security for expatriates.
The cost of living, particularly housing, remains a concern for expatriates in major cities like Doha.
While Qatar is culturally inclusive, expatriates may still face challenges adjusting to local customs and regulations.

Future Outlook

  •  Qatar is investing in green technologies and renewable energy, creating job opportunities in these sectors.
  •  Hosting the 2030 Asian Games and other international events will continue to boost Qatar’s global profile and attract expatriates.
  •  Ongoing investments in these areas will improve living standards for expatriate families, making Qatar a more attractive destination.
    Related : Expatriates In Qatar: Growth In The Employment Sector , E-Commerce In Qatar - Statistics And Trends

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