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Postby Sergei82 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:00 am

Is it worth paying attention to Qatar if something happens with my job in Singapore?
Single guy, no children, 30 yo.
It looks like GDP per capita is twice as high there in comparison with Singapore.
Has anybody been there?

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Postby Callput » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:50 am

I am not a person who likes to plan things in advance, they just happen and I go with the flow. Singapore just happened. Before getting my offer, I didnt even know that the capital of Singapore is Singapore :D

I suggest dont fixate on one country and think so much about it, just enjoy your time as long as it is good, you are single anyways and when the time comes for a change there will be something good in store for you that you could have never thought about :)

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Postby BillyB » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:55 am

What industry are you in, Sergei? I think your asking a very subjective question that will bring mixed opinion.

Also, GDP per capita is an average that takes no standard deviation into account, so whilst it is a good indicator of general quality of living it is not a reliable measure on which to base decisions

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Postby Callput » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:57 am

He works for a swiss bank in IT :) I know Qatar is a big market for private banking due some really high net worth individuals there, but I dont think many banks have large presense there, it just a branch to show local presence. I would imagine it to be hard to get an IT bank job there.
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Postby v4jr4 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:57 am

Sergei82 wrote:Is it worth paying attention to Qatar if something happens with my job in Singapore?
Single guy, no children, 30 yo.
It looks like GDP per capita is twice as high there in comparison with Singapore.
Has anybody been there?


Qatar, eh?
Well, it's not related, but I've read a book about someone who was working as a barista in Arab. The conclusion is, he won't go back there.
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Postby Callput » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:00 am

v4jr4 wrote:
Sergei82 wrote:Is it worth paying attention to Qatar if something happens with my job in Singapore?
Single guy, no children, 30 yo.
It looks like GDP per capita is twice as high there in comparison with Singapore.
Has anybody been there?


Qatar, eh?
Well, it's not related, but I've read a book about someone who was working as a barista in Arab. The conclusion is, he won't go back there.


All of ME is not bad, KSA is particularly bad, DXB is the best. Others are somewhere in between.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:12 am

I have a family friend who worked for an American bank in London, who went and earned silly money setting up a Private Client Ops department in Qatar. In fact the Middle East (Dubai, AD, Bahrain, Qatar) was on the circuit for these guys. Not really my cup of tea but if you can deal with the lifestyle change, they seem to pay you well.

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Postby Sergei82 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:15 am

Callput wrote:
All of ME is not bad, KSA is particularly bad, DXB is the best. Others are somewhere in between.



What are all those? :o

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Postby Callput » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:18 am

ME -> Middle East
KSA -> Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
DXB -> Dubai ;)

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Postby Sergei82 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:29 am

Callput wrote:ME -> Middle East
KSA -> Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
DXB -> Dubai ;)


Why Dubai is the best? Doesn't it look like Singapore: reminds me a huge vacuum cleaner that sucks in all the dust rapidly (low-wage workforce from 3rd world countries) and then spits it out altogether when it is completely full. Dubai should be hit by the recession even harder. Although, there are many more expats in Dubai than in Doha...

If possible, just wanted to know if anybody can provide me with comparison Doha vs Singapore. That's why I'm asking this question here, not on Qatar expats forum.

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Postby the lynx » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:42 am

Sergei82 wrote:
Callput wrote:ME -> Middle East
KSA -> Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
DXB -> Dubai ;)


Why Dubai is the best? Doesn't it look like Singapore: reminds me a huge vacuum cleaner that sucks in all the dust rapidly (low-wage workforce from 3rd world countries) and then spits it out altogether when it is completely full. Dubai should be hit by the recession even harder. Although, there are many more expats in Dubai than in Doha...

If possible, just wanted to know if anybody can provide me with comparison Doha vs Singapore. That's why I'm asking this question here, not on Qatar expats forum.


For starters, you can use this to compare the living costs. Pretty nifty, I'd say.

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=Singapore&country2=Qatar&city1=Singapore&city2=Doha

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Postby Callput » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:58 am

Sergei82 wrote:
Callput wrote:ME -> Middle East
KSA -> Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
DXB -> Dubai ;)


Why Dubai is the best? Doesn't it look like Singapore: reminds me a huge vacuum cleaner that sucks in all the dust rapidly (low-wage workforce from 3rd world countries) and then spits it out altogether when it is completely full. Dubai should be hit by the recession even harder. Although, there are many more expats in Dubai than in Doha...

If possible, just wanted to know if anybody can provide me with comparison Doha vs Singapore. That's why I'm asking this question here, not on Qatar expats forum.


I was responding to Vajra, Dubai is least Islam fundamentalist

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Postby Sergei82 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:05 pm

the lynx wrote:
Sergei82 wrote:
Callput wrote:ME -> Middle East
KSA -> Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
DXB -> Dubai ;)


Why Dubai is the best? Doesn't it look like Singapore: reminds me a huge vacuum cleaner that sucks in all the dust rapidly (low-wage workforce from 3rd world countries) and then spits it out altogether when it is completely full. Dubai should be hit by the recession even harder. Although, there are many more expats in Dubai than in Doha...

If possible, just wanted to know if anybody can provide me with comparison Doha vs Singapore. That's why I'm asking this question here, not on Qatar expats forum.


For starters, you can use this to compare the living costs. Pretty nifty, I'd say.

http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=Singapore&country2=Qatar&city1=Singapore&city2=Doha


Considering I don't drink beer at home and my meal rarely exceeds 10 USD (in fact, I'm on diet most of the time) after browsing Qatar expats forums I found out that accomodation is significantly (!) cheaper in Doha. And that is the biggest line in expenses for most of the expats here. Lower accomodation expense + higher salaries (depends on position and company, of course) == double win.
Jail for extramarital relationships is not taken seriously by expats there...

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Postby zzm9980 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 12:30 pm

Callput wrote:I was responding to Vajra, Dubai is least Islam fundamentalist


Just don't have sex on the beach...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7673046.stm

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Postby v4jr4 » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 1:11 pm

Callput wrote:I was responding to Vajra, Dubai is least Islam fundamentalist


Still, I will try not to make an eye contact with someone in burqa or niqab :D

Sergei82 wrote:Considering I don't drink beer at home and my meal rarely exceeds 10 USD (in fact, I'm on diet most of the time) after browsing Qatar expats forums I found out that accomodation is significantly (!) cheaper in Doha. And that is the biggest line in expenses for most of the expats here. Lower accomodation expense + higher salaries (depends on position and company, of course) == double win.


Apart from the accommodations, the range of haram items, which may be used by us who don't mind, may raise your eyebrows (take a look at this and this).

Quite a challenge I must say, considering the location and culture :D
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