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Do you want to be a fat cat in Qatar, or watch Beyoncé in Abu Dhabi?
Residents of Doha are better paid than anyone else in the Middle East. But Abu Dhabi and Dubai still outrank the Qatar capital when it comes to entertainment, health, transport and communications.
March 7, 2010 4:22 by kippreport
Dubai has the Burj Khalifa, the Metro and an indoor ski dome. Abu Dhabi has the Emirates Palace, F1 and Beyoncé concerts. And Doha has… well, Doha has a lot of people who are very happy with their paycheques, by all accounts.
According to a survey issued today by Bayt.com and YouGov Siraj, 7 percent of professionals in Qatar are ‘highly satisfied’ with their salaries. This was the highest proportion in the entire Middle East, where salary satisfaction fell by an average of two percentage points; 5 percent of UAE residents said they were ‘highly satisfied’ with their salaries.
Doha also beats the UAE in terms of actual pay. The report found that 39 percent of Qatar’s professionals earn between $3,001 and $8,000 each month, compared with 37 percent of professionals in the UAE. A whopping 12 percent of professionals in Qatar earn more than $8,000 each month, compared with 10 percent in the UAE.
So, is it time to move to Doha? Not necessarily. For while salaries may be a little higher in Qatar, the UAE cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi still outrank Doha in terms of entertainment, healthcare and infrastructure, according to a recent survey by Kipp’s sister title Saneou al Hadath.
The Arabic business magazine’s list of ‘best Arab cities’ ranked Qatar top in the business and security categories, but Doha was below Abu Dhabi and Dubai in terms of entertainment, health, transport & communication. This helped push Qatar into third place in the overall list, with Abu Dhabi and Dubai placing first and second, respectively.
So while Doha residents may earn more, they have fewer opportunities to spend money on the fun things in life. And it’s worth bearing this in mind before you book that one-way flight…