The best budget areas to live in Qatar

Where you can rent for as little as QR1,950 a month

The best budget areas to live in Qatar

Abu Hamour
While the average price for a one-bedroom apartment that’s unfurnished in Abu Hamour is approximately QR3,000, you can still find one for as low as QR2,500 per month. Abu Hamour is located on the left if you’re driving down Salwa Road. It’s a convenient area with everything from gas stations and hospitals to malls, restaurants and schools.

Al Gharrafa
This area mostly features standalone villas, compound societies and row houses. It’s a little away from central Doha, but it’s convenient for those who frequent Shamaal Road, Education City and the surrounding areas. A semi-furnished compound villa will cost around QR8.500 for four bedrooms. You can alternatively find studios and one-bedroom apartments for prices starting at QR3,000.

Al Kheesa
We know a lot of you secretly want to live close to Ikea and Al Kheesa is just a few minutes away from Doha Festival City. From sharing villas to apartments in low-rise buildings, there’s lots of budget accommodation in this fully residential neighbourhood. A brand-new studio (40 sq m) with modern fittings costs anywhere from QR2,000 to QR3,000, including electricity, water and internet.

Al Mansoura
Al Mansoura is a great areas for families, especially with how reasonable the prices for bigger sized apartments are. A lot of the buildings here are well constructed with good quality fittings and 24 hour maintenance services. You can find an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment for QR4,000 or a fully-furnished three bedroom apartment for QR6,500.

Doha Jadeeda
This isn’t the best area to live in, but it’s conveniently located and you can find reasonably priced accommodation. The area mostly has bachelors and a few families. The area has a metro station making it very convenient to move around the city but the only good reason to stay here would be close proximity to your place of work. A one-bedroom furnished apartment starts at QR4,000. The area also has a massive parking problem, so ensure your apartment comes with a dedicated parking spot.

Muntazah is perfect for bigger families – you can find a three-bedroom apartment for QR5,500. A fully furnished one-bedroom apartment starts at QR4,000. It’s a fully residential area with plenty of little stores for all your conveniences.

New Salata
New Salata is not very exciting an area to live in but for those who like the quiet and the mild isolation while being close to the city, it’s an ideal location. It’s the area behind Qatar Chamber and a studio in a villa will set you back QR2,500 per month.

Old Airport Road
If you’re looking at budget accommodation and convenience in Doha, you can’t do better than Old Airport Road. Some of Doha’s best budget restaurants are located right here and from garages and gas stations to malls and schools, the area is vast and has everything you need in case you never want to leave the zone. From beautiful apartments to luxurious villas, there’s something for solo renters, families and even corporates. The apartments start at QR3,500 for a single bedroom and QR4,500 for two. You’ll need a while to explore the entire area but whichever spot you pick, rest assured there’s a brilliant budget restaurant within walking distance.

Salwa Road
There are plenty of newly constructed housing societies and if you’re looking for a clean, efficient and reasonably priced apartment to live in, you might want to consider Salwa Road, especially if you work in surrounding areas such as Industrial area or Al Waab. A brand-new one-bedroom apartment that’s around 70 sq m in size costs QR2,500 per month.

Thumama is very close to Old Airport Road, E Ring Road, F Ring Road and G Ring Road. The area mostly has beautiful villas and if you’re a family, it is perfect. A two-bedroom apartment costs between QR4,000 and QR5,500, depending on whether it’s furnished or not. If you’re looking at an entire villa, you can find a three-bedroom standalone that’s furnished for QR9,000 or a villa in your very own compound for QR10,000.

Umm Ghuwailina
This area is quite popular due to its convenient location close to Souq Waqif, Msheireb, Old Airport Road, C Ring Road and the Corniche. There’s a health centre, three- and four-star hotels, offices, supermarkets and even a massive bookstore. The area is also popular for all the budget eats you can find here with dozens of little cafeterias and small restaurants. You can find a fully-furnished two bedroom apartment with one bathroom for QR4,500, or even lesser if unfurnished.

Wakra has always been far out of town until the Doha Metro started. A journey from Al Qassar in West Bay Lagoon all the way to Wakra takes only approximately 25 minutes now as compared to over an hour of driving earlier. Wakra has plenty of beautifully furnished accommodation options (especially with all the Ezdan compounds) and finding a really nice apartment to stay here is easy. A fully furnished apartment in a compound with amenities can cost you as low as QR1,950, if it’s a one bedroom apartment. If you have a slightly higher budget of around QR3,000 to QR4,000, you can find a brilliant two-bedroom place. The area has really started to develop and now even has a five-star hotel besides beaches, souks, elite hospitals and malls.

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