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Old Jun 1st 2019, 5:01 pm
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I have a job offer in Doha commencing 1 August and am looking for a 1-2 bed apartment ideally in the West Bay area.

I was thinking of a serviced hotel apartment for the first couple of months to give me chance to look around.

I will also look at other agents but want to make sure I use a reputable company.

Any tips that people can offer?
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Old Jun 3rd 2019, 2:24 am
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Regency residence is a good one. They are developers/estate agents. Not sure if they have any blocks in west bay. I guess your employer will give you some weeks hotel stay, it’s probably best to look up once you arrive as you won’t be able to rent without your Qatari ID. Rents are dirt cheap in Qatar, high chances of getting a decent deal.
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Old Jun 3rd 2019, 2:14 pm
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Was driving around just this last Friday and went up to drive around Lusail, crikey, as big as The Pearl and WestBay combined and a lot more than that. Lots of towers and lots of space for many more. All built and externally finished. And no people. Looks like a set from some computer driving game. Weird feeling. And who's going to live there I wonder. Q rail is maturing as a project, the new airport terminal and expansion will hardly fill a dozen tower blocks, stadiums are nearing completion in many cases, the Turks are still building roads but that's hardly a major growth business I would say. The whole of Lusail has not one building that looks as if it would support anyone on less than QR30k a month. Rents are in the toilet. I currently have a monthly rate in a 5* hotel with 35% F&B discount on everything, free laundry, all hotel amenities and it's less than I was paying for a 1 bed in WestBay 2 years ago, where I needed to hire in help for everything, ahem! I would expect you can get a 1 bed for QR6-8k a month. Much less in the Sadd, maybe QR4-6k.
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Old Jun 3rd 2019, 2:56 pm
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No need to use agents. You probably don't realise but in Qatar it's the tenant, not the landlord, who pays the agent's commission. It's a waste of money.

Look at propertyfinder.qa and search for West Bay or Pearl or anywhere you want. Note the names of the buildings. Many of the units will be offered by agents but ignore those. Go to the building directly and speak to the security/doorman and he will direct you to the leasing manager for the building and rent directly from them.

Of all West Bay buildings I liked Asas tower best. Good size apartments, furnished, big pool, good maintenance. And the apartments have balconies, which is unusual in Qatar outside the Pearl.

The serviced apartments are also good value. Intercon, Marriott, plenty more. Just walk around and make a list and ring them or go inside and talk to reception and get the leasing agent's information.
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