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Old Apr 17th 2014, 8:12 pm
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Hi all,

I know this is going to be a controversial one as people have strong feelings based on where they live, but can anyone give any perspective on which is best for a couple with a baby on the way? The Pearl is very pretty but is pricey and I'm not sure the benefit of lots of space to walk when it's so hot for much of the year. West Bay on the other hand is close to everything, has lots of serviced apartments (reducing the amount of domestic chores and billing hassles) but of course is not exactly set up for strolling around with a pram!
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I wouldn't live in either. You are better off in a compound near to local amenities.
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have you got any suggestions of areas?? or how do you determine if a compound is any better/worse than any other one?
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have you got any suggestions of areas?? or how do you determine if a compound is any better/worse than any other one?
You will only find out by being here and looking around the compounds and deciding for yourself.
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The Pearl is dead and so far out from from the city, also concerns over building quality, West Bay would be a better option but expensive.

Also if you have a family the school will also be a major factor on where you live.
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i was wondering that about the Pearl, there are so many units in there to rent that i wonder how many people actually live there. it might be a bit of a ghost town for another while yet.
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We have an 11 month old son and are looking possibly an apartment in west bay, the thought of him having marble stairs to practice on scares the lining day lights out of me! Keep us updated with your choices x
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The best value as BritExpat said is the compound villa here in Doha . Compound villas offer a better environment for families and especially for new first time expats where meeting other people can be daunting and being around like minded people can ease the first few months .

Apartments offer value only to the few . They're expensive overpriced and choice is below standard . Single flat shares or working couples seem to be the people who get the most out of them or if it's a financial constraint which of course is a major factor here .

Remember The Pearl and West Bay will be blighted by Expressway works and Metro works for the next 5 years , getting around this area will be a nightmare , we're not talking about a little bit of traffic we're talking major disruption . Doha Metro will be the biggest infrastructure project in the world when going with a planned 60 + stations , you'll not be able to swing a Shwarma in Doha within 6 months.

My advice for looking for a bed here is , get into town and spend time getting around the areas and take work , school and amenities into consideration . Spend 3 months doing it if you have to because once you get the keys to your palace all bets are off .
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I visited the Pearl yesterday with my Wife and Son for a spot of lunch and to look at the area. It struck us as quite a pompous place - there were a number of mums who came into the eatery where we were having lunch and they looked a little... let’s just say posh for our liking.

Nothing against the upper classes, but I imagine their shoos cost more than a months rent. Something to bare in mind

Of course this may not be a demographic representation of the inhabitants however it was enough for my wife to shoot me the “i’m not living here” look
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I visited the Pearl yesterday with my Wife and Son for a spot of lunch and to look at the area. It struck us as quite a pompous place - there were a number of mums who came into the eatery where we were having lunch and they looked a little... let’s just say posh for our liking.

Nothing against the upper classes, but I imagine their shoos cost more than a months rent. Something to bare in mind

Of course this may not be a demographic representation of the inhabitants however it was enough for my wife to shoot me the “i’m not living here” look
They are not upper class mate, They wouldn't live in Doha - These are common folk like you and I that because they have a tax free salary and a maid think they are something they are not. The wife has a good point though avoid the area.
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I visited the Pearl yesterday with my Wife and Son for a spot of lunch and to look at the area. It struck us as quite a pompous place - there were a number of mums who came into the eatery where we were having lunch and they looked a little... let’s just say posh for our liking.

Nothing against the upper classes, but I imagine their shoos cost more than a months rent. Something to bare in mind

Of course this may not be a demographic representation of the inhabitants however it was enough for my wife to shoot me the “i’m not living here” look
Don't worry mate , they're all fur coat and no knickers , most of them couldn't stand you a round of drinks at the bar .

Champagne lifestyle , lemonade money
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they might be a bit sweaty with a fur coat on in doha….
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My god where did you eat? Please dont think think that because honest it's not like that at all. Just some people in Doha think they are special and forget where they come from.
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