Archive for the ‘Cost of Living’ Category

We were able to visit Spinneys at The Mall for the first time today and it’s a good change of atmosphere for those who got used to buying grocery items at the usual Hypermarkets like Lulu, Giant and Carrefour. For those not in the know, Spinneys isĀ  a high-end supermarket retailer in the Middle East […]

Anyone can agree that the prices of petrol/gas in Qatar might be one of the cheapest in the world that it is cheaper than your bottle of water. The last time Qatar increased prices was in 2005 whereas in the Philippines, the prices fluctuate every week, if not every day. A 20 Dirham increase might […]

update: It seems I was mistaken and the last time Aramex did indeed increase shipping prices was June 2008 (thanks for the blog archives!). It seems Aramex Shop and Ship increases its rates every year. This year, an email sent by Aramex tells me of their 2011 rates. It might not be that much as […]

It’s been months since people in Qatar have been clamoring for the iPhone 4 to come to Qatar shores and last night, Vodafone has “officially” brought it here. The iPhone 4 is actually being sold in different shops and stores in Qatar albeit for a steep price. the 16 GB was being sold for 4000QR […]

I’m NOT SURE if I’d complain if I’m getting paid a monthly salary without working but some Qatari’s are. They’re complaining that they’re not being given Transportation and Telephone allowances! Logically, if you’re not working, you don’t have an office that you go to everyday nor would you conduct any business calls, right? I guess […]


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