I thought I should provide an update. I'm about to complete my 2nd year in Qatar. Man, have there been difficulties? Answer is yes, more than I can count. Teachers are one of the lowest paid expats from the West. This does make a difference if you have a family. RPs, visa runs and rising costs of bills create a black hole in the wallet. Some find themselves struggling. Qatar has grown in strength and the people living here really do like the country. Those who do not enjoy it, end up leaving. People are generally friendly but out of the workplace. Qatar is a very expensive country. When you first come here, you refuse to pay £6 for a small packet of strawberries then you end up getting used to the prices. Soon enough you spend like everyone else. So the projected saving is no longer possible. Management problems in schools seem to be something that is country wide. Incompetent school leaders fight nail and tooth to keep their positions that they can't do justice to. Even if it means that they have to destroy a few peoples livelihood. Favouritism is a word you will get well accustomed to. Salaries seem to be decreasing for new staff. Average was 15k which is now below 13k (£2800) a month. The effects of the blockade is reducing slowly except for flights. Forget flying back to home country 2 or 3 times a year. Food in Qatar is amazing and there is a wide selection. You can dine as you wish and his you wish. Fast food is rife and there is a thing called the Doha Stone. Yep, it's easy to gain weight here. There are many activities to do for children if you can keep up with the costs. Make sure you get in to a school that pay for or help you with family visa. If not, you will spend most of your time running around the immigration buildings or working to pay for visa runs. Is it easy to meet other families? Depends where you live. However, it's not as easy to meet with people on a regular basis as you might expect. Traffic can get very busy. If you know when it will be busy and where then you can manage better. The more is constant development throughout the country and there is a lot to do. As teachers, you will experience teachers jumping from school to school. I met a teacher who had worked in 5 schools in 7 years. I'm average, a teacher would have worked in 2 schools in 5 years. This is seen as a positive thing if yoi can last in a school this long. There are schools opening every year and so jobs are widely available if you are a good teacher. Do I enjoy living in Qatar? Over the UK, it's a definite yes. Do I enjoy working in a school in Qatar? I wish I could say yes.