THE COST OF BE­ING QATARI

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Be­low are just some of the ben­e­fits ci­ti­zens re­ceive dur­ing the course of their life­time. The high­est fi­nan­cial costs placed upon the state most likely re­sult from the high cost of pro­vid­ing public sec­tor em­ploy­ment for na­tion­als. This does not in­clude “monthly so­cial in­cre­ment” (‘ilawai­j­tima'iyyashahriyya), hous­ing, trans­porta­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions al­lowances, and some­times even a fur­ni­ture al­lowance, a lump sum pay­ment pro­vided to a public sec­tor em­ployee only once, which can amount to as much as QR50,000. All Qataris have rights to gov­ern­mentspon­sored hous­ing, ei­ther as a plot of land at no per­sonal cost, with as­sis­tance in ob­tain­ing a loan for build­ing a home on it, or a cash amount of about QR800,000 to di­rectly pur­chase a home. The Qatari public health ser­vice pro­vides free or highly sub­si­dized health­care to both cit­i­zen and non-cit­i­zen res­i­dents of the state. In ad­di­tion to ac­cess to free health

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