Doha is a relatively safe city with a low crime rate and no particularly rough districts. However, the industrial areas are not a nice place to live. Pollution, dust and muddy roads during rainfalls make them an unpleasant environment. In some of the nicer neighborhoods, Doha offers different housing options, such as apartments, accommodation within compounds, or stand-alone villas.
The company Mowasalat introduced modern public buses in Doha in 2005. They operate on different routes all over the city, including the industrial areas and offer expats an alternative mode of transportation to commute to work.
In recent years, the company also introduced Karwa smartcards as an easy way to pay the fare. They are mandatory and can be used instead of cash on all buses in Doha. A rechargeable smartcard costs QR 30 and can be purchased at the Karwa bus station or at one of the 86 outlets.
Mowasalat also operates taxis and airport service shuttles in Doha. Normal taxis can transport up to 4 passengers and can be found at taxi stands or booked in advance. Airport service shuttles are fit to transport up to 6 passengers, including bulky luggage.
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