According to the 2010 estimate cited in the Economy Watch, the total value of imports for Qatar is US$23.38 billion, the main imports being: machinery and transport equipment, food and chemicals. The primary import partners are: the US (13.43 % of total imports), Italy (8.34 %), South Korea (8.33 %), Japan (8.04 %), Germany (7.31 %), France (6.26 %), UK (5.59 %), China (5 %), UAE (4.67 %), Saudi Arabia (3.96 %).
With such figures, it is of no wonder when doing your grocery shopping you will see more imported food than local produce. And of course, their prices are much dearer than local ones. At times you don’t have a choice either; it is imported or simply not available. It is estimated that Qatar imports almost 90% of its food items. Moreover prices are also dependent on the fluctuation of the international food prices.
There are many shops, markets, supermarkets and hypermarkets where grocery shopping can be done in Doha. Common names are Lulu Hypermarket, Almeera, Carrefour, Megamart, Family Food Centre, Spinney’s, Geant. Prices vary depending on whether you are buying imported or local and also which shop you are buying from. For example Lulu Hypermarket is believed to offer the lowest prices as compared to Carrefour and Almeera.
An Approximate Price List of Some Everyday Items at Carrefour (City Centre).
The following list is based on prices of articles during August, September and mid October 2015.
QR: Qatari Riyal
AUD: Australian Dollar
USD: US Dollar
MUR: Mauritian Rupee
The conversion rates used are based on the ones listed on Google’s website as per 18 October 2015 and are as follows:
1 QR = 0.38 AUD
1 QR = 0.27 USD
1 QR = 9.70 MUR
Although I could unfortunately not include as many products as I wanted, I hope people moving over to Doha can get a rough idea of the price range they can expect for grocery shopping and have an idea of how the prices compare to their own country. I also hope I can add to this list as soon as I have the opportunity to do so. How do these prices compare to those in your country?