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Cost of living rises in Qatar due to education, entertainment expenses

Education costs increase by 7.1% since June 2015, according to government figures

Cost of living rises in Qatar due to education, entertainment expenses

The cost of living in Qatar rose by 0.8 percent from June to July thanks to increases of 7.1, 2.8 and 2.4 percent in education, transportation and entertainment costs respectively, revealed government figures.

Year-on-year numbers showed inflation increased from 2.5 to 2.8 percent during the same time, according to the official consumer price index (CPI), reported Doha News.

The CPI index, published by the Ministry of Development, Planning, and Statistics (MDPS), is used to monitor changes in the cost of living such as household spending, spending trends and the average costs of goods and services.

The index revealed that despite month-to-month figures for June and July showing a slight increase in spending, spending in main sectors such as health, education, and tobacco remained the same.

The cost of rent and amenities also remained flat, recording only 0.1 percent increase, despite two years of monthly domestic rent increases.