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Doha traffic congestion is main concern - survey

Poll of 5,000 families in Qatar reveals 77% happy with living in Gulf state.

Traffic congestion in Doha is the main bugbear of people living in Qatar, according to the results of a new survey.

The poll found that a majority of people see Qatar as a good place to live.

The level of satisfaction among both Qataris and expats was 77 percent, the study conducted by the Urban Planning and Development Authority (UPDA) and the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA) revealed.

The survey, which covered 5,000 families showed that respondents were most unhappy with traffic congestion, which claimed the lowest level of satisfaction of just 18 percent, The Peninsula reported on Friday.

The survey also revealed that the level of satisfaction with transportation was higher in areas outside Doha with 54 percent.

Local people were more concerned about overcrowding and higher density of population compared with expats. Only 29 percent of Qataris answered "good" or "very good" compared to 35 percent of expats.

The results of the survey also indicated that the availability of health care facilities, educational and government facilities and public parks should be improved and attached high priority.

The results of the survey will be considered as the Qatar National Master Plan, which aims to guide development over the next 25 years, is prepared.