Report: Qatar construction costs still highest in the GCC

Qatar continues to be one of the most expensive countries in the Gulf to build office towers, retail storefronts and homes, a new report has found.

Though blue-collar workers earn relatively low wages, Doha still has some of the highest constructions costs in the region, according to an annual ranking by consulting firm Arcadis.

This is despite political efforts to reign in industry prices around the country.

Over the last year, Doha moved ahead of European cities Brussels and Milan, as well as Tokyo, Melbourne and Auckland in terms of rising construction costs.