A chance to write a little about what Doha means to me? Okay, let’s do this. Warning: Text heavy post coming your way.
In my three years of living in Qatar, I’ve discovered there are two types of expats: Those who hate Qatar and those who love Qatar and appreciate all the good the country has to offer. You get those who complain about the little things, then you get the people who nod and smile and say nothing but good things about living in Qatar because it’s given them more than they would have gotten in their home countries.
I’d like to think I’m a bit of both to be honest. I have my frustrations, and I have my disappointments, but at the end of the day I prefer to look at all the good things here and Doha means more to me than just a quick stop in my expat life.
Doha is the Future.
Doha is where I landed my first ever ‘real post university’ job. It’s where I discovered what I am good at, where I learned more about my strengths and weaknesses and where I developed (and still am constantly developing) into a better version of myself.
Doha has given me so many opportunities to do so many things and meet amazing people. Doha has given me the jump start my ambitious self hoped for. I would never have gotten to where I am if it wasn’t for the opportunities available here. And I know that being here, living here, growing here, has also opened up so many possibilities in my future and I hunger for more. Doha is the future for me, because it has given me a future that I didn’t think I’d have this early on in my career.
Doha is a place for New Experiences
Living in Doha has allowed me to travel more. I’ve been to 7 countries in the past two years. I’ve stepped foot in places which I’ve always dreamt of going to. I’ve gazed in wonder at the ceiling inside the Blue Mosque, walked the rough streets of the souk in Byblos, and gotten lost in Brussels. Doha has been the train station terminal giving me the choice to go to exciting new destinations.
I’ve never been experimental when it came to food until now. In fact, I was a picky eater until I was around 16. I’m slowly changing that, and Doha is really helping thanks to its growing foodie scene. I’ve tried lamb chops for the first time, and I’ve just had rabbit (it tastes like chicken… Quite a let down!) I’m not quite ready to go hard and try camel, but I know that in Doha it’s only a matter of time before I do so.
I’ve worn abayas, watched Fashion Shows, seen the amazing art the museums here have to offer, and have been a part of some nation wide events.
New experiences brings joy to life, and Doha has brought me a lot of it.
Doha is Discovery and Love.
You can’t live in a place like Doha and not meet many amazing people from all walks of life. I’ve lived the expat life when I was a child, but because it was the norm for me I didn’t really blink at the fact that my best friends were Russian, Pakistani and Filipino. Who cares? But coming back as an adult, I gained a new perspective on these things.
I have glorious friendships with people from Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Lebanon, the UK, and more, and it’s the best feeling ever to get to know how similar and yet how different we all are. Conversations are never dull when you have so many stories from your home land, or just quite talks about life in the Middle East. No matter how different our backgrounds, friendship really doesn’t give a crap, it’s a bond that’s stronger than all of that and it connects people in ways we would never have imagined.
So Doha is where I have made amazing friendships that I know will last a lifetime, it’s where I’ve discovered new places through the eyes and ears of others, and it’s where I’ve found love. And that last bit is the best bit of all, really. 🙂
Doha is Family.
I was born to expat parents living in the Middle East, but due to unfortunate circumstances I had to go back home for some time to finish my education. Coming to Doha those few years ago reunited me with some of the people I love most in the world and gave me a feeling of being complete.
Since home is where the heart is, Doha has become my home for now.
Okay I feel a bit sappy now.