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barblam1 commented on the Expat Report Living in Doha, Qatar
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Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
I "dreamed" it would be easier to get things done. Although I knew some of the local customs I knew nothing compared to learning to live here. I think truly going with an open mind and wide expectations is very critical. Just because you think you come from a particular country and may impress some it may also not impress anyone and you are just another expat trying to make it away from home, and basically you are intruding. You will not always be welcomed, and because you can reinvent yourself in some ways and you may offer a lot you are still a visitor, and thinking of it that way for awhile and being humble and grateful are important to your new life. You are not special by being an expat. (Continue)
barblam1 replied most recently with:
I will be coming to Doha in December for a teaching position. How am I going to work (lesson plans, research), if it takes so long to get internet? I am really worried about this??? Can anyone give me some suggestions?
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Yes. The culture excludes others and is an introverted belief that they have a 'culture'...ha, ha, ha.
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Expat Report Culture Shock in Doha, Qatar was published
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Yes, keep a positive attitude. All things can be accomplished with a positive attitude. Plus, it will keep the family happy. Look at situations as they are different. there is nothing wrong with different. Also, other people will want to be around you, and you will make friends faster. (Continue)
Expat Report Having a Baby in Doha, Qatar was published
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Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
Al Ahli hospital. It was amazing. I was in for 3 days. My Dr was Dr. Daniz Ihsan. She monitored my entire pregnancy and the birth. When I went to deliver (with the eipdural), my daughters heart was slowing and she sat with me 100% of the time watching. Al Ahli is like a hotel (complete with bell boys). it was great. Private room, great nurses and everything. Expensive but insurance paid almost 80% (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Qatar International School in Doha, Qatar was published
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Good facilities. Extra-curric. many sports, drama, music, art, craft, DT, IT, DJ club,etc. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Doha, Qatar
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Just think about the money you are making and try to put good use to it and go for holiday. Mark your calendar like me and do a countdown every night to that luxurious holiday you now can afford. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
sorry , i have more things to live for nothing will keep me here not money not holiday nothing.....these people have no dignity or integrity , they dont have honesty and the are currupt to the bones. nothing at all like what their religion calls for
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Lycee Francais de Doha in Doha, Qatar
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What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
if French National no problems, if not as all schools in DOha huge waiting list. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
This is a VERY unhelpful review! S'il vous plait, des detailles...
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Compass International School in Doha, Qatar
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How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
My child is on the new Madinat Khalifa Campus. There's a new sports hall and pool planned. IT and library facilities are great. Each classroom has a computerised whiteboard. There are loads of after school activities and they join with the other campus for some sports (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
My son is at Gharaffa but I agree with the above report. Teachers are enthusiastic and inspire the pupils to engage in their subjects. This campus facilities may not be the best in Doha but the teachers more than make up for it. I would recommend Compass International School for your child.
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Expat Report Culture Shock in Doha, Qatar was published
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Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Realise you have chosen to enter this new culture. (majority of times). Take a deep breath. Keep your whining to yourself or email it to folks back home. It takes time to adjust. Smile. Focus on your healthy bank account (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Park House English School in Doha, Qatar was published
Review-of-Park House English School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
25m pool, sports hall, library etc. Extra-curricular - sporting, craft, music - a range (Continue)
Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Doha, Qatar was published
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What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
Usually meet through mutual friends or co-workers. Sometimes at night clubs and special events...such as yearly celebrations, parties, and work functions. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Living in Doha, Qatar
Living-in-Doha
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
If you move to the Middle East learn to chill out. Nothing happens quickly. If you ask for something to be done find out when. Their sense of time is really very different from what we are use to in North America. Yah, Yah, Yah does not mean anytime soon. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
Hello, I am a 50 something single woman thinking about moving to Doha, would this be a wise move? Would love some advice before making a ghastly mistake
A reader replied recently with:
hi im thinking of moving to Qatar to work. I own a bachelor degree in information Technology. You can reach me thru my email address yommez.elect1@yahoo.com
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