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ramsayCDN
12/15/2011 06:37 EST

Howdy folks,

Like many before me, I've made the decision to ride out the recession in Qatar. I've recently been offered a new role in financial services and planning to join in January 2012. I'm a Canadian, single and looking to establish some early contacts to ease with the transition.

I'm a pretty active guy, spend most of my down time doing sporty stuff - jogging, spinning, swimming, etc; arts, entertaining, so on. I'm hoping to get some feedback on suggestions on clubs, community groups and places to keep an active social life. I've heard that it's great for families, but worried that I may find it hard to meet people as a single guy?

Help! Crossing my fingers that this will be a nice transition!

Cheers,
Ramsay

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seattlesamba
12/15/2011 16:38 EST

Hi Ramsay,

Saw your message directed to me. However, I haven't yet moved to Qatar (was simply thinking about it and looking at job possibilties). But I completely understand where you're coming from: I work out every day myself, and was also not happy to find that all gyms in Qatar are segregated. As you say, it's not that we plan on using the gym as a pickup place, but it's a healthier place to meet people than a bar! So I would be sharing your concerns if I were there. Hopefully, yoiu can find a way to connect with other active people and maybe meet outside a gym to do things. (I also do a lot of social dancing, and there is apparently salsa and tango going on in Qatar.)

Best of luck, and I'll check in on your progress if I do make the move at some point!

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moeen73
1/26/2012 06:32 EST

Hello All,
I am also Canadian and coming to Doha on first week of feb,
looking for accomodation and job, let me know if any one can help or advice.

thanks

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beatricerose3
3/11/2012 14:30 EST

I just saw your post. I hope you made the trip b/c Doha is a great place to hang out for a while until things get better at home. I moved here in January from the states. And yes, you are right, meeting people outside of those you work with, is not easy, but as far as entertainment, there is always something going on, you just have to search things out. Plenty of sports groups you can join and the Katara Cultural Village always has performances, exhibitions, etc. I've already been to a few things there. Best of luck to you. Tracy

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ramsayCDN
3/11/2012 16:21 EST

thanks for the message tracy...funny that i got your reply, i had one of my first "lonely" nights after riding out my first busy weeks getting settled. Process ended up taking the better part of January, then finally managed to start January 30th then got pricked for the health tests and other shady deals to get papers done when I got here. Strange. In any case, thanks for the suggestions...I'm trying to make my way and grow a network. Managed to find a running route today from my new apartment to the chorniche (that made me happy) and slowly trying to find the good restaurants. If you're open to chatting let me know, it would be great to meet up. Cheers. Ramsay.

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