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Founder and Im­age Con­sul­tant, Glam Your Im­age Been in Doha since: 2006 (eight years)

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

The Asian Games in 2006 brought us to Doha. We loved the ex­pe­ri­ence, de­cided to stay and make this our home. I had lived in China for about 12 years be­fore I came to Doha so it re­ally was a peace­ful and easy move. Qatar is re­ally won­der­ful for fam­i­lies, es­pe­cially, like in our case, with small chil­dren. It was an ad­ven­ture mov­ing to the Mid­dle East. We feel at home and when we travel we love to come back home to Qatar. The chil­dren are well adapted and love their school and their rou­tines.

CHANGE IS GOOD

So much has changed since we first moved here. I be­lieve change is al­ways pos­i­tive, Qatar has proved to the world that it isn't just a rich coun­try but one with vi­sion. Ma­jor achievements have hap­pened since 2006: a new Emir, the tran­si­tion was some­thing re­ally ex­tra­or­di­nary to watch; win­ning the bid for World Cup 2022, which I think was well de­served and I have no doubts Qatar will de­liver a great show; the open­ing of Katara, a fan­tas­tic fam­ily place with great art shows and per­for­mances; and the com­ple­tion of the amaz­ing Mu­seum of Is­lamic Art and so on. It's an ex­cit­ing time in Qatar and I love what this coun­try is grow­ing into. I don't find my­self miss­ing too much of the old Doha; I love hav­ing more places to visit, with bet­ter op­tions and va­ri­ety. There are some great shows, ex­hi­bi­tions, more shop­ping malls with in­ter­na­tional brands and great ho­tels.

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