Qatar To­day looks at two ex­pa­tri­ates from every­day life, one who has lived here for a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time and another who has just made Doha his home, for their take on life in this city.


Singer, var­i­ous venues Been in Doha since: 2008 (six years)

Then and now

As a singer I am start­ing to love the va­ri­ety of new events and op­por­tu­ni­ties we now have to per­form. There seems to be a gen­uine pull to­wards artistry that's re­ally amaz­ing. What I'm less en­joy­ing is the crazy traf­fic and the feel­ing that ‘back in the day', peo­ple took more time to con­nect beyond the odd night out, which was nice. My best mem­o­ries in­volve the city, the peo­ple I met and friends I made here. When I leave, I'll miss the ease of trav­el­ling around and meet­ing peo­ple of so many dif­fer­ent back­grounds.

Life in Doha

I feel like I grew up here; I was rather young when I first came to Doha and my first pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence was crafted here too. I am prob­a­bly a bit spoiled be­cause of how dif­fer­ent life is here to other places; it's like a golden cage where you can eas­ily lose track of re­al­ity.

Pass­ing on the wis­dom

Francisco (be­low) wanted to ask Kéyali how she thinks Qatar will be do­ing in 40 years. I think they're gear­ing to­wards a more Dubai kind of feel­ing with a lot of peo­ple, tow­ers ev­ery­where and ev­ery­thing ‘big­ger' – it would be nice if they were able to align mod­ernising all the while stay­ing con­nected with the lo­cal cul­tural bits.

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