MY HOME IN QATAR
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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