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Qatar as a na­tion has a fu­tur­is­tic vi­sion and be­lieves in pre­serv­ing its re­li­gious and cul­tural her­itage," says Mark Thom­son, Am­bas­sador of In­ter­na­tions Qatar. Thom­son re­calls a time back in 2010, when he ini­tially moved here and there wasn't a spe­cific com­mu­nity for so­cial net­work­ing. "The na­tional vi­sion 2030 and the 2022 plan were in place. To be hon­est, there wasn't much hap­pen­ing. Com­ing from a busy life­style in Dubai, I was dev­as­tated and wanted to get out in the first six months."

But that was be­fore he un­der­stood that Qatar was stereo­typed as be­ing a stricter place to live in when com­pared to Dubai, "but it is only a no­tion and this is a much more open coun­try than oth­ers would like to be­lieve. This coun­try em­pow­ers peo­ple to thrive in sports, arts and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment," he says.

"When ex­pats move here, they are gen­er­ally un­aware of the cul­ture, re­li­gion, eti­quette, norms and so­cial habits of the coun­try; what to do and what not do. I be­lieve peo­ple can achieve so much more if they get to know one an­other and co­op­er­ate in iden­ti­fy­ing com­mon ob­jec­tives and goals which can help on an in­di­vid­ual as well as a group level. When you col­lab­o­rate and work to­gether, we can all col­lec­tively achieve a lot more for the coun­try we live

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