MELTING POT OF CULTURES
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