Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
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Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Doha:
A lot of what fills our day is very similar — school runs, dentists’ appointments, playdates, grocery shopping, homework, all the normal ebb and flow of daily family life. On the plus side, we spend much more time together as a family here, we all eat together most nights, our compound has a pool, which we are seconds away from, we have a live-in maid…
Moving to Doha I thought would be a piece of cake for me, having already lived 7 years in Dubai. However, there's actually a huge contrast between these two cities that I never really thought of before I moved here.
You will have a great deal of adjustment to make because the culture here isn’t the same as yours. Although there are some who are already open-minded, rules here are still strict and religion-driven.
Doha is still young and growing, so most jobs are in energy and construction. As a result the expat community (which outnumbers the local community by about six to one) is very male-skewed. This can be a bit trying, at times. Things are improving though, as the city matures and opportunities start to diversify.
I found it a lot more advanced in many ways than I expected, if it makes sense. There is maybe one thing- it is turning out a lot more expensive to live here than I thought it would be. Everything is, of course, imported, and things I took for granted in the UK are stupidly pricey here.
From day 1 this felt like the right place to be. I didn’t have much trouble adjusting and I don’t think I experienced culture shock. Obviously there were elements of my new life that were unusual but that’s to be expected. When you think of all the factors that have changed it’s a lot to deal with: new house, new job, removal from your friends or family. Just one of those things is drastic life change but when you become an expat you experience them all at once! But I saw the move as an adventure so was excited by everything that came my way. If anything unsettled me I just accepted it as part of the experience.
The only difference is that this is a Muslim country so I have to respect their culture and the rules that come with it.
Life is not so different other than the weather is better and I pay no tax.