Ian: Ian Edelman in Doha
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Doha, etc.
I come from the UK, moving to Doha in September 2012 to work in cultural heritage.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I began blogging as soon as I knew I was going to Doha, to record what happened leading up to leaving the UK as well as life in Qatar.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
This about Arabic hospitality.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Doha differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Life is not so different other than the weather is better and I pay no tax.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Doha? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Easy transition, everything went perfectly.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
I have no funny situations to share.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Doha?
- Don’t complain, this is the way it works in Qatar;
- Driving isn’t as difficult as you hear;
- Make the most of your time and travel to other destinations only a few hours away.
How is the expat community in Doha? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
I have ready-made circle of friends from work or via meet-up group.
How would you summarize your expat life in Doha in a single, catchy sentence?
Best thing we ever did, never regret it at all.