My Love-Hate Relationship with Doha

So this is the story of how I came to Doha for love, hated it, then eventually warmed up to it.


Growing up in the Middle East

I was born and raised in Dubai. I have spent 24 of my 28 years in the Middle East. Growing up in the Middle East was great. We lived in a flat in a high rise like most expat families. The thing about the Middle East, especially in primarily expat cities,  is it is planned…


I’ve spent almost all my life in the Middle East and never had a local friend, acquaintance, colleague or neighbor. It’s recently that I’ve made friends with a few locals. It is shocking how similar we are. To start with, we are all the same age, grew up in the Middle East doing the same…