It’s been almost a year now since I’ve moved to Doha from Dubai and I must say that the move wasn’t as smooth as I hope it would be as I’ve been missing a lot of things about Dubai – more specifically, the friends I’ve made in that city. Not working here in Doha definitely made a lot of difference since I have very few ways to meet people here.
Since I’ve arrived in Doha, I’ve been desperate to meet people however it has proven to be quite a difficult task. The few times that I was able to do so, I have had the impression that they were there to meet me for networking or to market themselves and not necessarily for the sake of meeting someone with the possibility of being friends with.
I do understand though that Doha is probably not the best place to make friends as people come and go in this transitional city. You may make friends with someone who, after a few months, will leave the city for good and that’s probably quite tiring for some. My futile attempts was quite discouraging so I have stopped meeting people.
But then twitter happened, I haven’t been very active in this social media channel until recently. Who would’ve thought that the likes, retweets and mentions on twitter could actually result into meeting like-minded people? One of them is Nat, the other half of the Lemon and Mint Blog tandem.
A supposedly coffee meeting at W Cafe continued on to become a business lunch at the Spice Market. We needed more time to talk about whatever things we can think of and I think that if not for the fact that I have somewhere to be right afterwards, we probably could’ve continued on for drinks even. I do hope it won’t be one of those first and last meetings that I’ve had with some other people because I sure did enjoy her company.
Funny how in this day and age that we live in, even making friends has become digital.