Expat Life in Qatar

When Bloggers Meet.

November 23, 2015

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.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Mitzie Mee November 25, 2015 at 14:26

    I went to visit the Lemon and Mint website and saw a picture of two lemons. My first thought was “poor PFH, she has now started to make imaginary fruit friends” *LOL* Happy to hear that you’re getting settled over there. It’s such a short flight away, so I hope I’ll be able to come over someday in January.
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  • Reply Linda Bibb November 24, 2015 at 18:15

    We had a couple of similar experiences while we were living in Cuenca, Ecuador and met up with a couple of bloggers who were passing through town. It’s great to connect with people you’ve only met online!

    Have you tried entering “Doha” in Facebook search and clicking on Groups? We’ve had good luck with that method ourselves, and I’d be interested in your own experience.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 25, 2015 at 12:06

      Oh thank you for the advice, I’d definitely look into groups. 🙂

  • Reply Lisa (Travel Loving Family) November 24, 2015 at 15:47

    Great post and I am so happy that your blog has helped you to make friends in your new home, Doha. It can be hard to meet people when you work from home and have not studied up grown up in that area and especially if it is a transitional place. I hope you start to become more settled soon
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High November 24, 2015 at 16:12

      Thank you Lisa! It can get a bit frustrating sometimes but happy to say that I’m slowly becoming more settled here. :p

  • Reply Nada November 23, 2015 at 21:14

    Great post! I totally agree with your last sentence! how Twitter and other social media platforms have helped bring like-minded people together. I also feel like I have a lot of Twitter connections who are more like my friends, even though we still haven’t met! I certainly believe that in these days, relying on social media to meet people can prove to be a great idea. I would suggest that you keep trying to meet people through Twitter, and maybe join groups on meetup.com that you find interesting. That way, you will mostly meet people who share your interests. All the best in making new friends! and sometimes, it’s fun to meet new people all the time 🙂 only the good ones will last 🙂

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