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Old Mar 7th 2008, 2:47 pm
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Originally Posted by carolyncb View Post
Hi all ..Life in Qatar..

Can anyone tell me have the cables that caused so much disruption to contact via the net and email been repaired yet ?

I am trying to send mail to Doha daily but it is not being received at that end.. my friend lives there and we keep in touch via msn / email I have heard dnothing for nearly 4 weeks now !I am in the UK by the way.

Any news would be gratefully received ..thank you

ps. He seems to love the place..Doha and enjoys living and working there...
we still talking via skype and e-mail with familty in the UK for the past days so far no problem.
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hi

concerning thought,

are their any positives??
The postives are the money, hence why if its not bloody good, dont come. Recce means a look see visit. Abr reconnaisance.

There are several expat groups and clubs, depends what your thing is really. Families tend to get more of their social group things going from compounds and work friends though.

There is certainly stuff you need to do and see if you do visit though, and certain times etc that you have to go out to see the worst of it. Never would I have known that parking in a mall in the evening would rival Watford Harlequin a week before Christmas .. for example!
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Originally Posted by carolyncb View Post
Hi all ..Life in Qatar..

Can anyone tell me have the cables that caused so much disruption to contact via the net and email been repaired yet ?

I am trying to send mail to Doha daily but it is not being received at that end.. my friend lives there and we keep in touch via msn / email I have heard dnothing for nearly 4 weeks now !I am in the UK by the way.

Any news would be gratefully received ..thank you

ps. He seems to love the place..Doha and enjoys living and working there...
Some people are fine here, particularly for shorter periods. Most people "put up with it" for the money.

I met a scottish women in the Mega Mart a few weeks ago, we got talking about where to get Weetabix that week. She told me the Family Food Centre on Airport road had been redone (since I had been) and was looking all modern, suggested I go take a look and then added with a wry smile ... what exciting lives we lead in Doha

It depends what you want out of life. Most folks I know are on short stints, have old priced villas or are on the way home.
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Old Mar 7th 2008, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by Tootsie Frickensprinkles View Post
Okay, that's 37,500 a month.


I'm not happy here for multiple reasons so I always sound negative on the board, but no other Brits really post on here from Doha and it's hard to gauge sound feedback from QatarLiving because so many asian expats have no concept of coming from Europe.
Thats simply not true. I been on their outings many times and the people on QL are from mix nationalities. From the east to the west

I only could suggest to the original poster ... do not uproot the kids except you guarantee seat for the school in Doha. I have met few families than been here over 3 months and the kids still havent got space in any school.
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Something else you might want to bear in mind is that once you're resident in Qatar, you are not free to leave the country on a whim - you have to get your sponsor's signature on an exit permit. It may seem like a small thing, but to my mind it's a quite significant restriction on personal liberties.
i agree thats totally sucks. And also bear in mind the 2 yrs ban. If you leave the company and they dont give you NOC (Non Objection Certificate) you cant work for any other company in Qatar, you MUST leave the country.

The latest news i hard they reduce the 2 yrs ban to 6 mths.
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Thats simply not true. I been on their outings many times and the people on QL are from mix nationalities. From the east to the west

I only could suggest to the original poster ... do not uproot the kids except you guarantee seat for the school in Doha. I have met few families than been here over 3 months and the kids still havent got space in any school.
People from QL are most definitely mixed nationailites .. but .. the simple fact is that most people who argue finances on that board argue from the perspective of Asian wages, not European. The mindset is completely different. That said, everyone bitches from their own point of view because it has become expensive for everyone relative to what they earn.

However, if you post a salary like this on that board everyone is likely to tell you its fantastic and in real terms when faced with setting up here now, its not, especially if this guys on a 50-60k gross package already. Hence the comment only he knows what his net gain is going to be.

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Hence the comment only he knows what his net gain is going to be.
You are absolutely right Tootsie.
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People from QL are most definitely mixed nationailites .. but .. the simple fact is that most people argue finances from the perspective of Asian wages, not European. The mindset is completely different. That said, everyone bitches from their own point of view because it has become expensive for everyone relative to what they earn.

However, if you post a salary like this on that board everyone is likely to tell you its fantastic and in real terms when faced with setting up here now, its not, especially if this guys on a 50-60k gross package already. Hence the comment only he knows what his net gain is going to be.

Not if I am on line with QL.
Besides, we always ask where the person asking the question is from. If he is Western, he will be told by all, including the Asians, if his "package(love that term,lol) is ok.
Even the Asians and Arabs there know what Westerners make
Oh, I just came back from a QL outing, we were about 60 people of mixed nationalities, we actually talk to each other, we even got along!
About meeting people at your compound, hmmm, don't know , most of them a pretty stuck up, they must by now have forgotten about council houses.
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Not if I am on line with QL.
Besides, we always ask where the person asking the question is from. If he is Western, he will be told by all, including the Asians, if his "package(love that term,lol) is ok.
Even the Asians and Arabs there know what Westerners make
Oh, I just came back from a QL outing, we were about 60 people of mixed nationalities, we actually talk to each other, we even got along!
About meeting people at your compound, hmmm, don't know , most of them a pretty stuck up, they must by now have forgotten about council houses.
lol LL ... i think Tootsie already said "Hence the comment only he knows what his net gain is going to be".

I only can suggest that the original poster should go to QL and post the question him/herself. And see how the mix nationalities of people in QL 'bitches from their point of view'. Oh dear dear me ...
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Not if I am on line with QL.
Besides, we always ask where the person asking the question is from. If he is Western, he will be told by all, including the Asians, if his "package(love that term,lol) is ok.
Even the Asians and Arabs there know what Westerners make
Oh, I just came back from a QL outing, we were about 60 people of mixed nationalities, we actually talk to each other, we even got along!
About meeting people at your compound, hmmm, don't know , most of them a pretty stuck up, they must by now have forgotten about council houses.
There are examples of threads that do run along those lines and there are examples that clearly illustrate otherwise, and as I tried to point out to Novi the comment was not about whether there are mixed nationalities on QL or not, of course there are.

I dont live on a compound myself, but several families I know do and they, and their kids particularly socialise *mostly* with neighbours, I guess it depends where you live and what your attitude is. The few I know dont strike me that way. It's also an observation I have read many times. The single people I know in company villas on compounds tend not to.

Not living on one, I really wouldn't know whether people are snobbish or not, or what their backgrounds are. There is enough variety around the city that I doubt one stereotype is anywhere near as accurate as stereotyping ever is.

If you are trying to imply with the 'eek', that I don't think the westerners can get along with anyone else your you have completely misinterpreted my comment. We have asian, middle eastern, european, african, american and australian friends here, some of whom are also members of QL.

None of that however, detracts me from my original statement that I will stand by, over the years of reading I think the information on that site tells more of one side of the story than the other, and that, is what I am trying to bring to Siraj's attention. It's a bit like going in the Barbie.

It's my opinion, if you disagree so be it, I know it's not a lone opinion from discussions I have here though.

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lol LL ... i think Tootsie already said "Hence the comment only he knows what his net gain is going to be".

I only can suggest that the original poster should go to QL and post the question him/herself. And see how the mix nationalities of people in QL 'bitches from their point of view'. Oh dear dear me ...
Now Novi ... are you telling me there aren't new posts every week if not everyday with people bitc .. err complaining about their packages, the rent, inflation, etc etc etc?

Come on
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we still talking via skype and e-mail with familty in the UK for the past days so far no problem.
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we still talking via skype and e-mail with familty in the UK for the past days so far no problem.
Thanks for the info novita..will just have to carry on mailing and hope he receives something soon ...I still got nothing here from him ..unusual !
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Originally Posted by carolyncb View Post
If you read this Chris ...the mail and FRC msgs still being sent daily ..

Hope you will get to pick up soon ..

Hope I will hear from you soon ..nothing yet ! xxxx x

ps..yes thats you my 'Yorkshireman ' xxxx x

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