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Old May 20th 2014, 7:37 am
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Is it me or is everyone leaving?
I've been here 18 months now and in the past couple of months so many are leaving. I know it's the life we chose but is it normal that so many up sticks and run for the hills?
Feeling a bit lost to be honest.
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Old May 20th 2014, 9:20 am
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Its normal here, a lot of people struggle to adapt or get sent home. 2 year contracts are the norm so when you start to get to that period of time the friends and faces change. From when I got here I think there is 1 person left who I knocked about with.
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Is it me or is everyone leaving?
I've been here 18 months now and in the past couple of months so many are leaving. I know it's the life we chose but is it normal that so many up sticks and run for the hills?
Feeling a bit lost to be honest.
You find it happens a lot more here as the place is not as desirable as other Gulf locations plus a lot of people i know who are leaving have just had enough of the bullshit which is life in Qatar. It's a transient life and people stop in places longer than others but Qatar offers a lot less than others on many fronts which shortens the lifespan.

A few friends are moving back to The Emirates and a few are going back to Europe and the UK . There's an awful lot of work here in Doha but people only see this place as the cash convertor and when something better comes up they usually pull the rip cord.

We all leave eventually which is good , i'd hate to think i had to see my days out on this barren Land Cruiser infested rock
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Old May 20th 2014, 12:37 pm
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Thanks guys, makes me feel better knowing there's at least three of us still here

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Old May 20th 2014, 12:41 pm
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more on the way too!
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Perhaps we should have a big Doha night out. What do you reckon Brit expat?....I promise not to get too drunk again
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Thanks guys, makes me feel better knowing there's at least three of us still here

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We'll keep fighting the good fight !
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nope its the time of year for mass exodus, people doing the sch year etc etc not new.
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Is this a problem unique to Doha expats or just one for expat life in general? Living in Denmark for 4 years now, as an American, my circle of friends has quite heavily evolved over time due to expats moving back / moving on.
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Is this a problem unique to Doha expats or just one for expat life in general?
I'm not in Doha but suspect it is expat life in general. It certainly was like this in Singapore when I worked there, where you'd get a complete change of friends every year or so.

The thing that surprised me though, now as a retired layabout, is that you still get a change round every few years with expat retirees maybe we get used to moving around so much....who knows.
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Thanks guys, makes me feel better knowing there's at least three of us still here

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Don't forget me, now knocking on the door of my 4th year in Doha, despite planning a year or two at the most, until things picked up in the UK

And yes, I'm still driving the Sunny rental car...
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Don't forget me, now knocking on the door of my 4th year in Doha, despite planning a year or two at the most, until things picked up in the UK

And yes, I'm still driving the Sunny rental car...
You could own 2 sunnys now with what you have spent on rentals.
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Perhaps we should have a big Doha night out. What do you reckon Brit expat?....I promise not to get too drunk again ������
You were fine, the perseverance to get my Birthday cake was inspirational! I will always be up for a BE night
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Old May 20th 2014, 6:23 pm
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Before the holy month then.

Well I had been sat in that bar for 1,2,3,4,5 hours since I ordered the cake haha
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Originally Posted by britexpat76 View Post
You could own 2 sunnys now with what you have spent on rentals.
Fair comment.

However, back on topic, I have a vision ... a rampage around the C and D ringroads, broadsiding every Landcruiser and Patrol that cuts me up, causing carnage in the process, then heading to Doha Airport, tossing the Sunny's keys in the litter bin and heading off to the sunset.

However, back to reality in 21st Century Doha, I'd have no exit permit, be found at fault for each and every incident, and have to rake through said litter bin for my Sunnys' keys.

Only 6 weeks to Ramadan
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