10 social groups to help you make new friends in Qatar
- Sukanya Seshadri
- On December 8, 2013
If you have just moved to Qatar and are on a quest to make some new friends, or have lived here for a while and are simply looking to expand your social network, here are some exciting groups that bring together people from various cultural backgrounds and of different interests.
Doha Tweetups hosts offline events to bring members of the Doha online community together through themed events consisting of interesting presentations, speakers and performances by local talent. The Tweetups are great opportunities to network with people from different cultural and professional backgrounds. There is no formal membership procedure, just attend any of their events to connect with other people.
Connect: Website, Email, Facebook, Twitter
InterNations is an international online community for people who live and work abroad. This community specialises in connecting expatriates employed by multinational companies, diplomats, members of IGOs and NGOs, foreign correspondents and their families in different countries with each other. Members can be from any cultural or national background. Local communities organise their own events – both informal and formal ones. Their website also carries information to help new expatriates transition and adapt to living in a new place.
Membership: Available through invites from a current member.
If travel and meeting other travellers floats your boat, the Couchsurfing Qatar community could be your ideal hub. This active group meets every Tuesday at different locations around Qatar and also organises many outdoor activities such as beach trips and outdoor camping.
Membership: Sign up on Couchsurfing.org and join the Qatar group.
AIESEC is the world’s largest youth-run organisation. It provides students a platform to develop leadership skills and grow in a global environment by helping them participate in international internships.
AIESEC’s Qatar chapter also initiates efforts in the same direction through different programmes.
Membership: Students enrolled at any university in Qatar are eligible for membership. In many cases, alumni are also eligible for certain benefits, depending on the university and their level of participation while they were students.
Connect: Website, Email, Facebook, Twitter
Meet and travel with like-minded people on vacations to various places around the world through this group supported by Meetup.com.
Membership: Free with an account on Meetup.com to join Escape Qatar.
This online group of more than 1,000 members in Qatar meets offline to bond over events such as desert trips, barbecues, dinner, horseback riding, boat trips, coffee and many more activities. Members are encouraged to post their own suggestions for activities and events and invite fellow-members to join.
Membership: Free with an account on the host website, Meetup.com.
Connect: Website, Facebook
Groups for women
Qatar Professional Women’s Network (QPWN)
Qatar Professional Women’s Network (QPWN) enables female professionals in Qatar to network and develop their professional skills in various areas. They organise events during the year such as monthly networking events and match experienced professionals as mentors to recent female university graduates or those with lesser work experience in the Circle of Pearl mentoring sessions.
Membership: Fill out the form on their website.
Connect: Website, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
Mothers all over are eligible to join Doha Mums. This is a community of mothers who are passionate about raising their children and celebrating their families. Members are allowed access to events, meetings, get-togethers, holiday celebrations, playgroups, workshops and classes that are organised.
The Doha Mums website is replete with information to for mothers looking for nurseries, schools, support groups and the like. There is also a forum on which members can share tips, resources and advice as well as discuss or pose questions to answers they seek on a topic.
Membership: Attend any of the group’s official events and return to their website to fill out a membership form.
Connect: Website, Facebook
International Potluck Group
The International Potluck Group is a community of women from diverse cultural backgrounds who bond over meals, traditional shows and other events. The goal here is for everyone to learn about each others’ cultures.
The group meets for brunch once in two months at Al Jazi Gardens Compound Clubhouse in West Bay from 9:30 to 12:00.
Membership: Fill out an application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect: Website, Email
Tuesday Ladies Group
Expatriate ladies from several countries meets on alternate Tuesdays from September to June at the Radisson Blu Hotel to socialise over coffee or brunch. They also listen to guest speakers or learn new skills such as cooking, beading, golf and many more. Membership entitles members to discounts and promotions on various businesses around town such as airfares, spas, salons, hotels and the like.
Membership: Annual membership is available at QR150 per year and QR70 per meeting thereafter. This includes a breakfast or brunch with non-alcoholic beverages.
Guests and non-members can pay QR90 per meeting.
Photo courtesy: Doha Tweetups
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