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10 social groups to help you make new friends in Qatar

10 social groups to help you make new friends in Qatar
Sukanya Seshadri

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

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

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.
Connect: Website

Couchsurfing

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.
Connect: Website

AIESEC

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

Escape Qatar

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.
Connect: Website

Qatar Expats

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

Doha Mums

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 membership.ilpg@gmail.com.
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.
Connect: Website

Photo courtesy: Doha Tweetups

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Comments

  1. Jenny

    Don’t bother with the potluck group. Went for one of their events and it was sooooo boring. Shriani the leader for the day was in charge and she should have just said that the gathering was for her and her close friends and not really invite other people
    to join on that day. Felt like a fool going. Really join another club. If you don’t believe me … try going once and you will know what I am talking about.

  2. Good Afternoon,

    I want to just let you know about our offers, we have three individual restaurants in Qatar. I have listed a few details about our restaurant below:

    La Varenne is a French Brasserie, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch every Friday, the menu consists of French classics such as chicken liver and foie gras parfait, bouillabaisse and steak frites. In addition we have an hors d’oeuvres and dessert trolley that changes daily and a business lunch menu, that changes each Tuesday. The business lunch menu is either a 2 courses for 85QR or 3 course for 95QR allowing guests to take a break from Doha’s bustling business centre.
    La Varenne starting Rotisserie Night, every Saturday from 7:00-10:00pm, with an all-you-care-to-eat package of meats (chicken, beef, lamb, and fish) and side dishes

    The Anvil Rooms, combines a truly unique setting with breathtaking views across the Arabian Sea and classic steakhouse cuisine to ensure an unrivalled dining experience. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, The Anvil Rooms offers a variety of beef carefully sourced from leading farms worldwide, ensuring the best quality meat at all times.
    we recently started a weekday business lunch special, with a choice of one of our three signature steaks, side dish, sauce, and soft drink

    Quisine by Guy Savoy, the Michelin starred chef’s only restaurant in the Middle East, presents and entirely unique gastronomic experience. The restaurant provides diners with a tantalising menu offering a number of Guy Savoy’s signature dishes, including the infamous artichoke and black truffle soup from Paris. Situated in the heart of Porto Arabia, The Pearl, the restaurant offers exquisite marina views by night. Open from 7pm until 10pm Monday to Saturday.

    However I would be happy to meet you in one of our restaurants so you can also see our facilities for meetings and events.

    Best Regards,

    Widad Manoual

  3. I like making friends in other countries

    • let me know more about your profile. thanks

      E Mail – devendra.gupta013@gmail.com

      D K Gupta
      India

    • kasoro deo

      Happier too making international friendship creates more knowledge

  4. thanks to share informatiom

    • Aman maan

      Yeah

  5. AZEEZ OLAYINKA GBADAMOSI

    can someone help me with any contract job that can facilitate my coming to QATAR,i love to live and work in QATAR.

  6. Alfred Boah

    I want someone to help me get a job in Qatar as a survey technician

  7. Michael

    Hey if anyone needs any help with anything in qatar, call me or whatsapp 0097455285341

  8. Shabana

    Hi
    If anyone can help me to get a job . i like to work in doha and even i like making friends.

  9. shaheen

    Dear Mom Gents
    i just came to Qatar since month ago
    i am alone working in Qatar
    the life is boring without social life
    its not easy to find special people to share some coffee or swimming tour by bicycle etc
    any way still i haven’t even one friend male or female
    maybe i cannot find the right way
    maybe i am not good in this area
    the one thing i did , i visit ASPIRE zone, to rent bicycle , the employee told me, sorry all in garage for repairing , 106 bicycles , can you imagin
    its funny
    just i am sharing my experience

    qa.linkedin.com/in/mohammad-shaheen-194aa638

  10. Annanelle salva

    Hi, i am new here in qatar, working in saloon and spa , if anybody like to pampering. , please come to a ganda beauty saloon, at new slata , near indonisian embassy..ty.

  11. Fayaz ahmed shaik

    Hello everybody, im looking for a safety officer/Engineer job here in qatar if anyone assists me to get a job im very much thank full to them.
    My details are:

    Safety officer with 4+ years of experience with NEBOSH IGC, IOSH MS & Mchanical engineering.

    cell : +974 70033035
    E-mail : fayyy.ca@gmail.com

  12. Fayaz ahmed shaik

    Hello everybody, im looking for a safety officer/Engineer job here in qatar if anyone assists me to get a job im very much thank full to them.
    My details are:

    Safety officer with 4+ years of experience with NEBOSH IGC, IOSH MS & Mchanical engineering.

    cell : +974 70033035
    E-mail : fayyu.ca@gmail.com

  13. I want to make good friends
    my name is junaid
    I’m from pakistan
    I’m 18.years old
    I’m a student
    my facebook email:junaid.ali@funny.come
    I like to make good friends

  14. Tuesday Ladies Group (TLG)

    Meeting cost members is now 65 QAR Non members 100 QAR

    All ladies are welcome and we have a dedicated committee member to assist you.
    Email tlgindoha@gmail.com

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