Born: February 1, 1984
Profession: Designer, Illustrator, Branding consultant
In Qatar since: 1988
Annual residence permit renewal: October
Earliest Qatar Memory: Going to the Corniche and the original old souk with my parents and kid brother in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Doha had a small-town charm to it then—it’s still there, but is gradually fading away.
Those other places: You only notice that small-town charm when you’ve lived elsewhere for a while. Living and working in India was an eye-opening experience. Being in a country of people that number well over a billion, you’re forced to reassess your personal issues against those that surround you.
The thing I’d missed most about Qatar: The calm and my family. And more recently, the otherworldly quiet that the desert can be.
What must change here, now: Attitudes need to be adjusted in pace with the speed at which the country seems to want to grow. Thankfully, it’s happening, regardless of whether or not it is voluntary.
What do you wish would never change: The peaceful pace of life here.
Home is: Simaisma