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JustHere | November 15, 2017

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Born this way

Malik Habayeb

Born: January 8, 1992

Profession: Research Assistant at Doha Institute

Nationality: Palestinian

In Qatar since: Birth

Annual residence permit renewal: May

Earliest Qatar Memory: Riding my bicycle throughout the streets of the Old Airport area (where I grew up), playing street football with kids from the neighbourhood, and going to the Souq with my family every Friday afternoon.

Those other places: When I went away from Qatar, I was surprised by the distance between one place and another (although I must say Doha traffic makes up for it), the variety seen in landscape, weather, shopping and food outlets (again, which is compensated by the diversity of Qatar’s community).

The thing I’d missed most about Qatar: Hearing the Athan (call to prayer) almost anywhere and everywhere.

What must change here, now: Something we all ought to consistently aspire to do is treat people with dignity irrespective of nationality, faith, gender, or social status.

What do you wish would never change: The generosity and kindness of people and the view along the Corniche.

Home is: Where my family and loved ones are, where I yearn to return.

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