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JustHere | November 15, 2017

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Born this way

Shiva Singh

Born: February 26, 1987

Profession: Digital marketing & Founder of

Nationality: Indian

In Qatar since: Since age 6

Annual residence permit renewal: November

Earliest Qatar Memory: Waiting for the school bus at 5:30am (MES Indian School); the Thursday evening dinner with family at Welcome Restaurant in Msheireb; visits to Al Bidda Park; getting new video games from New World Centre (Souq Nabina).

Those other places: Everything is so accessible – most of the things you need are always within a 5-10 minute drive. The one thing I wish Qatar was better at is being pedestrian friendly and have no-car zones, encouraging people to walk more.

The thing I’d missed most about Qatar: Homemade food & how affordable everything is. Those late night drives and getting karak. The late opening hours of shops & restaurants. 

What must change here, now: Labour rights and the way labourers are treated by their employers. Pay discrimination based on nationality. Qatar also needs to become a lot more start-up friendly.

What do you wish would never change: Petrol prices!

Home is: Where the wifi connects automatically. Where the fridge is always full.

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