Simone Meagan Desouza
Born: March 8, 1995
Profession: Journalism Intern
In Qatar since: the age of 1
Annual residence permit renewal: December
Earliest Qatar Memory: Waiting for my school (Ideal Indian School) bus at 5.45 am outside my apartment in Mughalina
Those other places: When i went away from Qatar, i was surprised by the vastness and distance between places along with the change in culture – dressing style, accent, habits. Also, the fact that cars stopped for you to walk at the pedestrian crossing.
The thing I’d missed most about Qatar: The luxury of everything being so easy – no long commute and no extravagant prices.
What must change here, now: The opportunities for youth need to be more widespread in Qatar, a country which is now booming and expanding at a rapid pace. The opportunities shouldn’t only start for students when they’re done with university, but right from school.
What do you wish would never change: The rate at which construction suddenly took over the entire country; it’s starting to look like Qatar will soon lose its Arabic heritage once this jungle of concrete buildings take over.
Home is: Where people who I connect on a deeper emotional level with are rather than just the acquaintances whom I meet infrequently.