I met a guy at work, that has been in Qatar for a while, but never really got to see the country from a non-touristic view. He’s been to the tourist attractions of course, walking down the Cornish, having shisha at the souq, riding a buggy at sealine, taking a boat ride at the pearl, and roaming most of the malls, (which is pretty much all you can do here). But he has never really seen Qatar from a residents eyes.
I told him things would change now, I promised to show him around. Show him what people usually do here, show him the places locals and residence usually go to.
Going to tourist attractions in countries is nice, but I don’t believe you have seen a country or understood it’s people or traditions until you have been all around. He hasn’t seen the small streets or the cozy little cafes. He hasn’t seen the skyline from the perfect spot. He hasn’t tasted the traditional food, heard traditional music, or seen a traditional dance.
In this multicultural peninsula there’s so much to learn, not just about locals but about the different nationalities and cultures that make Qatar what it is.
I made a list of things to do, and day after day we will cross them out. From the little shisha bars, to having karak at the park. From walking around Katara and looking at the art. From playing at the bowling alleys and just spending the night at the movies, there’s actually a lot to do in this little country.
Other then the sites to see, and places to go, learning about the people, culture and traditions is a must here. It’s very different from most of the world, it has its unique way of going about life.
Every day I teach him a few new Arabic words, and we discuss the customs of Qatar. He was very curious about the people down here. Why they dress the way that they do, why they act in certain ways, and why so many rules are put in place.
So I made it my mission to be his tour guide and knowledge center, and it’s so much fun! I’m learning about Qatar all over again.