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Relocating to Doha : looking for friendship and networking

Discussion in 'Indians in Doha' started by kvinde, May 25, 2014.

  1. kvinde

    kvinde Senior IL'ite

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    Hello lovely ladies,

    This is Jaya! I'm a trailing spouse relocating to Doha, Qatar, in mid-August from Denmark. It will be the first time that I shall be living in a Middle-Eastern country. So quite apprehensive, excited and nervous. Relocating to a new country is such a life-changing experience and it becomes more difficult if you end-up being alone. But, fortunately, Doha has a vibrant Indian community. And I would very much like to get familiarize with the Indian community before landing in that alien land. Thus, I would truly appreciate if someone comes forward and be my buddy :))

    I can speak English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada and basic Danish. So language is not a barrier for me. We have been given an accommodation in Al-Hilal area. So it'll be good to know is some of you out there lives in Al-Hilal.

    Looking forward to be part of our Bharatiya community :) and also looking forward to hear from you ladies out there!

    Cheers
    J
     
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  2. bhuvnidhi

    bhuvnidhi IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Jaya , :welcomeWelcome to IL and to the local forum.Yes, Our Doha forum is comparatively active than any other forum here.We have good IL community here with lovely Ilites .:exactly:

    You can go through this thread to get an idea about Qatar and Doha in general.Preethi has provided very good info on Qatar.

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/3248-doha-ladies-introduce-yourselves-here.html

    Also , the below threads will be useful for you in case you need specific details about basic stuffs in Qatar.

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/248219-relocating-to-doha-help-needed.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/250372-relocation-to-qatar.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/238443-indian-schools-in-qatar-2014-a-2.html#post305213


    2. Al-Khor International School===) No review Yet.

    3. Birla Public School (BPS)

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/44658-indian-schools-in-qatar.html#post522770

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/48942-dmis-or-bps-or-dps.html#post574993


    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/123121-best-school-for-kg-2-a.html#post1614953


    4. DPS Modern School

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...an-schools-in-qatar-2014-a-2.html#post3052097

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/44658-indian-schools-in-qatar.html#post537675


    5. Ideal Indian School

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/123121-best-school-for-kg-2-a.html#post1615178


    6. MES Indian School

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/123121-best-school-for-kg-2-a.html#post1615178


    7. Shantiniketan Indian School===)No Review yet.

    8. Noble International School

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...dian-schools-in-qatar-2014-a.html#post3051329

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...ed-noble-indian-kindergarden.html#post2626783

    9. Pearl School

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...ny-reviews-pearl-school-cbse.html#post2937934


    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...an-schools-in-qatar-2014-a-3.html#post3065199


    10. Bhavans School

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...an-schools-in-qatar-2014-a-5.html#post3072212

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/244151-best-schools-in-doha.html#post3119913


    11. Scholars' International School


    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...cholars-international-school.html#post3166122


    12. Springfield Kindergarten.

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...dian-schools-in-qatar-2014-a.html#post3051060


    13.Rajagiri Doha Public school.

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...an-schools-in-qatar-2014-a-4.html#post3066762



    Hospitals in Qatar:

    The Qatar government has invested a lot to provide world class facilities for Qataris and Expats.There are a lot of private hospitals too.We would be surprised to see Helicopters being used for helping victims who suffer from severe injuries during accidents.

    There are many Health centers zonewise to help patients.Hamad Medical Corporation (Qatar state government Hospital) and Pediatric Emergency Center(For children) provide world class facilities at low cost .

    There are good private Hospitals also.To name a few,

    Al – Ahli Hospital
    Doha Clinic
    Al-Emadi Hospital
    American Hospital

    Apart from these there are Indian Hospitals like

    Aster Clinic
    Appollo Hospital.

    Housing in Qatar:

    Housing is pretty expensive in Qatar.You might want to rent a Flat or Villa .There are expats who own properties in Qatar.

    Here are few useful discussions:

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...3-what-difference-between-compound-villa.html
    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...g-accommodation-gharaffa-madinat-khalifa.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/198588-ezdan-18-hows-place-management.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/177532-accommodation-in-doha.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/97725-searching-house-for-rent-qatar.html

    Expat Life in Qatar:

    Qatar is an Islamic country .But the country is very tolerant of other religions .You can follow your faith behind closed doors respecting others/other’s faith.The Qataris are generally friendly.We are expected to dress conservative.The country is not so conservative as Saudi at the same time not as free as Dubai.Alcohol is permitted only when a license is obtained from the state and alcohol is distributed through QDC.

    Visas in Qatar:

    There are different types of Visas depending on the purpose of visit to Qatar.Here is the official site on the Visas from Qatar government.

    MOI-Homepage

    Here are few discussions for your reference:

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/248219-relocating-to-doha-help-needed-2.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/175532-getting-return-visa-indian-parents.html


    Few other discussions that might help you:

    Temple in Qatar: http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/252307-temple-in-qatar.html

    Beauty Services: http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/212337-ladies-beauty-parlour.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/233496-parlour-for-hair-cut.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/190312-indian-ladies-salon-musheireb-area.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/165554-help-me-beauty-parlour.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/170829-parlour-for-good-hair-cut.html

    Music Classes: http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/221729-carnatic-music-personal-classes.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/246469-music-workshop.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...equest-for-carnatic-music-bharathanatium.html

    Cargo Services : http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/247374-about-cargo-services.html

    Dance Classes : http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...arnatic-singing-khuchipudi-dance-classes.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...equest-for-carnatic-music-bharathanatium.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/143876-any-dance-institute.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/88313-there-any-arts-music-dance.html


    Educational Classes :

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/i...ks-physical-educational-practice-classes.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/239817-feed-back-for-braino-brain.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/200872-abacus-class-in-doha.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/25471-abacus-class-for-school-children.html


    Baby sitters/Day care:

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/130322-baby-sitters-day-care-around.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/194069-requesting-info-about-infant-day.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/193518-any-play-school-day-care.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/178658-gulf-baby-care.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/126831-play-schools-in-al-sadd.html


    Cleaners/Maids in Qatar:

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/227613-full-time-house-maid-doha.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/83907-how-to-get-a-nanny.html

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/indians-in-qatar/39848-need-info-about-housemaids.html
     
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  3. bhuvnidhi

    bhuvnidhi IL Hall of Fame

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    Oops, too much of info out there.But IL community is working towards getting all this info organized and you will see a proper relocation guide soon...
     
  4. Preethi

    Preethi Gold IL'ite

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    Very good compilation of all necessary info Bhuvana....all said and done, local champ local champ thaan... :))
     
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  5. kvinde

    kvinde Senior IL'ite

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    :wowthat's one load of information! Thanks a ton Bhuvnidhi for such a detailed information. I have saved this info for my future reference. As per your suggestion, I also introduced myself in a bit detail in the introduction forum. I simply look forward to be an active part of the community when I come there.
    :thankyou2: once again!
     
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  6. bhuvnidhi

    bhuvnidhi IL Hall of Fame

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    Preethi..enna vachu comedy keemedy pannaliye.(Am I being made a comic).

    BTW ,Just learnt everything from you.kneesmiley
     
  7. MadhuSharmila

    MadhuSharmila IL Hall of Fame

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    :wow Bhuvana, Back to Action???

    So much of information in one shot!!!

    Welcome Jaya... Looking forward to see you here soon!
     
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    Hi Jaya,

    I am relatively new (hardly 2 months) to Doha, in fact to the Middle East.

    But, this forum had helped me feel at ease many a times. It had helped me gain insights, be it the petty matters like finding a shop or key issues like work-life balance or school admissions.

    In fact, i have managed to find few friends in my neighborhood through this forum.

    You are sure to find best of buddies and acquaintances that may even last a life time.

    Welcome to Doha:)) Will meet soon!

    cheers,
    Meera.R
     
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  9. nivasri

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    Hi folks,
    Im from chennai, im architect by proffession n looking for a job in doha as my hubby will be in doha by next month...please let meknow if u ve any firms in mind to start with my job hunt....c
    an anyone tell me how long does it take to get Residence permit as i ll be joining him only after having family status been issued... also can u guide me on good residential areas for renting,,,
    Hoping to have great frends here thru "IL"...cannt wait to be a part of new adventure...
    HAPPY LIVING....
     
  10. nivasri

    nivasri Junior IL'ite

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    Hi bhuvnidhi... :thankyou2:
    thks for such detail posting... its very helpful for me personally....
    sridevi
     

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