I really feel bad about what happen to me. I just want to vent on you guys since I know that i did nothing wrong.
Yesterday, I was going home from city centre and while approaching one of these round-abouts (i'm turning right), I saw this land cruiser on the left side of the round-about in full stop because another car(half-way) is going towards me from the opposite side so I did not bother to stop and proceed to turn right. Suddenly this LC is behind my back and keep honking. he overtook me and trying to pinch me on the right side of the road then he signalled that I stop. So I stop knowing that I did not violate any traffic rules.
A middle age qatari guy then get out of his car and furiously berated me and telling me that I should stop in the round-about and should give way to him. I told him that I have the advantage. When he could not justify anymore his cause, he told me that "you are in Qatar! you are not in your country! do you want to go to jail?!" Right then, I know that this guy will not accept any explanation and insist that what is white is black and not white.
I did not bother to answer back and let him do all the talking. Maybe he got tired and go back to his car.
I am just wondering, why? don't we have rights here to refute back? I felt sad and it's my first time to experience this here. I'm a defensive driver. I never fine any traffic violations in my 3 years of driving here.
I was in Russia in may and was unpleasantly surprised to find out that my QNB cards didn't work at all, while my Brazilian cards, and Commercial Bank cards worked flawlessly.
Of course when I complained to QNB they blamed the Russian side (why Commercial Bank cards worked then?)
Did anyone else have had this sort of problems? If yes, what bank and what country?
A few folks in another thread have suggested I start this anew, and see who'd be interested to participate.
The purpose would be to get something going in the way of generating funds to help with the needs of labourers' problems here in Qatar.
I'd love to get a QatarLiving ch. drive thing going. Perhaps even a QatarLiving Ball / Night of a Thousand I's!!... etc etc. Great way to get together and with a 'purpose' too !
I have loads of ideas for that kind of thing..., I create themes for events like this, so no big deal, and its a great way to bolster the funds to pay for help for the labourers needs.
Alright, it's not an official day, but I just thought I'd say:
"Thanks to all the expatriates that come to Qatar, help to develop the country, give us more reason to improve, and contribute to this fast developing nation.
From my heart as a Qatari,
I have a friend who is married and wants to get a divorce from her husband...she needs help, so knowing all you as I do, you know much more about this than I do, so I'm coming to you for your assistance. (and no, its NOT me...I'm going to torture my husband quite a few more years first)
She wants to know... can it be done, how to go about it, how much it costs, and how fast does it occur? They have no children and nothing to divide since they weren't married very long. I don't believe they were married in Qatar either.
My husband and I are lucky enough to have a week off for Eid, and we would like to go to Turkey or Jordan. Can you recommend any particular travel agencies for trips within the Middle East and beyond? (Eventually we hope to travel to Africa and South Asia during our two-year stint here in Doha). Do you know of any travel or tour agencies that we should take care to avoid altogether?
If you are so inclined, it is nice sometimes to pop a few bits of fruit in your car, or a couple of bottles of water, and offer them to the workers by the side of the road during the 12.00 til 3.00 break, when many of the construction workers are lying there having their 'relax' time (in 48 degree heat) between shifts.
You can also get rid of your old shoes (sorry ladies, not you, unless they are trainers) and T shirts the same way. Even sunglasses and hats are welcome.
I know we won't clothe or feed everyone, "but every little helps said the old lady, as she peed on the rhubarb".
Sept 3 is Qatari Independence Day and (from what I know) a national holiday. I've also heard that the Emir often graciously decrees the day before or after as a holiday to give people a long weekend (that would be Sunday the 2nd this year).
But the big buzz around my office is that Sep 3 is expected to just be a working day from now on and that the "holiday" has been moved to Dec 18.
Someone mentioned that this rumour is also in the latest edition of the Marhaba.
Can anyone in the know support or refute this rumour?
Whats the best way to get a regular update and invite on the different lectures/ talks open to the public that are organized the the different Universities in the Education City and other instituations in Doha?
Has anyone had to query a traffic violation and if so where did you go and what was the outcome
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