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Name: Natasa Seferovic.

Where are you from? Pogorica, Montenegro.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since June 2013, which is quite a long period considering I wanted to leave Qatar the first week I arrive, but things change and it is currently very difficult for me to leave here. 

Why did you move to Qatar? Research and academic advancement in Political Sciences.

What are you passionate about? Acknowledgement, research, travelling, basketball and silk painting. Quite diverse, just like Qatar itself. 

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? There is always a home away from home. If you want, if you are brave, no matter where you are, no matter how far you are from your country of origin, you can settle down and create the life you desire. 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I have travelled a lot, but the diversity and contrast of cultures and ethnicity I have come across in Qatar is quite rare to find. It should be an advantage not a disadvantage. We have to communicate more. We have to break down the walls between the different groups and feel that Qatar is home to us all and is not just a transit stop before moving on. To learn and to take the best from everyone. To listen more to others and to remove the stereotypes that exist.

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Name: Han Bing.

Where are you from? Yinchuan, China.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since October 2004.

Why did you move to Qatar? Studied Arabic, so wanted to work in Arabic country.

What are you passionate about? My family.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Respect others for their different cultures and habits.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? It sounded interesting as we are a multi-cultural family.

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Name: Oliver Moritz.

Where are you from? Frankfurt, Germany.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since June 2004.

Why did you move to Qatar? To work abroad. Opened a branch of a German company. Initially planned to come for 6 months.

What are you passionate about? Family life, learning about different cultures and helping others.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? That you are only a guest in most places of the world and you should appreciate what you have.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I have been here so long, so I try to give back to the country, whenever I can. I believe this project will support my aim.

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Name: Pascal Moritz.

Where are you from? Born in Qatar.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since February 2012.

Why did you move to Qatar? I WAS BORN HERE!

What are you passionate about? Football.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Give me more time to think.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? My parents dragged me along.

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Name: Françoise Freifer. 

Where are you from? Beirut, Lebanon. 

How long have you been in Qatar? Since July 2009.

Why did you move to Qatar? To work and try something new.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about many things: photography is one of them.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? You learn that you are stronger than you have ever imagined.   

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I liked the idea of it. If we can look at people for who they really are and be more kind to them, we would live in a more peaceful world.

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Name: Valerie Valero.

Where are you from? Cebu City, Philippines.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since December 2013.

Why did you move to Qatar? To be with my Husband and hopefully start a family.

What are you passionate about? Family and Travel.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? I have learned to be very grateful for everything that I have right now. My husband and I are lucky to be granted a family status by his company. Accommodation, transportation, health benefits and necessary bills are being taken cared by them. Now we can save and send more help back home.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Since I'm pretty new here, I wanted to learn more of Qatar. One way of doing so is to see the type of people it has.  

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Name: Giovedi Baes.

Where are you from? Cebu City, Philippines.

How long have you been in Qatar? October 2006 - May 2011, October 2013 - present.

Why did you move to Qatar? For a better job opportunity.

What are you passionate about? Family, music and work.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? In my profession, I have learned to be flexible in dealing with people of different nationalities and level of profession; adjusting to their cultures, understanding their accents and most especially enjoying their kinds of food.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I think this opens up to a network of opportunity by allowing us to build new relationships within the community. It also served as a breather from my work.

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Name: Evgenia Berestneva.  

Where are you from? Saint-Petersburg, Russia.  

How long have you been in Doha? I came in Doha in June 2011, and though I travel for a couple of months almost every summer, it has been 3 years.  

Why did you move to Qatar? I was part of a student organisation for several years in Russia and Italy, which 
was organising internship programmes for young people (AIESEC). At a certain period I was looking for an 
internship in graphic design and communication in an NGO or social enterprise and I found one in The Youth 
Company. To be honest, I was scared to come to Middle East, but I'm happy i did so, because it has changed 
a lot of my misconceptions.  

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about art and different social issues, or to be more 
precise, how we can address social issues like poverty, hunger, the environment, education, peace, 
tolerance, sustainability through art, design and media.  

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? It's very 
important to have someone who believes in you more than you believe in yourself. It takes some courage to 
take on challenges and risks; and when you are too scared to fail - so scared that you don't even want to 
try - it's only those people who believe in you who have the power to push you forward. So, I've realised how 
important it is to surround myself with those kind of people - right people. 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? It connects with my passion: art used to promote tolerance 
and celebrate diversity. I really hope it can reflect how different and how similar we are at the same time, 
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 of our age, experience and country of origin.

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Name: Audrey Choge. 

Where are you from? I hail from Nairobi, Kenya - one of the best destinations in Africa. 

How long have you been in Qatar? Since 20th May, 2013. 

Why did you move to Qatar? Moving here was one of the biggest decisions I ever made. I was going to be 
away from my family - all alone in the desert! As soon as I got on the plane I knew there was no turning back. 
It's either I go back home a winner or I GO BACK HOME A WINNER (that was the only option). So I moved 
here in search of a better job/opportunity, looking for growth and to make a lot of MULLA - money in Kenyan 
slang. 

What are you passionate about? I like to think that I am a hospitality enthusiast with a flair for the Arts. 
Anything from poetry, storytelling, plays, films, sports. You name it and you will find me there. I am 
passionate about spreading love just like my icon Audrey Hepburn. I believe I was born with an enormous 
need for affection, and a terrible need to give it. I am all about family and true friendships.  

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Things are 
not always as they seem. I am a living testament to that. But we learn and we move on with an even better 
understanding of what life is, even the approach you take towards it becomes different. So thank you Qatar 
for teaching and enhancing my ability to adjust my attitude towards life!  

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I wanted to be a part of it because I believe that it has a 
way of communicating to different individuals on different levels. Having all the cultures share their thoughts 
and learning from one another is what makes the world go round. I believe that it can spread unity and love 
and be a great example of different people working in the same place and towards one goal. At the end of 
the day it will tell a beautiful story!

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Name: Alaa Kubbar.

Where are you from? Libya. 

How long have you been in Qatar? Since September 2010. 

What are you passionate about? Back in high school my life revolved around two things: academics and my 
school’s volleyball team. I was so passionate about the sport. Unfortunately, ever since moving here I have 
only 
managed to play a few times because I was unable to find a group committed to regular games. 

I'm also passionate about learning new languages.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? The biggest life 
lesson I learnt since moving here is the importance of family. Being the eldest daughter and having a huge 
gap between my siblings, it often felt as though I was playing a parental role. But since moving here and 
being away from all my friends I feel like our relationship has improved significantly. And I guess them 
being older helped as well! 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? As a future physician, I understand the importance of 
diversity and culture and being able to fully interact, learn, accept and appreciate our differences. So this 
project is not only applicable on a social level, but is also beneficial for my future practice.

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Name: Isham Marikar. 

Where are you from? Puttalam, Sri Lanka. 

How long have you been in Qatar? March, 2014.  

Why did you move to Qatar? I moved here to get a better job because back in Sri Lanka people are facing 
lots of challenges to save money. So I came here to save some money. I miss my home and my home town. 
I’m a youth activist back in Sri Lanka and I am always involving myself in politics to get justice, but it caused 
a lot of trouble to my family so they just sent me here because they think Qatar will be safe for me. 

I came on a visit visa to search for a job with my BSc in Computing. I met many people and came to know 
that I know nothing, but my local community back home were saying I know a lot about international matters. 
After spending some months here in Qatar, I realised this would be the best place for me to improve myself.  

What are you passionate about? Volunteering. This is the only thing I would love to do until the end of my 
life. Helping strangers without any expectation gives me a lot of satisfaction. I meet different types of human
beings and I always share my experience with them. I also learn a lot of real time knowledge and skills from 
them to 
make my life better. I have only been in Qatar for three months, but I have volunteered for five 
different events, 
including a Guinness World Record Event which was organized by Qatar Charity with the 
support of Mission20. 
We collected 29.5 Metric tonnes of clothing in 24 hours and sent them to the needy 
in Yemen, Central African 
Republic and the Philippines. 

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? I have come to 
appreciate how lucky we are to have a good job and better life. I try to meet at least one labour worker every 
day. I talk with them over some cool drinks. Many of them work so hard under the sun to build a house and 
send their kids to school back in their country! I always pray for them in my prayers and also I thank the 
Almighty for the life he gave me. “No one can live without support”. 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? There are millions of people living here in Qatar and the 
reason why they here is money! They don’t have much time to get to know each other. This project is giving 
them a way to compare themselves with others. In reality, we always compare ourselves with others and I 
hope this project will help us compare some good things.  

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Name: Ayat Omer Essabi. 

Where are you from? Tangasi, Sudan.  

How long have you been in Qatar? Since June 2005, but I have been going back and forth between Qatar 
and Sudan (2008-2013) for university.  

Why did you move to Qatar? I moved here with my family in 2004 because my dad got a job as an architect 
for the Doha 2006 Asian games and it's honestly the best thing that ever happened to me. I love this place!  

What are you passionate about? I'm a pharmacist now and I'm very passionate about my profession, but 
I'm also a singer so I'm also very passionate about music, which is great because these are two different 
fields that I'm trying to develop myself in, so they keep me busy and inspired most of the time.  

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? You can always 
make new friends and you can always make the place you're in "home". Beautiful people are everywhere, 
you just have to look around and allow them to show themselves. So basically, it made me believe in 
humanity even more.  

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Because it's a brilliant idea. There's so much more to us as 
humans than meets the eye, so this project gives a voice to each face and just makes us realise how 
colourful, diverse and beautiful the people who live in Qatar are, so I was more than happy to participate.

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Name: Felice Marano. 

Where are you from? Napoli, Italy. 

How long have you been in Qatar? I moved to Qatar in February 2014. 

Why did you move to Qatar? Being involved in different international exchange programmes provided by 
the European Union, I was fortunate enough to explore different aspects of the European culture. That gave 
me the opportunity to develop a certain kind of European citizenship, being able to communicate in several 
languages, absorbing different habits and traditions, always being surrounded with an international 
environment. At a point in my life, I took part in a youth-oriented project in the amazing South Africa where 
I had the opportunity to discover a unique, vibrant culture where nature has the incredible power to leave 
you speechless and people are so incredibly diverse. The only feeling I had was to deepen my sense of 
belonging to the whole world so as to develop a more global citizenship. Thus, I thought to move out from 
Europe in a time where few opportunities are provided to young people and decided to experience a 
different part of the world for a longer time. This is how I started working as Programmes and Events 
Manager of the Youth Hub Qatar - a set of smart spaces and concepts, in Doha, for young people to 
discover their passion, develop their talents and work together in a creative environment. 

What are you passionate about? I am all about languages and cultures, diversity and inspiring people. 
I love travelling, to move from one place to another and to challenge myself through different experiences. 
Dance, music and art in all its forms are also playing a fundamental role in my life, representing a great 
opportunity to nurture my soul and stimulate my creativity. I practice Yoga on a daily basis and also love to 
meditate. In a time where people are moving faster and technology is playing a very important role in our 
daily lives, I find spirituality a powerful tool to get in contact with my inner spirit, to escape from the 
surrounded chaos and to feel more connected with nature and the mix of energies leading our unique paths. 

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? To be 
surrounded by people trusting your abilities and every single thing you do is very important; I consider it to 
be such a great gift. But what I have experienced and learned in Doha is that if one does not start believing 
in oneself and one’s potential, it can be very hard to achieve great results. Every day is a new lesson for 
me, learning that one of the main obstacles I have to overcome is just me.  

What I have also learned here is that it is very important to discover our gifts, to develop our unique talents 
so as to create a great opportunity for us to align our jobs with our passions. It is very important to face 
challenges and obstacles arising from everyday life or from the working environment. Life is beautiful the 
way it is and everyone is unique and must be respected and valued for the wonderful contribution they add 
to our daily lives. 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I want to be a part of the project because I think the face 
can say a lot about a person. Whether you are angry, happy, peaceful or not, the expression and the eyes 
still reflect who you really are and what you are feeling on the inside. 

I want to also share a thought with all the young people out there, on how important it is to be unique, to 
appreciate our diversities, to open up our minds and to understand that despite the difficulties in life, the 
innumerable challenges - especially for certain isolated and discriminated minorities - life is always ready to 
give us a reason to smile, to appreciate such a unique gift. After all, how could we appreciate the joys and 
wonders of life without first passing through moments of deep reflection and agony? Life is such a wonderful 
gift and our only responsibility is to make it the most beautiful of all our experiences.

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Name: Elizabeth Holloway.

Where are you from? Yorkshire Dales, England, United Kingdom.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since August 2009.

Why did you move to Qatar? Work, a new challenge, to fulfil an ambition to work and see a different perspective on life.

What are you passionate about? My family, fairness, equality and education! 

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? To listen, watch, reflect and not to take anything for granted! 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Because I wanted to be a part of a project that reflected the diversity of this country we have chosen to be our host.

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Face of Qatar #015

Name: Fahad Khalied Al-Thani.

Where are you from? Doha, Qatar.

What are you passionate about? Boxing. 

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt? I learnt many lessons in my life but if I had to chose one, it would be to try to never disobey my mother. 

As a Qatari citizen, do you feel the diverse ethnic mix migrating to Qatar adds to Qatar's identity? Yes, I believe having a broader ethnic mixture in Qatar adds greatly to the current development of the country where such mixture will bring new ideas, which will reflect on the out side view of the country.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I wanted to be in this projects so I can show that in Qatar diversity is embraced and accepted.

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Name: Issa Al-Athnien Klshat Almahri.

Where are you from? Al Getha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since March 2014.

Why did you move to Qatar? I have always been interested in living in Doha and as soon as I came here, it felt like home.

What are you passionate about? Cars, particularly Land Cruisers.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? A person needs to work hard in order to enjoy the fruits of his labour. A human without work is like a tree without fruits.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I wanted to help show the diversity of the country.

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Face of Qatar #017

Name: Andrzej Boryslawski.

Where are you from? Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland.

How long have you been in Qatar? October, 2012.

Why did you move to Qatar? An opportunity came up to work on a challenging project in a growing telecom group. It was also an excellent opportunity for my wife and I to taste the Middle Eastern culture in the modern, peaceful and growing Doha.

What are you passionate about? Rock music and travelling, especially with my wife.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? "Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving."

Why do you want to be a part of this project? This project shows Doha in many faces through the eye gaze. It is a great opportunity to stop for a moment and look at them on a more personal level.

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Face of Qatar #018

Name: Aneta Stefanowicz.

Where are you from? Gdansk, Poland.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since May 2013.

Why did you move to Qatar? I joined my husband who got an interesting job offer in Doha and after some heated family discussions, we came to the decision that we were ready for a significant change in our lives and for an exciting adventure here in the Middle East. After I arrived in Doha, I was also successful in finding a job, so both of us are able to develop in work environments so different to what we were used to in Europe.

What are you passionate about? 19th century opera, dancing salsa and travelling with my husband.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Don't run through life. Take your time.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Maya Angelou once said, "In diversity there is beauty and there is strength." Qatar is for me a unique country with over 80% of its residents being of different nationalities (other than Qatari). You hardly ever see such diversity in other countries. This project is a great opportunity to manifest this diversity and to leave a trace of my presence here.

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Face of Qatar #019

Name: Marium Saba.

Where are you from? Oldham, England, United Kingdom.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since January 2013.

Why did you move to Qatar? I wanted to move to a country where I could explore another culture, to experience a different way of living. Qatar is developing but still has strong cultural roots - a best of both worlds. It's interesting to see Qatar building itself to shine.

What are you passionate about? Education. I feel we live in a world which is full of hate and so much ignorance. I am not an exception to this as I too am ignorant of many things. I feel education has the power to open minds. It enables one to think beyond what one is accustomed to. As a new teacher, I have placed great importance on always teaching in a fun and exciting way to initiate learning through curiosity. Where there is curiosity there will always be a thirst for education - to know and understand more.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? That deep, deep, deep happiness does not come with materialistic goods. It comes with the feeling of being content; the knowledge of knowing what really matters. Spending time with myself, by the peaceful and beautiful corniche has allowed me to see the beauty of this life we have been blessed with. To understand we have to live each and every day we have been blessed with by doing what makes us happy. At the end of the day, that is all that really matter.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I love cultural diversity. I feel diversity should be embraced; it shows the beauty of Allah's creation. We are so different yet we are all the same. Diversity is a strong tool. The differences we can learn from, and in the similarities we can find comfort and connect. 

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Face of Qatar #020

Name: Abdulla P Ahammad

Where are you from? Kerala, India.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since September 2009.

Why did you move to Qatar? Many construction projects have started here and as an engineer, I can be part of this bright future. My dad has worked here for more than three decades and from his impressions, it seems to be a place where I can grow along with the growth of the country. 

What are you passionate about? One of my greatest passions is to learn a new language. I also love to cook and eat a variety of different food. 

What would say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? If you help someone, don't expect anything in return from them; but you will get the help from another source.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I liked your idea and I am interested to get to know people and be exposed to ideas from all over the world.