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Name: Hilda Julio Guzman.

Where are you from? Cartagena, Colombia.

When did you move to Qatar? Since September 2013.

Why did you move to Qatar? To follow my husband's job, and stay with the family.

What are you passionate about? My passions are cooking, dancing, travelling around the world, meeting people of different cultures, and learning about their cultures.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? The education opportunities. In Qatar it is very difficult to find a good school and availability in the schools for our kids to join. A positive thing about living in Doha is that we can enjoy a lot more time with our family during our free-time, as there is not too many different things to do.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Because, my young sister is an artist, and so I like to help other young artists by supporting their projects and ideas, helping them to get recognised and known for their work in the local community, and even internationally.

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Name: Dimitrije Bugarski.

Where are you from? Novi Sad, Serbia.

How long have you been in Qatar? Moved to Qatar on 3rd of September, 2012.

Why did you move to Qatar? The reason I moved to Qatar is the same reason everybody comes here, money and good job market. I am an architect and the whole country is one big construction site.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about what I do, architecture and art, and also travelling, which is part of my personality. That allowed me to move with ease and almost no fear.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? When you move to another country, especially one diverse as Qatar, you learn a lot of new things about yourself. One lesson I would place above all of the rest is that we are more adaptable than what we may initially think and that our life goals -  and small ones too - can easily change with a new environment and the people we are surrounded by.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? This project gives you an insight in this temporary society. Everyone is aware of its diversity, but only when we actually get introduced to individuals we see what is behind the scenes.

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Name: Nemanja Ribić.

Where are you from? Novi Sad, Serbia.

How long have you been in Qatar? I have been in Qatar since April 2012.

Why did you move to Qatar? I moved to Qatar primarily because of work and also to experience the way of living in the middle east.

What are you passionate about? I'm passionate about three things: martial arts, in particular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; Yoga, and my work which is Interior Design.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? The biggest life lesson that I learned here so far I would say is the importance of time management.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I wanted to be a part of your project because I see Qatar as a crossroads for Middle East - there are just so many different nationalities that are all amazing in their own way - and a chance to present this view is something I will always support.

 

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Name: Diana Randall.

Where are you from? Milagro, Ecuador.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since 3rd January, 2009.

Why did you move to Qatar? I moved here with my husband Steve who accepted a job offer.

What are you passionate about? Fighting animal cruelty and child abuse.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Doha? To keep an open mind.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? When I first saw the message looking for people from different parts of the world, I jumped at the chance to represent my country and be part of this wonderful and very unique project.

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Name: Stephen Sheppard.

Where are you from? Bridgend, Wales, UK.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since October 2007.

Why did you move to Qatar? New work opportunity.

What are you passionate about? I get extremely upset if I see ill treatment to any animal, which can be common here. 

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Doha? That different cultures and religions can live and work side by side safely here regardless of what may be happening in their own countries. 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? To publicly share a moment in the history of this country.

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Name: Nabeelah Imraan Rajah.

Where are you from? Johannesburg, South Africa.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? I felt I needed some kind of change in my life. My mom happened to move here for work and I decided to join her to see what possibilities lay beyond the borders of my country.

What are you passionate about? Animals, Islam, philosophy, nature, music, culture and learning.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? It's difficult to highlight just one lesson out of the bunch I've learnt since I moved here. Perhaps, the biggest lesson I learnt was that there is so much to be thankful for. Living in a state where everything is so temporary, I have learned to deal with and embrace change.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Faces of Qatar provides me with a platform to express who I am, my identity. It also shows us the plural nature of our world, how diverse we are globally, yet it shows that with all that difference, we are all part of one humanity- how similar we may be, even though we may come from different parts of the world. We are each gifts to another, each great thinkers who have potentials to make differences in people's lives.

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Name: Simon de Bargas.

Where are you from? I am French. It's not easy to answer this question. I've already moved 18 times across French territories and Europe, but I feel like Paris is home.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? I was looking for a new location to live a new adventure, to discover new cultures and people from all over the world.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about people, their cultures, but also about music and practicing any kinds of sports.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Don't judge from the outside. If you want to get an idea about a country, you should live in that country for a while. Living with people from different cultures can be frustrating sometimes, but always very funny.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I want to be a part of this project that could fight wrong ideas about this country and show the real Qatar that I live in.

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Name: Joerg Bunger. 

Where are you from? Hamburg, Germany.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since March 2007. 

Why did you move to Qatar? Good job offer.

What are you passionate about? History.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Time is ticking different in Qatar.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Because I am a very technical person and like to meet people with different mindsets. 

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Name: Cassiana Bunger. 

Where are you from? Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? My husband, who received a job offer to work here. 

What are you passionate about? Patchwork.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? The police are confusing the traffic instead of relaxing the situation. We can lose a lot of time in traffic. 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Because I am fascinated by pictures!

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Name: Marwan Ali Ghunaim

Where are you from? Palestine.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? The company I work for is establishing a new branch here and I am here to manage it.

What are you passionate about? Capoeira and social work.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? The place or country does not matter when looking at how interesting a place is. It's the people in it 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? The project sounds very interesting and I surely support bringing people together

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Name: Tórunn Heđinsdóttir Jacobsen 

Where are you from? Tórshavn, Faroe Islands.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? My husband and I have been abroad some years - our seventh year this month. I became a mother when I was 18, so now we are travelling/working around.

What are you passionate about? I'm passionate about many different cultures living together; new stories and experiences, which enrich me. I imagine one day I will be sitting with my cup of tea as an old lady, with a smile on my lips and looking back at the time when we were expats in Qatar. Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus etc. were living together in peace in a time when religion scattered a shadow of insecurity in most parts of the world. Also, it's very nice the sun shines every day.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? The place or country does not matter when looking at how interesting a place is. It's the people in it 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I'm proud to be Faroese. People don't know much about the Faroe Islands and your project is interesting. You make a difference.

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Name: Abdelmajid Ouadjou. 

Where are you from? I was born in the south of Morocco, in a small village lost in the Atlas mountains called Ighrem Amazdar. I am a member of the biggest Amazigh tribe in Morocco (Ait Atta). When I was 5, my father who was already settled in France took us all to live with him. I grew up in Roubaix near the Belgian border.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? I moved to Qatar because I was fed up with France. I grew up there but as all the "foreigners" people always try to convince you that this is not your home. I had this bad feeling. I didn't feel happy there any more. Being Muslim didn't facilitate things. I couldn't bear the French mentality any more. A friend of mine, who was already in Doha, convinced me to join him here.

What are you passionate about? I like photography that I practice as an amateur and the Amazigh (Berber) Culture and History.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Leaving family and friends back in France is the most difficult, but wherever you go, you will always feel home, if you have good people around you. 

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Getting a glimpse into migrants history in Qatar is interesting. Each one coming from all over the world for different reasons but same purpose: A better life for them and their family.

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Name: Joanne Divine.

Where are you from? Canada.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since August 2007.

Why did you move to Qatar? I worked for a Canadian university in Canada and they opened their first international campus in 2007. I always wanted to work and live overseas and seized the opportunity; as well as the monetary and travel opportunities.

What are you passionate about? Travel, fitness, cooking and trying new recipes gluten and dairy free. Hiking, camping, biking, canoeing and kayaking

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? We always see, interpret and perceive through our culture's eyes. It colours everything.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Curiosity. Who is the person behind this project? Why does he want to do this? What has he learned during this process?How does he see this bringing cultures together? I am proud to represent my country Canada.

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Name: Mo Bishara.

Where are you from? Sudanese British.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? I always wanted to move to the Middle East for some reason just to see how life would be, and also needed a change from the life in London where realise work becomes your life instead the other way round.

What are you passionate about? Photography, capoeira, basketball, culture, and of course music.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Don't think it's really easy to pin point one, but being patient is definitely one of them and having a stronger belief of everything happens for a reason, which allows you to embrace everything coming your way. The other lesson will probably be finding good people you can relate to, but all of the above probably apply to any place really!

Why do you want to be a part of this project? It's a very interesting project, and you get to support someone who believes in something. Also it gives you a little insight of how diversified this place is, and the story everyone holds, but yet, most will have one thing in common ....the search for a better life.

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Name: Eric Chantraine.

Where are you from? Brussels, Belgium.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? Working for a construction contractor on a stadium project.

What are you passionate about? Reading books and caring for humans.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? There is more then the visibility of petro-money, Qatari seems to be keen to discover other cultures.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? At first as a curiosity, second for being part of one project to connect different people of various origin

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Name: Jose Rafael Ibanez.

Where are you from? Sydney, Australia.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? I moved to Qatar for a different approach to post graduate work. Aviation, being the industry I've studied in, is sky rocketing in the Middle East and as a travel enthusiast, Qatar was where I'd be able to grow in my chosen industry and sate my wanderlust.

What are you passionate about? Definitely aviation and travel. There's nothing like the two of them and they compliment each other so well.

Both brings people and culture together in a melting pot. They both make the world a smaller place for everyone.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Honestly, there's so much Qatar has taught me that I can't just pinpoint one thing.

Qatar has taught me how to survive in my own and also how much I needed to be around other people as well. It's taught me just how big the world really is and how much we rely on each other to make things happen.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? It's something new, I'm not one to say no to a project of insight either. I think it's awesome that people can look into life in Qatar from an actual perspective rather than what they're fed on the news.

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Name: Hanane Korchi.

Where are you from? I'm from Vancouver, Canada. My parents are from Morocco.

How long have you been in Qatar? I came to Qatar in March 2011, so approximately 4 years.

Why did you move to Qatar? Friends told me about a job opportunity in Qatar and encouraged me to apply. When that materialized and finally got sorted, I was eager and excited to make the drastic move from West to East.

What are you passionate about? I'm passionate about a lot of things, but high on the list would be spirituality, creative arts & design, typography, alternative health, travel, speciality coffee, and drumming.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? I've learned many things living in Qatar. The main thing is coming to terms with what really makes a geographical location feel like one's own and how to (and how much one should try to) feel indigenous in a place where one knows they will never be. I also learned how small the world can be from this unique and central location, yet how large it remains to traverse and explore!

Why do you want to be a part of this project? I value multiculturalism and I am happy to live in a different expression of multiculturalism in Qatar than the one I grew up with in Vancouver. The term is so general and it's manifestations can be so varied. That variation is why I love this project. I think capturing the extensive ethnic make-up of Qatar is an excellent way of highlighting one of it's greatest strengths and one of it's biggest challenges.

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Name: Adegbuji-Onikoyi Abolade Ahmed.

Where are you from? Lagos, Nigeria.

How long have you been in Qatar? Since 2nd May, 2013.

What are you passionate about? Well, not really passionate about a specific thing, but I love adventures. I think I have passion being a federal agent and discovering new challenges.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? I think the biggest lesson I have learned is, no matter where you are or go, people you think you call friends or family from your country may end up stabbing you in the back. But if you are honest to yourself and to people you meet from other places in the world, I've discovered you can actually meet people you can call family when you are far away from home.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? It’s an opportunity to let the world know that no matter where you are from; no matter your skin colour or religion, we can live as one family.

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Name: Michael Ho.

Where are you from? Hobart, Australia.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? I moved to Qatar to pursue and kick start a career in aviation. I had already moved out of my island home of Tasmania to attend university on the ‘mainland' in Sydney. Moving to work abroad in Qatar was the next big step.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about aviation, culture, languages, photography and people. Aviation enables us to explore the world and we are able to learn about various cultures, languages and people. And we are able to captivate and document these moments by taking photograph.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? My biggest life lesson learnt in Qatar is learning to accept, to move on and also to take on opportunities. Qatar has taught me to value the little things in life that you may have taken for granted from wherever you came from. With a diverse and culturally rich environment in Qatar, you can loose yourself some times in the scorching heat. On the contrary, learning to survive in extreme heat and weasel your way around traffic on the opposite side has been a bonus!

Why do you want to be a part of this project? It is good to be part of something, good to be part of change and by being part of this project, I am a Face of Qatar.

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Name: Ghada khaled.

Where are you from? I am from Cairo, Egypt.

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

Why did you move to Qatar? I moved to Qatar for work and to make some money for more travelling, hopefully.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about music, dancing, sports - especially swimming and capoeira. I also love reading and meeting new people from different cultures, discovering new places and learning about new things.

What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Hmmm the biggest life lesson I learnt here is that people can find harmony in any place, no matter how different things are from their home country; as long as they keep their minds open and flexible enough to accept and even embrace the difference and definitely you can add something to that new place through what you do and what you think would be good for the world and the people around you.

Why do you want to be a part of this project? Because it's interesting to know about other people's journeys and backgrounds .