Name: Moza M. Al-Moosa
Where are you from? I’m mixed Bahraini and Thai. I was born and raised in Thailand and grew up in Qatar.
How long have you been in Qatar? 11 years in total.
Why did you move to Qatar? I moved to Qatar to be with my Arab family; my father is based here.
What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about a lot of things: art, music, traveling, animals, food, physical and mental well-being, act of kindness etc.
What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? “Your life is a result of the choices you make. If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.” Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions for the betterment of yourself. Moving to Qatar was the biggest and toughest choice I made, not once, but twice. I can proudly say I’m glad I did because I get to experience a different culture and lifestyle and also meet people from around the world.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? I really like the idea of this project to gather people from different cultures and backgrounds to express their thoughts. It’s always interesting to see and meet people from different parts of the world and what kind of experiences they have in life because I can learn a lot from them. This project is proof that Qatar is very diversified in terms of cultural diversity.
Name: Shahd Al-Fagih.
Where are you from? I’m from Libya, I was born in Tripoli. I left Tripoli at the age of 8 months and moved to South Africa. I grew up in SA, all my childhood memories were there. After that we moved to the UAE. I spent my teenage years and high school in Dubai. Years later I ended up here graduating university from Qatar.
How long have you been in Qatar? Since May 2015.
Why did you move to Qatar? My dad got a job here so we moved.
What are you passionate about? Culture. Culture fascinates me, The power it has on us and how it shapes our behavior, beliefs, lifestyle and a lot more details about our lives that we can be subconscious about most times. In addition, the way we express our cultural identities in forms of language, accent, food and the way we dress. Fashion, and its relation to culture is something I’m also very passionate about. Since I was a little girl I would watch closely how my mum ties her hijab around her head and later sneak into her room and play dress up with her scarfs trying to tie the head scarf on me the same way she does.
What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? Being grateful for family I must say. Growing up constantly moving to different places, changing schools, neighborhoods and cities, I always had temporary friends. People would come and go in my life but the only permanent thing that was always there through the good and bad is family.
Qatar is actually where I feel closest to home. Here I realised home is where family is.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? I loved the idea of this project as it represents everything I’m passionate about. In addition, seeing the amount of diversity in culture here in Qatar makes you think how amazing it is that a small country like Qatar can bring this amount of different cultures together and also think how will this fact shape its future?
Name: Sarah Abou-Zant.
Where are you from? Nablus, Palestine and Damascus, Syria. My parents grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and most of our family members live there.
How long have you been in Qatar? Born and raised, November 1990.
Why did you move to Qatar? I was born here. Following in the footsteps of his brother and uncle, my dad moved to Qatar in his early 20s.
What are you passionate about? Personal and professional development, currently an ICF life coach-in-training.
Owning one’s truth and finding our authentic selves as we continue to grow, is the kind of work that drives me.
Spirituality, always keen on learning, seeking knowledge and doing things that bring me closer to Allah.
And the freedom and creativity that comes with innovative projects and start-ups.
What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? That differences have the power to unite us. My being different to you doesn't mean we keep each other at arm's length, and instead always go with what’s familiar and comfortable. On the contrary, it's all the more reason for us to connect and work together. Only then do we truly evolve as a collective.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? I think it's time for people to start breaking down their inner barriers and step out of their comfort zone. While this may ring true for many out there, I mostly mean myself. And this project is one stepping stone that allows me to do just that.
Also, one of my values is making meaningful human connections and I feel this project speaks that out in volumes. We may be different from one another, but as human beings, we ultimately seek different threads of the same fabric, whether it's love, peace, or happiness. Being part of this project is one more voice that says, "We're all human."
Name: Ann Jangsell.
Where are you from? I’m from Stockholm in Sweden.
How long have you been in Qatar? I’ve been here since September, 2017.
Why did you move to Qatar? Love. My darling lives here and I also wanted a change of scenery and an adventure. Sweden (and Scandinavia) is cold and dark for so many months of the year and here in Qatar it is the total opposite. Also I was working myself towards a meltdown and a heart attack in my old job, so I really needed to end that circle before it ended me.
What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about life, being present and trying to be a good person, taking every day as a gift and being grateful. I’m passionate about traveling and experiencing different things and making new friends. The world is ours and we have family everywhere if we just talk to each other and are not afraid to do so.
What would you say is the biggest life lesson you learnt since you moved to Qatar? The biggest life lesson for me moving here has been to get to know myself, without being my work and my job title. Before in Sweden, I had this great job and fancy title and I become that person, my job. Moving here to Qatar, trying to find a new job, which took a couple of months, during that time I was sort of a nobody and that, with a bit of retrospective, was interesting, finding Ann, myself. I think that was a necessary journey, because now I have the best job and work with lovely, passionate people and coming home every day to my love.
Life is a blessing and a gift.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? I love the idea, it’s just brilliant. It goes hand in hand with my life philosophy and my beliefs.
We are all one and the same, we look different but on the inside we are the same.
Name: Aicha El-Mamy.
Where are you from? I’m from Mauritania. I’d say that I’m from Nouadhibou because it’s my favorite place in Mauritania, it’s my mum’s city and where we usually go when we visit.
How long have you been in Qatar? 20 years and a half.
Why did you move to Qatar? My father moved out to Qatar for work in 1998 and we followed him a few months later.
What are you passionate about? Passion is a strong word, but I would say that I LOVE social media, gym, movies, nature, mugs, traveling…
I guess I haven’t found my passion yet.
What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? I would say that the biggest lesson I’ve learnt is that identity is not nationality. You can create your own identity and have your own belief system, without offending your culture.
I don’t think I would’ve learnt about as many cultures or even be able to be part of different societies if I wasn’t living in Qatar.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? I’m the only Mauritanian in Qatar so it’s my duty to represent us.
Where are you from? Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.
How long have you been in Qatar? A long time now.
Why did you move to Qatar? I moved to Qatar with my family when my father got a job as a mathematics teacher.
What are you passionate about? I believe in working hard. I believe that one must try their best to take care of themselves and their family. I am passionate about trying to be a good man and develop myself into something better. I don’t have any one thing that I feel passionate about; I enjoy reading, travelling and certain sports.
I think that if I had to be completely honest I am passionate about building something for my family and I; something that will be good for us. I do not wish for fame, I actually would prefer to stay in the background, to be someone that can help people without them knowing who I am. I think that would describe my passion in about as fair-a-way as possible.
What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? You need to plan for a future that isn’t promised, trust in God and everything will be okay.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? I honestly have a very close friend who keeps bugging me, he has put a lot of effort and work into this project and I am very proud to be able to be a very small part of it. I think that it is a truly imaginative and wonderful way to represent the sheer diversity that Qatar holds, the various skills and different lives people lead. The study of man is something that interests me and therefore, the Faces of Qatar project interests me greatly.
Name: Shane Smith.
Where are you from? Victoria, Seychelles.
How long have you been in Qatar? Since June 2005.
Why did you move to Qatar? My parents got jobs here so we ended up moving.
What are you passionate about? I’d probably say travelling. I like to go places that are really out there. Like last year I went to the Great Wall of China and Chernobyl. I want to go to Antarctica and climb Mount Everest one day. I also like current affairs, politics, economics, history and food.
What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? I would say you learn how to move on. People in Qatar come and go. You make good friends, but most of those stay for 1, 2 or 3 years and then they leave. Then you make new friends and start all over again. Another good thing is learning about different cultures that you haven’t been exposed to before.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? I think its great to show the diversity of Qatar and show the different nationalities that are living together.
Name: Kristin Anabel Eggeling.
Where are you from? Cologne, Germany.
How long have you been in Qatar? A year and a half, with some breaks in between.
Why did you move to Qatar? I first moved to Qatar for work after I finished my Masters degree in the UK.
What are you passionate about? I have been very lucky over the last fifteen years or so to live in many countries around the world, which has made me love to explore new places and get to know their people and stories. I love being a tourist when I visit a new place for the first time, and then start to ‘dig deeper’ into its peculiarities, history and especially food, once I have fully explored the beaten tracks. In the end, a good day for me is any day I learn something new.
What would you say is the biggest life lesson you have learnt since moving to Qatar? It may sound cliché, but I have learned that while people may speak differently, dress differently, or look differently, most of us have the same fears, dreams and hopes. From taxi drives in broken Arabic/English to official embassy receptions, I have learned in Qatar that there is always room to create understanding if we just jump over our shadows and start talking to each other.
Why do you want to be a part of this project? I heard about Mohammad’s project from a friend and was immediately intrigued. Professionally, I have a strong interest in stories of belonging and visual representations of identity, which is why I wanted to see how we can think through big ideas like identity, belonging and a sense of home through art.