Making friends in Qatar

Making friends in Qatar can be difficult. Most people only make friends with people at work because it’s that hard. I just thought I’d share some quick pointers when it comes to making friends with Qataris.

Some people may not realize this, but the reason why Qataris don’t just chit chat with strangers usually, is because it’s out of respect. We believe in respecting personal boundaries (some are just shy despite the occasional serious look). However, many will find that once you kick start a conversation, it’ll be as if you’ve been friends for ages! I’d be surprised you didn’t end up BEING friends for ages.

Some people are naturally cautious though. In all honesty, there are many people who want to get to know you… for a short while… As I read from a post about a young boy who told a girl in his class [from one of my favourite blogs (Gaijin Smash)] “I’ll love you only for today”.

You’ll want to stay away from those types of people.

As for places to go to meet people. That’s a tough one that even I haven’t been able to answer. However if you’re looking for online communities, of course there’s ILQ’s forums as a start, then there’s QFriends. I’d recommend QFriends for people who want to participate in Language Exchanges, find PenPals, or just make friends from all over!

That’s the beauty of Qatar. It’s a melting pot of nationalities!

Tags: Making friends in Qatar. Making friends with Qataris. Finding friends. How to get to know people.

  • BigBird

    Salam, I love Gaijin Smash (used to be on outpostnine). I actually got introduced to it in an odd sort of way but then started really enjoying it, in a horrific sort of way.

    As for the chit chat, you’re totally on the ball, we are not blowing people off, we are respecting their privacy. the concept of “personal space” to us extends way beyond 1 foot from your skin, to us it can extend to sometimes the entire room someone is in (eg. bachelors unilaterally moving tables once a family sits nearby).

    I do think it would be nice to meet up with some expats for some coffee, so I’ll leave it to you to arrange it! ( ^.^)/~/

  • Mr. Q

    It’s fun isn’t it??

    It’s awesome to see another fan of the blog. (Although I prefer the old design over the new ‘boring’ style).

    Inshallah we’ll arrange some other social days and we’ll see you come out with us.

    We have two, Souq Seekers and Pearl Divers. Although with work, I need to find a dedicated team of ILQers to help manage the social outings 😀

  • Ahmed Ali

    i like to meat some good frinds in qatar
    me stay in Dubai but i’ll stay in qatar for some time

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  • Nasser

    girls…..where r u?

  • Miss.Q

    @Nasser if you would like to see girls, this website is not the right website for you. Or why don’t you be a member of Qfriends?

  • saif

    i am from Yemen . I need to be friends with Qatar people for work .people who are sincere and trust . i am work in
    electric company for dealing with different electric materials

  • John

    My name is john from nigeria i need friends from qatar. Am an environmental engineer. I need true friends, trustworthy and sincere.

  • Danny_dayrit_jarvex

    im new in qatar, im looking to meet friends to talk with, girls only please

  • Qatarfasion

    Why you guys are not going to it is really rockkzzzz…

  • Abdul202

    Abdul  Bangura

  • reynard

    hi i am new in qatar im searching for good friends

  • Moresexy

    I’m a man seeking a romantic man in Qatar
    my age 27  180kg 62km athletic cute prefer American ,European

  • raju

    hi I am a new in Qatar looking for good non drinking man

  • Imratnams

    hi I am 39 age  a new in Qatar looking for good friend my Above age 40 age 

  • Qatari

    haloo, well i’m Qatari and I would be happy to meet u up 

  • Mr-dark2009

    what the point of meeting romantic guy ??? American, European though !!!
    wait a sec, u know that america has all people from all over the world which means there is asian american there is arabian american !!!
    how is Qatari by the way 😛 ?

  • hi am young business man residing in South Africa and i need business minded friends from qatar

  • Evagency

    whats ur email?

  • Williams

    My name is William and i am living in UK. Basically i am a Travel industry guy and now planing to come to Qatar to look for a proper job.Is any one can help me for that?. pls. my e-mail id is


    My name is Azi Arnold Kwinju from Cameroon.I am 19 I am a very good footballer I needs a friend from Qatar who loves soccer even though he may not be a good player or may not even be a player but loves football. you may be a moslem or a christian.


    i am age 44 from Cameroon and wish to have a friend in Qatar female or male. I am a teacher

  • jabirmahaboob
  • brenan frease

    hello im here in doha for almost 1.6 year and i am just also interested to meet qatari same age for me to understand their culture and to love qatar more 🙂 because i appreciate how their country helped a lot for Filipino expat like me, 24 m Thanks in adv drop or PM me here Hope to hear from you all more. even non-qatari i want to meet you and be friends Thank you in advance!

  • brenan frease

    hi bro looking for friend also her in doha pm me Thank you in adv!

  • brenan frease

    interested for friendship also thank you! PM me

  • amir morsi

    my name amir egyptian live in doha alone from 4 years work designer and drawing also my mail is my facebook amir morsi

  • ola, my name is Hana, i am from Brasil.

  • ola ali!!

  • Ola my name is Hana and i am from Brasil. I wish to came to qatar, would be nice to have some good friends…

  • Aneesh


  • aneesh


  • Hi Hana. Nice to meet u. Well, my name is Ahmed. I live n work in Doha. Im looking for some friends. Here is my number Hana: 66450995. I would appreciate to receive a call from u. Thx

  • ziya

    Salam, i am alsoo seeking good friends as its bore in doha no friends no social life 🙁 ..just me n my hubby all alone

  • binu2john

    I am Indian businessman , age 31,I would like good male/female friends, pls email me:

  • nixbiz4u

    can i be ur frnd….

  • nixbiz4u

    hello frnds… hw r u?.. am a male 29 single now in qatar, looking for a female frnd…

  • Karmi

    add me in face book 🙂 Karmi Lee

  • Mwansa Chimbala

    Mwansa Chimbala is my name. I am a Zambian businessman and farmer looking for a friend in Qatar. My email is

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    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the Qatari Government is a signatory of states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any medias and regardless of any frontiers.

    The Emiri Decision Number 86 of the year 2007 on the establishment of the Doha Free Information Centre marked yet another step towards establishing a State of rights and freedom of speech. The decision stipulated that the Centre be a non-profit organization, headquartered in Doha City, and have the authority to establish other affiliated centres inside and outside Qatar. It is worth mentioning that His Highness the Emir issued a decision in 1998 annulling the ministry of information, giving birth to a new era of freedom of speech where censorship was removed from local media.