It’s not really difficult to explain why I do what I do. I Love Qatar was always meant to be a vehicle to help show people that Qataris care. It’s easy to get a Qatari to love Qatar, so I wanted to get expats to love Qatar. The strategy is quite simple. 1) Support the local community and help charities. 2) Build a reputation based on giving the people a voice. 3) Show people what your true purpose is. (In this case, it’s to make Qatar a better place).
One of the biggest signs of respect in our culture is to kiss someone on their head. I’d kiss my grand parents or my parents for example. I’d also kiss the Emir on his head. I genuinly feel like he cares about his people. More than that, he cares about the future of the Middle East. He’s taken a lot of burden on his shoulders by trying to promote peace in the region. Qatar helped Lebanon. Darfur. Libya. The list goes on. So as a good citizen, no scratch that, as a greatful citizen, shouldn’t it be everyone’s duty to help lift the boulder of responsibility off of his shoulders? Shouldn’t we at least try to remove some of that pressure by helping to make Qatar the best country that it can be?
Some people know it and some people don’t, but ILQ uses profit generated to give back to the community. Loads of people from ILQ’s community group together to support causes like the Animal Welfare Society, Think Pink, Wear Something Yellow, Beat the Heat, World Environment Day, and the list goes on. That in itself is something to be proud of.
With everything that I do, I want to make my parents proud, I want to make my future children proud, and of course I want to make the Emir proud.
I’m seeing more and more young Qataris stand up and try to help shape Qatari their own way. Whether they’re focusing on charitable causes, focusing on entrepreneurship, or even focusing on helping other fellow Qataris be all that they can be.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m probably not going to change the world, so I’ll give making Qatar a better place a go.