Dear Laborers, Security Guards, Stay at home moms, People in the Office; everyone. Thank you.

Over at ILQ HQ, we’re always trying to think of fun and new ways of getting our message accross to people. Yeah we can do the usual Tweet or Facebook post, but I think that people appreciate the extra effort put into creating guides, microsites, and videos.

For National Day 2013, His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani shared something with everyone. It was going to be about #onelove and making an effort to show appreciation to the expat community here in the country. After all, we’re all coming together to build the future of this nation and help achieve Qatar’s 2030 vision.

With the video, of course we couldn’t cover all segments, but we wanted to highlight the contruction worker, the security guards, the western workers and the Qataris all coming together. Together, we’re building Qatar.

I should mention that the people in the video are considered twitter and online friends, I myself have friends from all national and occupational background. The message in this video, is that we need to support each other. We need to appreciate each other.

Oh and one more thing… Thank you.

  • AnonQatar

    Interesting and great video . Wonder why is it then that they have now cancelled Friday as a weekend for Labourers? One Love . OR One Race?

  • Faraz Abdul Latheef

    Born and bought up in Doha. I know Qatar more than being an Indian. 25 Years! Phew! my dad, been here working for a prestigious group for around 35years. i mean thats a lot for commiting a persons life for a group and this country.
    I would not be ashamed telling this. this country is racist. no doubt. unless you are white or an arab. Forget about the Exit permit and No Objection from company issues. Basic human act is denied here. No access to villagio because its family day. Oh alright i get it. its completely understandable. So me and my fellow friends stand out deciding how do we spend the day and we see a “white” dude in basic home shorts and he goes in. Alright.. what was that?? I ask straight to the security who stopped us. He said no no.. Family and wont say anything else.

    Qatar National Day! One love! woohoo! So on 17th Night, me and couple of my friends were having hanging around at Al Matar area at a popular Tea joint. All of sudden four ISF troopers come out of nowhere! They screamed and TERRORIZED on top of their lungs. WEEIN IDeeee!! WHEREEEE!! like chill dude!? wth? So we gave them our ID’s and realised we are student or “Thalib” as mentioned in the ID. Third guy who was with us left his wallet in his car. Well that moment he said, They grabbed his arm pulled and locked him in the backseat of the police vehicle. I managed to drive towards his car and get it and release him. But seriously.. I asked the police guy, All our life we were in Qatar, and u treat us like we are some sort of criminals? Police people are meant to serve the citizens? or terrorize them?

    Other thought that happen to come across my mind was, Would they be shouting at us and do whatever happen if, IF i was a “White dude” ?? I dont think so.. Sigh!

    So me and my younger brother went to see the parade next day although i hated to go for what happen last night! But for my brother who really was excited to go. And there he comes.. Mr.Civilian in the Red Cruiser. Wien madam? Im like err. its just us?? Noo.. Only family.. Like seriously? National Day is for everyone?

    I have no regret saying this.. Wallahi.. IM STARTING TO HATE QATAR!

  • http://iloveqatar.net amnesia

    would you say that I am racist? I have friends from all backgrounds, even went as far as working with the team to put together this small video.

    It’s easy to blame everyone or a nation and forget about the people who are making a difference. In fact, it makes people like me, who are trying to bridge the gap between expats and locals, want to give up even trying.

    By the way, one time I was trying to enter a mall (and I’m a Qatari) and my two white friends were allowed in, and a security guard tried to stop me. What does that mean?

    I’ve also had bad experiences with some police too. It’s sad but racism in general happens all over the world.

    By the way, two Qatari friends and two british friends were also turned away from the parade.

  • Guest

    Alright. I missed that part. Big shout out and Kudos for all effort for making a change. Highly appreciated.

    I have been going through a series of bad events in past many days and thats how i threw up here. No offence.

    Mr.Q, Doha was always my base, My hometown. And i whatever i have mentioned above i started noticing this when i went abroad for my educational pursual. 3 Years in India when i actually saw and felt. The people are awesome! No gender or color discrimination. I went ahead to the United Kingdom for few months.There were issues but we were accepted for what we are!

    I can actually prove it if you ask me where many people are actually offered way higher salary package considering from where they are from. Better qualification, Rich industry experience but not at all recognized because yeah, Accept it! UAE? Dubai..almost the same culture? Amazing place.. Amazing hospitality! The police were the kindest i have ever seen in any of the country i had visited in Dubai. If i do know more about em, 90% of the people in the project i do are been transferred from Dubai branch to Doha for this project. They told this country is racist! Now if i argue so much, Many would say why dont you just leave.. Yeah?? Well.. We had spent our lives growing up in this land.. You cant just leave.. We have relations here. Iam tied up. But yeah.. Insha Allah.

    Its not Qatar, Its just some people in the wrong place who just dont make decisions right :)

    No offence. Just sharing whats on mind.

    PEACE!

  • Faraz Abdul Latheef

    Alright. I missed that part. Big shout out and Kudos for all effort for making a change. Highly appreciated.

    I have been going through a series of bad events in past many days and thats how i threw up here. No offence.

    Mr.Q, Doha was always my base, My hometown. And i whatever i have mentioned above i started noticing this when i went abroad for my educational pursual. I had been to 3 Cities and there should be something that made me love it and compare to Qatar!

    I can actually prove it if you ask me where many people are actually offered way higher salary package considering from where they are from. Better qualification, Rich industry experience but not at all recognized because yeah you dont have a RED passport! Accept it! UAE? Dubai..almost the same culture? Amazing place.. Amazing hospitality! The police were the kindest i have ever seen in any of the country i had visited in Dubai. If i do know more about em, 90% of the people in the project i do are been transferred from Dubai branch to Doha for this project. They told this country is racist! Now if i argue so much, Many would say why dont you just leave.. Yeah?? Well.. We had spent our lives growing up in this land.. You cant just leave.. We have relations here. Iam tied up. But yeah.. Insha Allah.

    Its not Qatar, Its just some people in the wrong place who just dont make decisions right :)

    No offence. Just sharing whats on mind.

    PEACE!

  • http://iloveqatar.net amnesia

    I know in my heart Qatar will improve :)

  • http://iloveqatar.net amnesia

    where did you read that weekends were cancelled for laborers?

  • ben

    hi

    i am working on a business visa in qatar and came back to my country for renewing the visa, in the mean time i got a good offer in other company and they applied for my work visa. and my privious employer also renewed my business visa and send it to me. will there be any problem getting a work visa from the new company. and how long it take. because the new employer said they already applied for my work visa and its in processing. its almost more than 20 days now from they date they applied. please help me, i need to change the job as the old company is not that good.

    thank you,
    regards
    ben.

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