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Posted date: April 10, 2017

During our rotation in Doha, we were all able to experience the ER. Now, most people would think that the culture shock would come with Qatar, but I was pretty prepared for what I was going to see. In fact, I thought it was going to be more of a shock with all of the various Islamic laws and practices. But it’s pretty safe here, the people are quite nice and the Souq is a great place to spend the days! But the hospital is a whole other story. That is where I got the culture shock.

Posted date: March 07, 2017

*In no particular order

1. Souq Friends

Nishad- A quirky shisha and tea shop owner who has the most contagious laugh, but don't let him know that you're sick, or he will graciously provide with extremely potent ginger and black pepper tea....Hobbies include camel racing and long walks along the Corniche. 

Basharat- Our rug dealer - everything from magic boxes to handmade Cashmere rugs. Colette is his apprentice when it comes to salesmanship 

Posted date: March 07, 2017

*In no particular order

1. Souq Friends

       Nishad- A quirky shisha and tea shop owner who has the most contagious laugh, but don't let him know that you're sick, or he will                graciously provide with extremely potent ginger and black pepper tea....Hobbies include camel racing and long walks along the                  Corniche. 

       Basharat- Our rug dealer - everything from magic boxes to handmade Cashmere rugs. Colette is his apprentice when it comes to                salesmanship 

Posted date: March 01, 2017

10 Facts about Qatar:

 10 Facts about Doha

1.     Some older people don’t have birthdays because they never kept records.

2.     Gas prices are controlled by the government and are very low.

Posted date: February 23, 2017

Aloha from Doha,

         SAND DUMES            FALCONS                 CHAPATTI                PEARL

            SOUQ                 KATARA                   TORCH                MIA               CORNICHE

Love from the Doha Divas

Posted date: February 14, 2017

Oh Doha,

From the Souq to the Corniche,

The warm gulf air tangles our hair (it is a fact).

The shwarmas fill our bellies - chicken, beef, and lamb.

The curries are too spicy, but nonetheless we like. 

Our many friends sell trinkets of pearls and gold,

The idea of drinking tea here, never gets old.

When the world celebrates Valentines,

we run through the rain, second prize is our gain,

finding clues is our game.

From the hospitals to the street -

We are always on our feet

Oh Doha so far has been a treat,

Posted date: February 12, 2017

In the orientation and even in the email from the faculty advisor prior to going to Doha we were instructed to bring some warm clothes; such as a few sweaters, sweat pants, along with a toque and mitts. I was in disbelief that these items would be necessary as doing my research of the weather the average temperature for January was in the +20's. I immediately thought "I am Canadian I can handle the cold". I packed the suggested items believing they would be only taking up valuable space in my luggage. I am here to tell you....PACK the warm clothes......and pack the toque and mitts. 

Posted date: February 12, 2017

In the orientation and even in the email from the faculty advisor prior to going to Doha we were instructed to bring some warm clothes; such as a few sweaters, sweat pants, along with a toque and mitts. I was in disbelief that these items would be necessary as doing my research of the weather the average temperature for January was in the +20's. I immediately thought "I am Canadian I can handle the cold". I packed the suggested items believing they would be only taking up valuable space in my luggage. I am here to tell you....PACK the warm clothes......and pack the toque and mitts. 

Posted date: February 02, 2017

I have never blogged before, and I don't really know what I'm doing.. but here I go! 

Immediately after arriving in Doha, I noticed how different things are! Learning the reasons for these differences is what has made my cultural experience extremely beneficial. I have loved discovering the interesting ways in which society works here, and although life is very different here, it is great. 

Things I have learned since living in Doha: 

Posted date: January 16, 2017

It has been one entire week since I landed in Doha, Qatar! I landed on January 9, 2017 at approximately 5:00PM local time, approximately 6 hours before the rest of my group. I was picked up by Colette, the Faculty Advisor, and driven to the apartment by a car company that was contracted by the University of Calgary in Qatar. After settling myself into the apartment, Colette and I toured the Souq Waqif, where she introduced me to her local friends and gave me insights about Qatari culture.  

So what is the apartment like?

Posted date: December 03, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 67 - November 2nd, 2016
Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Days 65 & 66 - October 31st & November 1st, 2016
Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 64 - October 30th, 2016

As the second month was winding down, one of the girls, my mother and I seized the opportunity to try out another beach resort. On October 30th, we went to the Diplomatic Club and spent the day relaxing by the pool. We had the entire resort to ourselves un 3:00pm; it was like we the outside world did not even exist. Absolutely amazing!

Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 62 - October 28th, 2016
Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 61 - October 27th, 2016

As the second group's time in Doha was coming to an end, we decided to go back to the Souq Waqif to find the few remaining gifts and souvenirs the girls were looking for, in addition to visiting the Falcon Souq while it is busy with with Falconry connaisseurs at the beginning of the weekend. As it turns out, we got there at feeding time - so that was something to see, for sure!

Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 58 - October 24th, 2016

In the morning of October 24th, I attended a great guest lecture at the University of Calgary in Qatar ( http://www.ucalgary.edu.qa/ ). The topic was Midwifery in Southern Asia, which I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about, and the presenter was a Canadian midwife that has worked extensively both in Canada and in Pakistan. 

Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 55 - October 21st, 2016

On Friday, October 21st, three of the girls and I attended a free event at the Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center ( http://www.binzaid.gov.qa/ ) called "Introduction to Qatari Majlis". Once we were appropriately dressed with our abayas and sheilas, we took our seats in the assembly space equipped with traditional bedouin seating. 

Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 49 - October 15th, 2016
Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 49 - October 15th, 2016
Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 48 - October 14th, 2016

On October 14th, three of the of the girls were in clinical, so the fourth one and I decided to try out a the beach at the Hilton Hotel. Just like a the Sheraton, non-hotel-guests can have access to the pool and beach facilities for a fee. The hotel itself is another spectacular sight, and the facilities are beautiful. 

Posted date: December 02, 2016
NURS599 Fall 2016 Doha Adventures, Day 47 - October 13th, 2016
Posted date: November 01, 2016

This week we had the pleasure of going on an overnight desert trip. This was very exciting for us, as it was our first time seeing Qatar outside of Doha! Though historically the Bedouin people lived throughout the country on a migratory basis, at present the large majority of Qataris live in Doha. 

Posted date: October 30, 2016

When the four of us first found out we were going to Qatar, one of the first questions that inevitably came up was “what will the food be like?” Food is a necessary part of day-to-day life – and a very enjoyable one! – and traditional foods are an important reflection of a country’s heritage.  Needless to say, we were all very excited to try the local foods once we arrived in Qatar.

Posted date: October 30, 2016

Tonight we had the privilege of visiting the Imam Abdul Wahhab Mosque in Doha. It was one of the most spectacular buildings I have ever seen! Our British tour guide showed us a tour of the Mosque, an overview of Islam, and detailed the reasons that he converted to the religion from Roman Catholicism. We also had the opportunity to observe the men praying, which was incredibly moving. 

Posted date: October 21, 2016

"Salam Alaykum" everyone! 

My name is Meg. I am one of the Fall 2016 second cohort students (shown below), so unbelievably privileged to have gotten the opportunity to come to Qatar with the University of Calgary this semester. 

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