What word(s) have expats picked up living abroad?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I tend to add in a lot of Arabic words into my daily vocabulary although I speak only in English at work. It just comes automatically and not because I speak in Arabic to anyone at all. I find myself using these all the time… Yaani Aiwa Marhaba’n Sabah Al-Khair…

What can I do (for fun) in Doha, Qatar besides Islamic Art Museums?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: It largely depends on your idea of ‘fun’, really. Personally, I have a few favorite haunts and of course, you’ll see that my idea of ‘fun’ is somewhere I could go with family or even solo. Roam around Katara Katara is my most favorite part of Doha. Everything about the…

What happens at a traditional Arab wedding?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I have been to a few weddings here in Qatar and hence here’s a view from the PoV of a guest. Entry to the wedding is by invitation ONLY. Invitees are given admit cards along with the invite. Here’s an example of a typical Arab wedding invite. The cute little…

Is Indian culture more similar to the Middle East or to East Asia?

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal: Thank you for the A2A. Having lived in the middle east for the major part of my life, I’d say that though they are not entirely alike, there are many aspects of Middle Eastern culture that are strikingly similar to Indian culture. Masala tea / Karak Our masala tea and the…