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Middle East » Qatar » Doha August 7th 2013

As mentioned before, my life revolves around work here, but now it is starting to get exciting. Qatar is hosting the 2022 World Cup and they have a "2030 Vision" for countrywide improvements. Things are now starting to kick into high gear and our office is growing everyday. Currently, I am managing the engineering group here in our office. It is a very busy job because on top of managing, I am also the only engineer, so I am responsible for management, engineering analysis, all reporting, geologic oversight, meetings and engineering site inspections. I am in desperate need for help, so that also means I spend part of my week recruiting people. I am so behind on some of my reports, but the big big projects will be starting soon so I need to invest time ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha July 27th 2013

I've realized my life here has revolved solely around work and will continue to do so. Fortunately, because we have so many exciting projects in the pipe, it makes me happy. But I guess this is my life for the next year and a half... We are expanding our company substantially, probably tripling in size! Very exciting stuff that I'll be talking about more in future blogs. Right now, I'm just trying to finish the rest of my projects so I can focus on training my geologists, hiring new geologists and engineers, and setting up our engineering department in preparation for the upcoming projects. Can't wait! Last Tuesday I officially moved out of my Dubai apartment. When you move out here, you need to demonstrate that all the utilities have been paid up to your landlord ... read more
Future QP building complex
Labor accommodation
Goodbye apartment!!!

Middle East » Qatar » Doha July 21st 2013

ไม่ได้มาอัพตั้งเจ็ดวัน ไม่ได้ไปไหน อยู่โดฮานี่แหละครับ เพราะหลังจากที่กลับมาจาก Manila วันนั้น ก็ตามด้วย recurrent สี่วัน ผ่านไปแล้วเรียบร้อย มีหลายสิ่งหลายอย่างที่เปลี่ยนไปมากๆ แต่ที่น่าสนใจมากที่สุดคือมีเรื่องใหม่แทรกเข้ามาซึ่งก็คือ การทำ NITES briefing and cabin preparation before crash lading เนื่องจากที่ผ่านมาไม่นานมานี้ก็มีเหตุการณ์ที่ไม่คาดคิดเกิด... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha July 13th 2013

ออกไปไหนก็ร้อน แถมไม่มีอะไรให้กินเพราะเค้าปิดร้านกันหมด เปิดขายอีกทีก็เย็นเลยตอน iftar (เวลาที่ตะวันตกดินแล้ว สามารถเริ่มทานอาหารได้แล้ว) เพราะเดือนนี้เป็น The holy month of Ramadan (เดือนรัมมะดัน ถือศีลอด) ซึ่งพวกเราคนต่างชาติที่มาอยู่ที่นี่ก็ต้องเคารพ ถึงแม้ไม่ได้อดตามเค้า โดยที่ไม่สามารถกิน ดื่ม อะไรได้ในเวลากลางวันในที่สาธารณะ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Mesaieed July 4th 2013

Since our network has been down all week and our electric was out today for area maintenance, Indiana and I decided to rent quads and go dune bashing. Tony was supposed to go with us - in fact, it was his idea - but he wound up having to work. So, Indy and I headed down towards the Mesaieed area. I had tried to find dunes previously, but I guess I didn't go far enough south. We stopped at this pretty resort area, Sea Line Beach Resort, to get money - that would be a nice place to spend a day, FYI. Then we were able to rent quads for 150 riyals each for one hour - not too shabby. Note: it may be a bit more, but we figured on a weekday when everyone else ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha June 26th 2013

Qatar in June = HOT. Since returning from my excellent break in Turkey, I went full work mode and tried to finish up some major projects that had been left dangling. The best was finishing the project that I was initially brought to Qatar for - 8 months, multiple delays, 35 weekly meetings, 4 presentations, 15 professional staff and countless support staff, and 1770 pages of reports later: We're done! Yay! Now I'm trying to catch up on the smaller projects that are yelling at me literally every day, thinking that they are the most important project in the world. I don't want to leave them hanging, but i have to prioritize my work as well. One of my key strengths is multi-tasking; I detest wasted time! Unfortunately, I am pretty much working solo at the ... read more
Sandstorm that lasted all week
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Middle East » Qatar May 18th 2013

Well here it is - my last day on this island! I am so excited to leave and sleep in my own bed, take a real shower, wear real clothes and put on some makeup!!! Oh, and see other women! Seriously, it is the little things that I miss right now. Cooking my own dinner. Going to watch a movie at the theater. Driving my car (even in the dreadful Doha traffic - I wonder how it has changed in the last 30 days). And having a Beer! Yes, 30 days later and I've learned a lot. I don't know how good a long summarizing blog post would be here, so keeping in theme with my goal for the past year, I'm just going to list the many firsts that I've encountered. Definitely more than my ... read more

Middle East » Qatar May 9th 2013

21 days later, and I'm still here working! That's a long time to go without a break - there are no holidays or weekends here. My coworkers have been here longer than I so I can't complain too much. Instead, I spend my days dreaming about what I will finally do when I DO have time off! Since I last wrote, we had not moved a centimeter from that spot where we had troubles. We had weather, then a small fire on board (which needed to be investigated for protocol and parts replaced), more weather, and then trying to pull out our casing which was stuck. Day 1 was not successful in using a tool that was supposed to be our solution. Day 2 was even worse as we tried to modify the solution which worked ... read more
Julius with a new friend
He let me pet him and cuddle him
The bird hung around for a while!

Middle East » Qatar April 30th 2013

It has been a while since I've written, but I just wanted to let you all know I am still alive. I'm currently working in the middle of the Persian (sorry, "Arabian") Gulf. This project has been an ordeal since Day 1 and the field work is no less difficult, but we see the light at the end of the tunnel, so I just need to hang on for 7 more weeks!!! Then, I'm going to be a traveling fiend. Currently, I am working 12+ hours a day, along with everyone else. Since I'm stuck in the middle of nowhere, it's not so bad: work, eat, sleep. As soon as the field work portion is complete, I'm heading to Dubai for a few days to unwind, get a massage, and start the process of moving out ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha April 27th 2013

Our next stop is Doha, Qatar (pronounced “cutter” by most) and Abdul is our guide. By the way, most of the guides are expats from other countries as few local Emeriti’s do that kind of work. The first excursion stop is to the Souq Waqif, a shopping bazaar established in 1847. You can bargain up to 20% off for the spices, foods and other traded items available, we’re told. This country has 2.5 million people with 200,000 native citizens. Only Qatar citizens may own property permanently with foreigners not owning land and owning housing for up to 99 years at which time it’s returned to the government. Various visas cover a variety of visits including tourist, business, and non-permanent (i.e. working). Health care for the citizens is free as is education. Auto fuel is 25 cents ... read more




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