“After I had finished middle school in Qatar I went to Australia to study. After that I spent time in both Paris and London. I wanted to be a man of the world and learn as much as I possibly could. When I first came to Amsterdam, I wanted to experience marijuana. It didn’t take me long to arrange the trip. I planned a visit, and came here in 2013.
I knew immediately that I wanted to live here. It was one of the strongest feelings I had ever had. I sat in the Old Church coffee shop with pen and paper and decided to write down everything I needed to do to live here. I love the weather here. Rain is a positive phenomenon for me. In Qatar it’s hot all the time. I also love the open-minded community, the multicultural aspect of the city, and the feeling of living in a village when you’re actually in a city. I did everything possible so I could live and work here, and it worked. I have a lovely house on the Utrechtsedwarstraat and really love the neighbourhood.
I left Qatar and started to learn to live together with a variety of different cultures. In Qatar there’s no place for developing one’s consciousness and all media is censored. I never want to return. I can be free here. I have tattoos; I could never have had them done in Qatar. This is how I keep certain memories. I experience something wonderful every day in Amsterdam. I find the people cool and want to stay here forever.”
1 person in Amsterdam has the Qatari nationality