Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Report from Doha

Now granted, he's only been there 24 hours, but Hubby loves it so far!

First off, he's being treated like royalty. Someone met him at the plane, took him to a lounge and got him settled as this person took care of all the customs/passport issues and retrieved his luggage. Then he was whisked away in a Town Car to the hotel, where he was given this amazing room with every possible luxury.

This morning he was picked up by a driver (who will be at his disposal for the next 30 days) and taken to work where he was given an orientation. This was done by the Human Resources Director, a Californian woman who has lived there for 5 years and loves it. He was told that his workday will be from 6:30 a.m. (gulp!) to 4 p.m. (and on Tuesday and Thursday until 2!). This will be so completely abnormal for us. He has never gotten home, on a regular basis, before 7:30. Plus he'll be able to come home from lunch on a daily basis, something I have always wanted us to be able to do. Plus, the head of the Qatar division told him that there is NEVER any overtime - something completely unheard of in the construction industry here.

Once we get there, we'll all be given a private tour of Doha, courtesy of the company. And they gave him a book to help us adjust that has information about all kinds of extra curricular activities and fun things to do. I knew about this particular book (I think it's published quarterly, so maybe it's more of a big, big magazine) and had asked him to send me a copy when he got there, so they gave him a second copy for me.

He said that the city is beautiful, very similar to Miami, but not as much greenery. But everything is very modern and spacious. Traffic is not as bad as Jordan, which was my big worry, and he even went looking at cars and is considering buying a Hummer, which I guess must be pretty reasonably priced.

I'll keep you all updated, but so far, so good!!

P.S. The open house the other day went pretty well. I had three couples come through. Plus the house is not officially listed on the MLS, so we will hopefully get some response from that. Thanks for your prayers!


ValleyGirl said...

So glad to hear things are running along smoothly and that this change looks to be a very promising experience for you and your family. You must be so excited!

stacey said...

what wonderful entry into the country for him!

come over and play tag! hope you enjoy!

Tracy said...

Wow what a great way to be welcomed to a country. I'm so happy for you that things are working out so good so far.


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