Keeping in touch while living in Qatar

Hello everyone,

What are the best ways you've found for keeping in touch with friends and family back home while living in Qatar? How frequently do you stay in touch with loved ones?

Are there local equivalents to common instant messaging and online video calling services that you prefer or are more widely used?

If there is a sizeable time difference, how do you manage this?

Do you make international phone calls from a landline or mobile phone from Qatar? What do you think of the cost?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


Getting in touch with friends and family ain't so easy now clocks gone back in UK. 10.00pm here = go to bed time for me but it's 7.00pm in the UK so they're getting back from work.
Skype (and most VOIP) is next to useless now for reasons we're supposed to ignore.
I've started to use Oredoo cheap deal on international calls as about my only alternative.

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