The Argentine has been installed in Qatar since January and gave advice for those who travel to see the World Cup
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Just one week from the start of the World Cup Qatar 2022, there are many eyes on the Middle Eastern country and its lifestyle. Between the boycott demanded by fans from some European countries and the declarations of figures related to the organization of the world Cup, Qatar It is in the eye of the storm. In the midst of this context, there are several Argentines who live in that country and Franco Severi It is one of them. in dialogue with THE NATIONthe 30-year-old told his story, related some hard moments of his adaptation in Asian territory and explained what is life like there for someone who grew up in our country.

Severi studied Tourism and Hospitality in Argentina. After years of working in the country, at the age of 28 he made the decision to emigrate. The first destination was Italy, where she moved in September 2020. The first months were difficult due to the Covid restrictions, but over time, including a change of city, his working life settled.

However, at the end of 2021, he found himself without a stable source of work and began to look for vacancies in the hotel industry, a sector that was in full reactivation. From the search for him in different countries, found a place in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Despite the fact that at first the position was as a lifeguard, Franco was finally hired as a waiter.

The hotel itself where he went to work facilitated the visa process and offered him a deal that, according to his testimony, is standard in the sector. “Most hotels offer you the same: a basic salary, added to the tips that are divided among the entire local and They give you accommodation, meals and transportation up to where you work”, he explained.

In the workplace, Franco assured that had some problems at work. In addition to an “intense” rhythm, she sometimes got annoyed by the treatment of clients. “The local clientele is difficult. Qataris and local people often think they are the kings of the world and they don’t treat you as they should,” he said. Along the same lines, she stated that you don’t usually tipexcept for those who lived outside the Middle Eastern country: “They don’t understand what the work culture is, the tip and knowing that what a waiter earns is from the tip. It is common sense to give it and it is not customary here, unless they are people who lived in another part of the world and learned it”.

The Argentine has been installed in Qatar since January and gave advice for those who travel to see the World CupInstagram @frankete8

Along the same lines, he warned that in many cases the treatment of the qatariseven outside of his work, is complicated: “Some treat you like dirt”. Despite this, he also claimed that in other cases He received a lot of affection when he said that he is Argentinethanks to the connection with soccer and the figures of Lionel Messi Y Diego Armando Maradona. “They tell you that they want us to win the World Cup and it’s incredible,” she added.

On the other hand, he stressed the prohibition of having alcohol and emphasized that can only be consumed in bars, which are usually expensive. The privileged ones who can have alcoholic beverages in their homes are residents who could afford the cost of a special license.

Franco admitted that initially the adaptation “was a little difficult”. In addition to the differences in customs with the local people, he mentioned that he found the city “very unreal”. However, by socializing, learning about Muslim culture and even some Arabic, he managed to make his place.

Soccer was a key tool for the Argentine's adaptation in Qatar
Soccer was a key tool for the Argentine’s adaptation in QatarInstagram @frankete8

In this process, soccer was a key tool. “Today I already have six or seven football groups and i play more than once a week. First with people from here and then I found Latino people who also went out with them,” he said. Currently, and thanks to the arrival of new residents, friendships with Latin Americans and particularly with Argentines have multiplied, with whom she frequently meets after work.

Regarding this, he said with joy that the bond between compatriots in the Middle Eastern country is very strong: “Since Qatar is small and we Argentines are looking for each otherthat link is given”. Thanks to sharing nationality, the 30-year-old He became friends with Sergio “Chino” Vittor, a former player of Racing and Banfield who currently works in the Al-Sailiya SC of Qatar.

Along the same lines, Franco whitewashed the habit that he acquired in our country and that even became stronger abroad: “In Argentina I drank less mate than when I moved abroad. I learned to appreciate it outside and now I have it as a habit Fortunately, a lot can be achieved here.”

Despite the aforementioned precautions, the young man recommended that his compatriots travel to the world Cup that they go “with the desire to encourage Argentina” and emphasized that Qatar “is not as closed as it seems”. Regarding the care they should have, he added that public displays of affection are frowned uponeven if they are people who are not from the LGBTIQ+ community.

Lastly, Franco addressed those who are thinking of trying their luck abroad. “If they have the chance, let them do it. I love Argentina and I always describe it as the best and worst place in the world at the same time.”, he stated regarding his vision of the possibility of growing economically.

The Argentine has lived and worked in Doha, the capital of Qatar, since January
The Argentine has lived and worked in Doha, the capital of Qatar, since JanuaryInstagram @frankete8

Facing the World Cup, the young he left his job at the hotel and managed to be hired by an Argentine travel agency to coordinate a group of compatriots that travels to witness the tournament. “I am realizing my dream. I am going to do it and I am very happy with what is coming ”, she closed.

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