Well, from the moment of serious hankering until the delivery of the car was about 24 hours. Pretty awesome if you ask me! Almost seems like a plan!
Now to get my license.
I’ll try not to gloat here (because some of my new friends here in Qatar are now reading my blog) but the ease of getting your driver’s license is contingent on how well Qatar likes your country of origin. I’m not sure if that’s true or not but that’s how it seems and is what I’ve been told. The only other explanation is that it’s arbitrary – quite possibly as well.
If you are from Canada all you have to do is show up at the license bureau with your Resident’s Permit and your Canadian driver’s license and they’ll issue you a Qatari license on the spot.
If you’re from any number of other countries (like my friends here from Lebanon, Paraguay, or the U.S.A) you have to take the test. I think that includes written and driving. I’m not sure what we’ve done to deserve this but I’m super happy that I’m Canadian ~ yet again.
So now just to wait for my Resident’s Permit – and then I’ll be ready to roll!
In this our new car, with plenty of room to shuffle guests around and with all the capabilities of driving off road (oh David)….