The Filipino community in Doha, Qatar celebrated the Philippines’ 118th Independence Day last June 3 – way ahead of the usual and just before the Ramadan kicked off last June 6. Luckily, we were able to witness an amazing display of Filipino creativity, passion and spirit. And i had to make sure my kids would experience it even if we are away from the Philippines.
And as we commemorate our Independence Day today – 12th of June 2016, I would like to dedicate a space on my blog to honor the entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipinos in Qatar. Those business-minded individuals who are serving the community though the different products and services that’s truly Filipino.
Here are the list of some popular Filipino establishments in Doha:
Sta. Clara International Corporation (Bin Mahmoud)
LBC Express (Airport Road and Bin Mahmoud)
Makati Express (SwissBell Hotel and AlKhor)
Sky Freight (Bin Omran)
JJ Clearance and Documentation Qatar
Kabayan Express (Al Delta Cargo Office near Souq Al Amiri)
REAL ESTATE SERVICES
Filinvest International (Al Muntaza)
Vista Land International (B-Ring Road)
RESTAURANTS (Popular Brands from the Philippines):
Bacolod Chk-n-BBQ House (Barwa Al Sadd Towers)
Chowking (Ramada, Holiday Villa, Dar Al Salam and Al Khor Mall)
Gerry’s Grill (Al Nasr and Barwa City)
Jollibee (Mansoura, Bin Mahmoud, Industrial Area, Al Khor Mall)
Max’s Restaurant (Al Sadd and B-Ring Road)
Yellow Cab Pizza (Markhiya, Parco Mall and Dar Al Salam)
RESTAURANTS (Home-grown restaurants):
Amazing Waffle Café (Al Wakrah and Bin Mahmoud)
Asian Chef (Mansoura)
Boracay Filipino Restaurant (Old Salata)
Central Café (The Center)
Coal Charcoal Grill and Sizzlers (Grand Palace Hotel)
Cocina Filipina (Bin Mahmoud)
Eve Events and Catering and Services (Matar Qadeem)
Filipino Cultural Center (Al Thumama)
Inihaw Republik (Al Hilal)
Kamayan Restaurant (Al Muntaza)
Filipino HotPack (Bin Mahmoud)
Little Manila Restaurant (Bin Omran)
Marina Restaurant (Matar Qadeem)
Pinoy Fiesta (Al Nasr)
Puerto Gallera Restaurant (Mansoura)
Royale Restaurant (Mansoura)
Shore Time (Matar Qadeem, Al Nasr)
La Diva De Beauty Center (Al Muntaza)
Meteor Garden Salon (New Salata)
Mind you, the enterprising Filipinos have more to offer other than what i’ve listed above. There are a lot of home-based products and services available online so you won’t really miss the feel of home.
While the list is definitely longer, i believe that there’s still a lot that Filipinos can do in Qatar. Knowing our talents and our capabilities, i know that there are many areas that we can still explore. Though capitalization and the stringent procedures would limit many in pursuing their business ventures here, let’s be encouraged on how other nationalities had established big companies and even winning large contracts in Qatar. Let’s just pray that our very own embassy will continue to push for more programs to strengthen our relationship with the Qatari government to encourage more Filipino companies to flourish in this country.
DISCLAIMER: The writer does not claim entirety or completeness of this list – but definitely takes pride in honoring our enterprising “kabayans” in Qatar. There are some that we’re still verifying and we shall try to update our list as soon as possible. We welcome additional information in order to provide updates to our readers. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm a Christian, a husband and a father, a Filipino expat in Qatar, entrepreneur, aspiring blogger, freelance real estate consultant, lover of anything KOREAN, an adventurer.