«I beg all of you to continue inspiring people the way you inspired me. This is not the end and this is not a goodbye. See you in Qatar in 2022.»

It was a bittersweet goodbye for former Ambassador of Panama to the State of Qatar Oreste Sandoval as he finished his successful endeavour in Qatar just recently. After two years since he first presented his credentials to His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on 2017, it’s time to go home for him but with a promise of returning to the country, he embraced highly and called his home away from home.


Going down memory lane

Former Ambassador Oreste Sandoval first arrived in Qatar on 25 May 2017 as the Ambassador of Panama to the State of Qatar, with the mission to handle all the diplomatic relations of his home country Panama with that of the host country, Qatar. From that day onwards, he recalls, time stood still for him and his fascination with Qatar started. Oreste literally fell in love with the country and never looked back again.

Oreste: «When I landed for the first time in Doha I was astonished by the landscape view, with the beautiful colour of the sea and with the amazing design of the Hamad International Airport. Qatar has beautiful geographical characteristics, sealine, and mangroves. Needless to say, in Qatar, you can find a kind of beauty that is not common these days in other places. The eyes and smiles of the people show the beautiful kindness of their heart.»

To familiarise himself with his new environment, Oreste pledged to completely discover and understand the culture and traditions of Qatar by heart. He started visiting museums and important cultural sites as much as he could. His belief was that knowing the history of the country is the best way to co-exist with it especially now that he was staying in the country.

Oreste: «The culture – from statues in the middle of the Zekreet desert of Richard Serra, the Museum of Islamic Art, the new National Museum of Qatar, till the musical wonders of Qatari musician, Dana Alfardan, which is being showcased all over the world – is exceptional.»

But aside from these, Oreste would patiently learn the manner and ways of the Qataris through the friends and new colleagues that he interacted with on a daily basis. He would discover new things every now and then about them and, as the days passed by, he appreciated the people and the country more than anyone could never imagine.

The ILQ Team: «What are the other things you like about Qatar?»

Oreste: «Are you sure you have enough space for this answer? (laughs) Let’s try to resume it: in the most essential things, the kindness, as a signature from the hearts of every Qatari. His Highness The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the other members of the Al Thani family, every Qatari I have met so far exemplified this trait.The vision that Qatar has for itself and the rest of the world. The strength of the nation to continue growing and overpassing any obstacle, and how Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser said: “to remain unchained”.

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Former Ambassador Oreste Sandoval first arrived in Qatar on 25 May 2017 as the Ambassador of Panama to the State of Qatar, with the mission to handle all the diplomatic relations of his home country Panama with that of the host country, Qatar. From that day onwards, he recalls, time stood still for him and his fascination with Qatar started. Oreste literally fell in love with the country and never looked back again.

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