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Adam Barber, 34, design engineer, Doha

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'I was recruited in Sydney specifically to work in Doha, Qatar, and arrived there in August 2001.

My wife and two children are with me and we enjoy the expatriate life style. The working hours are long but it's been a real growing experience for me. My area is water and wastewater, but I have also been positioning myself to work in the marine environment.

There is a huge amount of work in Doha because they are building Education City: a centre of excellence for education in the Middle East. Our project teams work in four silos: water, property, transportation and consulting. The company looked at personnel from each of these areas and put together a self-contained team.

But if we need specialist skills we bring them in from business groups all over the world. Concepts are discussed by e-mail, but then for the detail, people relocate for three or four months to the Doha office.

The office has grown from 10 people to 120 in three years: Egyptian, American, British, Indian, Pakistani, South African, Syrian and, of course, Australian.'

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