Doha’s desert turns brighter green

The past two weeks or so have been victorious, or at the very least, fun and uniting for Qatar-based vegan and aspirants!

Through my recently formed Qatar vegan community Facebook page, I’ve met Rebecca of Vegan Rawrr who makes the most delicious nut butters (my favourite being the almond butter), has a good supply of Nutritional Yeast Flakes (an important vegan kitchen must-have) and a natural Nutella-type spread (eventually, something nutritious that keeps my sweet tooth well satisfied).

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Qatar vegan community Facebook page

I’ve also ‘cybermet’ more than a couple of Doha-based vegans and bloggers. Larissa of Love and Green Juice periodically posts mouth-watering family recipe ideas, while Robyn, an Aussie raw food chef, based in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, launched her Girl on Raw latest e-book this week.

All this online activity has encouraged a handful of Kindnesses, aka ‘online Facebook vegan Likes’, to actually meet one another over a much-anticipated breakfast at the Four Seasons, this Tuesday.

What’s making Doha feel even more hospitable to the green movement, is the current hosting of the UN Climate Conference. Although not open to the public, I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of hours with visiting delegate, Mia MacDonald, a vegan and director of Brighter Green.

Based in New York, Brighter Green came here to share their expertise and findings on the intersection between climate change and the global spread of intensive animal agriculture and higher consumption of animal products. They had a panel at the conference and, for you and I, share a link to a series of policy papers and short videos that forms the foundation of Brighter Green’s Programme on Food Policy and Equity.

Left to right: Myself & Mia
Left to right: Myself & Mia

Mia and I, together with my two curious and enthusiastic vegetarian daughters, took ourselves off to the Sustainability Expo, running alongside the Conference (until the 7th December). Held at the Doha Exhibition Centre, it’s open to the public and entrance is free.

There, much to the delight of my children, we signed a big wall to show our support for the environment and sampled an array of vegan exclusive meals and desserts (such fun to have an entire menu from which to select), catered by restaurant chain and exhibitor, Loving Hut. Spreading news of the benefits to a plant-based diet, a group of over 50 volunteers, supported by Loving Hut, are promoting veganism in context to the impact of meat consumption on climate change.

Children are inherently compassionate
Children are inherently compassionate
Our future generation, those who will take bigger and knowing steps in healing Mother Nature
Our future generation, those who will take bigger and knowing steps in healing Mother Nature

I’ll be back there on Wednesday, as Loving Hut’s nutritional consultant shares ideas of how a family can adopt healthy vegan eating habits.

All in all, it has been super to experience locally based initiations, support and shared awareness for compassionate living. Right here in sandy Doha, what a treat!

17 thoughts on “Doha’s desert turns brighter green

  1. Hey Lynette thank you so much for the shout out I am green with envy that you have such a great network of vegans and sustainable awareness in Qatar. I have been meaning to come back to Qatar but will now have to wait until after baby is born, but would love to connect with you all in 2013. Hey BTW do you guys have a Loving Hut in Qatar??? Wowee if you do!

  2. Hi Robyn, I would be so keen to have you come to Qatar. We can certainly set something up that could benefit you and our Facebook vegan group. Please can you propose an activity and approximate timing and let’s make this happen! No, sadly no Loving Hut here and apparently no plans for one either. There are rumblings of a raw food restaurant, so I’ll keep my ears open for more news.

  3. Would you happen to know where to purchase Nutritional Yeast, by any chance?
    Haven’t yet found any in Dubai or Doha, sadface.


  4. A very interesting post! I didn’t realise all of that vegan promotion was happening at the same time as the conference. That is great!
    (I found you via Arohanui Vegan Love).

  5. Super Ally, the world’s but a village! I love the work of “Make it Possible” there in Australia. Please let me know if you come across any vegan clothing stylists in your country!

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  8. Wow, mommy you get better and better every time. And even more compassionate every time and you make your readers more loving and knowing too. Your an amazing righter and an amazing vegan and an amazing mother. Thank you for making this world brighter and better with your kindness and love.

    1. Hello Chelsey,

      Lovely to hear from you and to hear you are making healthy choices – for you, our planet and animals.

      I got my nutritional yeast from Mega Mart, but I’m sure other supermarkets might sell it.

      Are you a Vegan Qatar member on Facebook? It’s a group I started three years ago and most helpful to ask question like this on the forum.

      All the best, and please do keep reading and staying in touch. If you’d like to get each new post delivered in your email, do so here!

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