My first public speaking appointment of the year brought me to wonderfull Doha. First time Qatar and even the first time for me in the Middle East. After getting selected to speak at SPS Doha, I had no idea at all what to expect. But looking back, I can certainly say that it was a great experience!
With my flight arriving at 1 AM on Friday morning and already agreed to meet at 7 AM for the desert trip, I was aware it would be a very short night 😀
So at 7 AM I met Patrick Guimonet again (already met him at SPS Dakar last year) and I met Katja Jokisalo for the first time. Togheter with Patrick, his wife and daughter, and Katja we went on an amazing desert trip including a camelride, sandboaring, visiting the inland sea… And of course taking amazing pictures!
In the evening Rick Van Rousselt also arrived in Doha and joined us for a nice boat trip toward the economic center of Doha.
Saturday was of course THE day of SPS Doha, around 50 attendees showed up for an interesting day full of enthousiastic speakers talking about all the latest related to SharePoint and Office 365.
I provided my session about introducing Redux in your SPFx solution, which is based on my experiences of my current development project. (More information about Redux and SPFx can be found at: Getting started with Redux in SharePoint Framework – Part 1)
After SPS we (of course) went to the only Belgian Cafe in Doha for some real Belgian beer and cocktails! The final part of my trip to Doha was reserved for a wonderful dinner and some shisha in good company!