By Staff writer
Expat car dealer surprised by British Empire Medal in Queen in the New Year's honours
A British second-hand car dealer in Qatar is has been recognised by the Queen in the New Year's honours.
Tony Porter, an expat based in Doha since 1993, was among those included by the Queen in the New Year's honours list to receive a British Empire Medal, in recognition of “services to the British community in Qatar”.
As well as running his business Oasis Cars with his Jordanian business partner Mamoon Khalil Halawa, Porter also organises desert trips for expat schoolchildren and families through a community project called Desert Dads.
“I’m not one for the limelight, so I was shocked and happy when I found out about the medal,” he told The Telegraph.
Porter is one of 71 named in the diplomatic service and overseas section of the 2016 New Year's honours list for good works around the world.