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Qatar…From Afar: One Flew Over the Kookoo’s Nest

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airport sms #8Q 75pxFollowing the twelve-day ordeal in a Qatari jail, when my flight to Kathmandu landed, the first thing I did was to let friends in Qatar and friends and families in Nepal know that I had indeed safely landed in the city (see image), relieved to have left behind the craziness that can be Qatar!

Here’s what I mean by that:

Qatar Academy

A post I made about ten months into my stay in the country:

jackie chan post

About the kind of students we had at Qatar Academy. (Incidentally, “phase” should read “faze” and “Half a billion” in the post should read “half a million”!)

qatari student's disappointment

What’s a Nepalese teacher or a construction worker to students some of whom are able to drive vehicles such as these to school?!

9th grader's car

The following post gives you an insight into the thinking and attitudes of, I venture to say, many Qatari male students towards girls and women.

students on women driving

The news article shared in the following post is about the removal–under pressure from locals–of a YouTube video of a flash-mob performance in Doha. Until I arrived at Qatar Academy (QA), my teaching involved a lot of music, dancing and conversations and discussions about religion. Of course, I didn’t do any of that with QA students; I was instructed by my supervisors NOT to do any of that early on in my teaching stint at the school.

If you read the article, you’ll understand why!

against dancing

Another post which encapsulates the attitude of the local students towards workers from the (Indian) Subcontinent.

how an innocent person can end up in jail in Qatar

The following post provides a window into the way Qataris I encountered think.

The above story provides a window into the was Qataris (and I assume some Arabs) think.

About General Practices, Attitudes, Rules etc.

The following may–just may–be the source of some of the problems in Qatar! (Click here for the original post.)

cheapest thing in qatar...money

And when money is the cheapest thing around, why not get anything you want?!

something not quite right - pets Like a cheetah for a pet?! (Click here for the article.)

cheetah for sale…And spend $5k on luxury goods per month?! (Or get luxury cars for their ninth grader?) (Click here for the article.)

$5000:month on luxury goodsSince you cannot participate in events such as these as readily and easily as foreigners are able…

rugby club postOr when you can’t go out for a drink or two…

bar policy

…or legally buy alcohol… (A Liquor Permit is available to only expats making above a certain amount.)

liquor permit

…and when you can get a tank of gas (petrol) for the cost of a bottle of beer anyway!

driving license cost of alcohol & gasAnd if as a female teacher you are banned from not only bars, but also from teaching at boys schools…. (Click here for the article shared in the post.)

female teachers banned And the following I always found amusing. (Click here for the article in The Peninsula Qatar and here for the Reuters.)

attendance at functionsMigrant Laborers/Foreigners

To begin with, a post about the demographics of the country. (1.7 should have been followed by “million.” The current population of the country, if I am not mistaken, is just a little over two million!)

qatar demographicsIn other words, the Qataris need all the expats–unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled–it can get. But, the way they are treated…you would think otherwise!

Catch 22! Really! You’ll have to read the article to believe it! (The individual featured is most likely NOT from the Indian Subcontinent.)

catch 22If you are a migrant laborer, then this is the kind of vehicle you are shuttled around in.

bus laborers travel in

For migrant laborers–most of whom are men and by themselves–not only is there restrictions on movement in and out of the country and between jobs, there’s also restriction on where they can go in the city. (Click here to read the article.)

restrictions on singles

Is it any wonder then that we have the following situation in the country?! (Click here to read the article.)

nepalese workers

There you have it!

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  1. Hey
    The total population of Qatar is 2,694,849 people. People in Qatar speak the Arabic language. The linguistic diversity of Qatar is diverse according to a fractionalization scale which for Qatar is 0.48. The median age is approximately 32.6 years. Life expectancy in Qatar is 79. The female fertility rate in Qatar is 2. Around 33% of the population of Qatar are obese.
    http://www.confiduss.com/en/jurisdictions/qatar/demographics/

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