This is the real Qatar. Fire and smoke from the chimneys of a Petrochemical industry that works without a break. A stretch of beach, the dark seas, and a hint of dunes. Real Qatar.
And the you get a glimpse of the wannabe Qatar. All terrain vehicles zipping into the dark, by the shore and up the dunes.
What we see here in Doha is the pretentious Qatar. Glass buildings, speeding vehicles, underworked white skins, overworked brown skins… the rest will remain unsaid, and hopefully understood. The Real Qatar.
The is the real Qataris whom I have met… Aware and open of their humble beginnings, proud of their achievements and ambitious for their future.
The wannabes…Aware of the beginnings, but prefer to hide it, proud of their achievements and ambitious for the future.
And the pretentious lot… Unaware of the beginnings, complacent about the achievements and cocky about the future.
Qatar… Quite Qatar