· May, 2007

Stories about Qatar from May, 2007

Kuwait: Heat Lagging

  30 May 2007

Intlxpatr from Kuwait is ‘heat-lagging.’ “The heat has hit me like a building crashing down around me. It changes everything I do. Somehow I don’t remember last year being so hot, but I know it was, and I think I just didn’t go out very often. Now that I am...

Qatar: Why Somalia isn't Iraq

  24 May 2007

Qatar-based blogger Abdurahman Warsame explains why Somalia isn't like Iraq. “There has been bomb attacks in Mogadishu since the city fell to the Transitional Government. A number of civilians were killed in various attacks, the prime minister Ali Ghedi and Mayor of Mogadishu, former warlord Mohamed Dheere, have both survived...

Qatar: Rising Cost of Living

  21 May 2007

Writing from Qatar Serendipity links to a news article about the rising cost of living in the Arabian Gulf state. “When it was just affecting expats, the companies didn't seem to care too much, but now that inflation is biting at the Qatari population too, does this mean employers are...

Arabeyes: The Middle East in Pictures

  21 May 2007

Today's Middle East in Pictures tour takes us to Dubai's lovely beaches, Doha at night, a picture of a flower in Bahrain, the blooming flower gardens of Syria this spring and finally on a Viagra buying spree in the bazaars of Fez, in Morocco.

Iraq: Al Jazeera Bending to US Pressure

  18 May 2007

Iraqi blogger Lady Bird claims that Qatari-based Al Jazeera is being forced to bend to pressure from the US. “Reported today the board members of Aljazeera were removed [including Chief director Wadah Khanfar] and a totally new board was established appointed by the Emir of Qatar directly.The rumors are that...

Qatar: The Wages of Hard Labour

  9 May 2007

Qatar-based blogger e46M3 sheds light on wages workers in Qatar reap for their hard labour. “From today's Arabic daily al-Raya: * Labor foreman, salary 800 Riyals (approx $220), working hours 5am to 5pm. * Builder, salary 700 Riyals (approx $190), working hours 6am to 6pm. No off day. * Builder,...

AlJazeeraTalk Blocked in Saudi Arabia

  4 May 2007

Muhammad Basheer and Amaar are both reporting that AlJazeeraTalk, a popular Arabic youth blog and discussion board, has been blocked to users in Saudi Arabia. AlJazeera Talk has responded by saying “Thank You Saudi Arabia!” They are asking if the block (which ironically occurred on World Press Freedom Day) was...

Arabeyes: The Middle East in Pictures

  3 May 2007

From dealing with the death of dear friend - a horse - to news of how the seaside town of Mukalla is Yemen is turning into a soulless new construction site, Amira Al Hussaini takes you on a new pictorial tour of the Middle East in today's blog round up.

Labouring in Qatar

  1 May 2007

Like many of the Gulf States, Qatar is heavily dependent of foreign expatriate workforce to help fuels its growth. Demographically, Qataris make up less than 25% of the 800,000 people living in the country, with the remaining 600,000 or so people being expats or children. With a reported per capita...