What's Qatar like?

doha qatar skyline
--Photo by Doha Sam

Hot. And it's technically winter. I don't even want to think about what it's like here in the 50C summers.

Doha, the capital, has the feel of a new city. Kind of like Dubai from what I hear.The majority of the buildings are brand new or under construction. It's a wealthy place with hospitable people, and it seems the whole city is actively working on making the place a leisure and cultural hot-spot.

Roger Federer just won the Qatar Open here yesterday, and the people here are visibly excited as the Asia Cup kicks off (based off all the honking and flag flailing).

I don't know how they're going to play the World Cup here in the summer though. Even with the high-tech stadiums they're talking about. 50 degrees Celsius would be dangerously hot for taiko playing, can't imagine what it'd be like for soccer.

All in all, it's a great place and there's a whole hodgepodge of interesting people from all over the globe. And my guess is that it'll be continually changing over the next few years. I'd like to see how different it'll be by 2022.

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