Where in the world: Qatar

2016-05-25T00:37:25+00:0029 July 2012|Qatar, Quirky corners, Where in the world|

Where in the world

Where in the world – summer edition

We haven’t had a photo quiz in quite a while here on Sophie’s World, so here’s a little summer quiz for you, dear readers: Where in the world is this skyline?

Here’s a hint:
– It’s mostly summer all year round in this capital; well above 40°C when I visited in October a few years ago.

Think you know the answer?

The winner will be featured here on Sophie’s World and on Sophie’s World facebook page – with a link back to your site if you’re a blogger.

Update 31 July: This skyline is in Doha in Qatar

This was a difficult one, it seems. Many of you were in the neighbourhood – in the UAE, specifically. This, however, is not one of the emirates.

This skyline – shimmering in the afternoon heat – is in Doha, capital of tiny Qatar, the world’s richest country. Doha is host to numerous international events, most notably the Doha Round of the WTO. In February this year, the latest reconciliation attempt between Fatah and Hamas took place in Doha, bringing a glimpse of hope to troubled Palestine.

Another institution associated with the Qatari capital is the Doha Debates. You may have seen it on BBC World News. Eight times a year, a controversial issue is debated – a battleground where words are the only weapons. Protection of religious minorities, marriage between close family members, censorship and the arts, the position of women after the Arab uprisings and numerous other fascinating subjects have been debated. I think it’s a wonderful idea and a highlight of television.

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  1. Anne-Sophie Redisch 2 August 2012 at 1816 - Reply

    I managed to delete all databases today! Like a screech on a blackboard, that sentence.

    Luckily, my web host had back-ups, but only until 28 July. Sadly, that means any comments posted after 28 July can’t be restored, sorry!

    Thanks to all who played this time. None guessed Doha, but many thought Abu Dhabi or Dubai. Hence the comment above.

  2. Sabina 6 August 2012 at 0107 - Reply

    Qatar! I just loved Doha. I do believe if I’d seen this photo before you gave the answer I would have guessed it. Even when I was there – gosh, already about a year and a half ago – the new part of the city was still being built up. Qatar is really going to be quite something some day soon, I think.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 7 August 2012 at 1257 - Reply

      I was there only for a short while, but am tempted to have a closer look at Doha and the rest of Qatar as well. There are some forts I’d like to see – and the inland sea.

  3. Paul 13 August 2012 at 1552 - Reply

    Never been to Qatar yet but a colleague just returned after spending 6 months there working. Yes a lovely place was his take but the people tended to be a little (I don’t want to say rude but). One of his examples on this was standing in a queue at a shop waiting to pay for your food items and a local resident noticing that you are a foreigner just decides to walk in front of you and straight to the counter to pay, this was just one example of many he gave me. Its a shame, hope all visitors do not feel the same way.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 August 2012 at 2312 - Reply

      Not a very nice experience that. I’ve been lucky and have met mostly polite and very generous people in the Middle East.

  4. Andrew Graeme Gould 21 November 2012 at 0410 - Reply

    What a fascinating view, Sophie! And yes, I’ve seen some of those Doha Debates on BBC cable.

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