Sunday, July 31, 2011

Man Reading the Koran in a Doha Mosque, Doha, Qatar, Middle East

Man Reading the Koran in a Doha Mosque, Doha, Qatar, Middle East


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Ramadan will start August 2nd ..Just a short reminder do not forget that a lots of offices ,health centers will be open only for short hours in the morning and will reopen only after 8 or 9 o'clock in the evening .No eating or drinking before sunset on public places except for some hotels .The hours before the sunset may be very quiet in some areas on the roads .If you wish to ride a bike you may find it the best time .

Friday, July 29, 2011

Numbers in Qatar - Summer Holidays

 90% of the locals had gone to Europe for summer vacations this year ...The usual places in other Arabian countries are empty ...just seen on tv that so many Arabs went to Jordan this year for holidays .I just learnt that the Egyptians and some other Arab countries call the Gulf Arabs simply  the Arabs .:)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Doha Mums Club is asking for fees nowadays . In the beginning I was happy to see that there is a club for mums . They were inviting mums of any age , nationality , religion ....Twice i went there   to a playground meeting and I did not feel welcomed there at all . Just the usual snobbish western bunch who would not chat with anybody else than there own kind ...So I am not puzzled at all about there discounts and programs .According to their offer  you can go to somebody's else compound or to a public cafe .park  and you  should pay for that 150 riyals yearly .

 There is  need for a real international  Mum's Club . We kept having coffee morning's but the leader of our group has moved . What a  pity . I still hope that somebody would reorganize it .I met there people from many countries ... and most of the women were open minded ....

Let us hope for better times ...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Nine years ago we arrived first time in Qatar .It was the worst season to come .Humidity ,heat .It was the first time I saw these very poor people - the laborers of Pakistan , India ,Afghanistan . I came from a  society  with much more egalitarian values .
I missed the forests of Hungary , the little town where I always came across friends when I went to the town center . I missed my pupils ,my family . We were walking in the City Center and we knew nobody . But when sitting in a cafe reading the Gulf Times I saw some wonderful news Summer Festival ...Then came weeks jammed with cultural events ...folk dance ,play house ,musicians ...

It was great indeed ...

Why did they stop those festivals?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Arab women and the Arabian Uprisings

Women used to be taboo in the Middle Eastern societies up to now .When fighting for the power women just worked secretly in the background ...and they were not attacked ....Things have changed ...First in Egypt women went to the streets to protest ... then they were attacked. A prominent Egyptian actor said ;"Tahrir square ? Boys and girls together in the big crowd -every kind of immoral act "

Then the Yemeni president called the women who were protesting veiled and segregated -immoral ones .There was a big crowd of them . No wonder that someone took revenge by publishing Saleh's daughter photo on the youtube .In Western standard there was nothing indecent on this photo - a lovely girl was there in jeans and long sleeved blouse ...but this was meant as a big humiliation ...

Then the turn came for the Al jazeera tv channel's women presenters . They got nasty e-mails with fabricated nasty photos on these presenters and threats that full similar videos will be published soon .Their family members were threatened ...

Monday, July 04, 2011

Aspire Tower Metal Photo Print

This photo of mine gets more and more attention .It was published in Dubai weather blog first -isn't that strange ? Then I got customers from Japan who liked it .
Just to encourage the others who are trying to sell their photos on Qatar : there is demand for it but not here but in Texas ,Florida ,Italy ,Japan ...Since there is internet it is not so difficult to find them ...
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