Sandstorms and Microdust – Stay Safe – PSA

It’s an extra dusty day toda and it’s also super windy. I thought I’d just write a quick blog so that people know what they should be doing in this kind of situation. I’ve just come back home (had to go to the hospital for a bad stomach) and it’s clear that most are being careful but there are still idiots that don’t seem to care about lives.

– Stay inside if you can. This dust is ultra fine and can get into your lungs.
– If you have Asthma, wear a mask!
– If you absolutely must go out, drive slow, switch on your foglights, and avoid the fast lane. Make sure you take extra care in signaling
– Don’t open any windows, they’ll blow off!
– If you’re walking outside, be extra vigilant, if you are near a building, be careful as things can fall off.

So stay safe 🙂 This’ll pass soon.



Near Rainbow Roundabout

Photo by Lili Tagud


Was probably driving too fast

Photo by @cabreraeh

Olympic Tower in Westbay – Panels fell off

Photo by @thenkencame

A panel that fell off

Photo by @thenkencame

Freedom of Expression

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the Qatari Government is a signatory of states: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any medias and regardless of any frontiers.

    The Emiri Decision Number 86 of the year 2007 on the establishment of the Doha Free Information Centre marked yet another step towards establishing a State of rights and freedom of speech. The decision stipulated that the Centre be a non-profit organization, headquartered in Doha City, and have the authority to establish other affiliated centres inside and outside Qatar. It is worth mentioning that His Highness the Emir issued a decision in 1998 annulling the ministry of information, giving birth to a new era of freedom of speech where censorship was removed from local media.