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Hear ye Hear ye! Our new Emir is here – Congratulations! (Now here are my thoughts)

With watery eyes, I had to write this while I watched His Excellency Sheikh Hamad’s address to the people. (I don’t even know what you call an Emir who has stepped down. I’ve never heard that before… Can someone tell me?).

On my mind, all I could think of was how fortunate the Qatari people are. Look at other Arab countries in the Middle East. How many are in the amazingly lucky position to have such a great leader? Someone who acts in the best interest of his people? Someone who treats his people with kindness. I would go as far as saying that his heart is so big, that his generosity has made some people complacent; lazy even.

When I had started iLoveQatar, I had many goals. To help make Qatar a better place. To give people reasons to love Qatar. To make my family proud. To bridge the gap between expats and locals. However in the context of this write up, the way I see it, it’s a civic duty. Sheikh Hamad has put a lot of burden on his shoulders to help bring peace to the Middle East (and help the world). All the while giving the nation a vision and a goal. Oh and let’s not forget, trying to turn the Qatari nation into an educated and hard working one. Has he asked anything in return of his people except to be the best they can be? No. So the way I see it, the least I can do is something, no matter how small, to lift the weight of responsibility from his shoulders.

All of a sudden I’m reminded of various lyrics from Hailie’s song “Sometimes it feels like the world’s on my shoulders… This boulder on my shoulder gets heavy and harder to hold, and this load is like the weight of the world and I think my neck is breaking. Should I just give up or try to live up to these expectations?” Yes Ladies and Gentlemen, this is probably the only write up you’ll read that has The Emir, Ali bin Abi Taleb and Eminem quoted together.

The Emir, although I’ve never had the honor of meeting him (and kissing his forehead), is like a second father. In 18 years we now have new airports, Qatar Foundation, Education City/HBKU, Exhibition Centers, Charities, proper infrastructure, new cities, malls, the beautiful West Bay, Katara, the Souq, QMA, the list goes on and on.
We thank him. We thank those who have supported him. We thank him for trusting others to help build Qatar too.

 

So what did his address say?
Translation summary of speech given by His Excellency Sheikh Hamad (going a bit by memory so forgive me if it’s not perfect).

Photo by Lornss Al Naimi

“Today I will be addressing you as we are coming into a new era of history for our country. I wanted to address the good people of this country because this is your country. God knows that I have not desired power for the sake of power and never for personal motives. It has always been in the country and people’s interest. I hope that I have been seen to have worked hard for my duties and this change means that I will still be serving my homeland and its people.

Quoting Ali bin Abi Taleb the Emir said, “Teach your children other than what you have been taught, as they have been born for another time.”

I declare that I will hand over to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

[Sheikh Tamim] I am sure you can handle this responsibility, remember to fear God, work hard, and always seek out the truth/knowledge.

Work hard always, be there for your country.”

 

So what’s next?
In the next few days, traditionally, senior officials and tribe leaders will visit the Emiri Diwan to show their support for the change.
This event is called a Mubaya-a.
Update: Al Jazeera has just uploaded a video of the process with Abdulla Al Athbah (@a_alathbah). Click here

 


“The time had come for a new generation to assume responsibility to progress this country.” – Sheikh Hamad
Sheikh Hamad was true to his words and obviously has proven that what he said was honestly from the heart. That was a quote from when he took over the reigns in 1995.

 

Congratulations to His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad who is now the Emir of Qatar.

God protect Sheikh Hamad, Sheikh Tamim, the people of Qatar, and everyone with a good heart.

What does this mean for Qatar? (A question I’m asked quite a lot now)

Honestly? We’ve got a roadmap. If anything it just means things will progress faster. We now have young energy. We all know that a young person (with ambition) wants to change the world (for the better). I’m excited to see what legislations will change, what measures will be taken to progress human rights, and what Qatar 3.0 will look like.

I don’t know why everyone keeps asking the question of ‘what’s he going to do next?’. How about we stop speculating and just wait to hear what he has to say.

Every ship needs its crew. Sheikh Tamim is at the helm and we’re all on the same boat. If we all do our part, we’ll get to our destination faster.
What do I think?

I think this is a day of happiness and sadness, but let’s not forget that Sheikh Hamad isn’t going anywhere :) He’ll still be with his son, doing what any good father would do; giving guidance and support. Qatar is being a responsibly country. It is amazing that we have a transition plan, the Crown Prince (now Emir) has been in the process of shadowing his father for quite a while now. He doesn’t ‘know’ the Qatar Vision 2030, he IS the Qatar Vision 2030 now. This isn’t going to be an easy journey for him, but since when is leading any nation easy? As I’ve said before, just as I trust in Sheikh Hamad and Sheikha Moza, I trust in Sheikh Tamim.

I think that Qatar is setting precedence and making history by this transition alone. Did you know that Qatar is the first country in the Middle East to have had three leadership changes while all three leaders are still alive?

While countries are trying to build the World’s tallest, biggest, and fastest. Qatar is trying to build the best.

If you’d like to read a bit more click here for my other blog post. (Qatar gets ready for a leadership change)

 

Finally, I wanted to share a quick message to the expat community.

Dear expats,
Thank you for helping to build Qatar. With these announced changes, Qatar will continue to develop, we’ll see even more growth, and I hope you continue to see Qatar as home.

I know (and hope) that most of you share the Qatari people’s excitement. These are exciting times and you are a part of history.

Inshallah Qatar will make you proud and become an admired country.

Take care,
Mr. Q
Your friendly neighborhood Qatari

 

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The Emiri announcement – Here’s what I’ve heard (UPDATED)


Image shared on Pinterest by Vera Campbell-Capriotti
First of all, thank you so much for your messages and comments saying that we’re a source you can trust. It really means a lot to us.

People saw this post by Al Jazeera titled
‘Qatari emir to meet ruling family members’

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/06/2013623221218495868.html

and a post on our sister site Doha News titled
http://dohanews.co/post/53723624652/report-qatars-emir-to-meet-with-ruling-family-members

‘Report: Qatar’s Emir to meet with ruling family members to discuss succession plans’ and then started to ask questions.

So here’s what we’ve heard.

When’s the announcement?
An announcement is going to be made at 4PM today 8AM on the 25th.

It might not necessarily be the change of power, rather the announcement that there will be a shift.

Is there a holiday tomorrow the 25th of June?
People have been sharing that tomorrow will be a holiday.

Everyone, just WAIT for the official announcement. Tomorrow MIGHT be a holiday, it would only be natural to give the country a day to celebrate.

Update: There have been posts on twitter quoting the EMIRI DIWAN and also from Al Arab Newspaper saying that the there will be a holiday on the 25th.
This does NOT mean that all businesses will have a holiday necessarily. It just confirms that government institutions will be on holiday.
Sources: @ahjh_althani and @alarabnewspaper and QatarNewsAgency

What to the Qatari people think?
I can’t speak for everyone, but those friends and family that I ‘have’ spoken to, trust in the Emir, trust in Sheikh Tamim, and believe that Qatar will always be protected, progressive, and with a strong vision.

Feeling patriotic? Here’s Qatar’s National Anthem with translation in english :)

Your friendly neighborhood Qatari,
Mr. Q

Qatar gets ready for a leadership change, Mr. Q’s thoughts

Let me just get this out there. Yes I’ve heard people talking about this topic, but I chose not to write about this until it was officially in press. Why? If I wrote about everything that I heard, I might as well change my name to Gossip Girl Guy.

I thought that I’d share my 2 cents dirhams on this topic. The Telegraph wrote an article talking about “Qatar preparing for leadership change“. (Quick tangent, why doesn’t The Telegraph’s website have Qatar listed under their Middle East tab?). Here’s a bit about what they said,

“Senior figures in Qatar have briefed foreign counterparts that the time has come for Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, the 33-year-old crown prince to take over the leadership of the gas-rich Gulf state, the Daily Telegraph has learned.

The succession plan, which is due to be launched by the end of the month, will see Hamad bin Jassim, the prime minister and one of the biggest investors in Britain, give up his post.

Within weeks of that decision the royal court will announce that the emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, who has struggled with health problems, will cede powers to the Sandhurst-educated crown prince.”

I think that’s fantastic news. Qatar is being a responsible country. I understand that there’s a transition plan, they’ve been grooming the Crown Prince for quite a while now, and he’s already familiar with Qatar’s goals and dreams. Think about it, we’ve all already got a roadmap, it’s called the Qatar Vision 2030. I don’t mean to say that this will be a walk in the park of course. Leading a country with such ambitious goals can’t be simple, but just as I trust in our Emir and Sheikha Moza, I trust in our Crown Prince.

The article continues,

“The legacy of the emir and the prime minister has been to make Qatar a player in the world,” said Michael Stephens, a Gulf researcher at the Royal United Services Institute. “It was an outpost when they took over and now it has grown into a modern city, it is one of the biggest investors in Europe and Britain, has set up a very powerful Arab television station [Al Jazeera] and has a very prominent foreign policy. That is almost all down to the driving force of those two men.”

Absolutely! It was because there was a vision, a dream, a goal, and we have leaders that care about the people. Every son, at least in Qatar, tends to live in his father’s shadow. The weak tend to forever stand in the second line, but the strong aim to outshine and create their own legacies. Personally it was a proud moment to go from “Oh you’re Saleh’s son?” to hearing people say “Oh you’re Khalifa’s father?”. Both my father and I have our own reputations, and inshallah we’re both seen as good men. We’ll both be remembered for different reasons. Sorry went off into a personal story there for a second.

Back onto the topic of a leadership change. Honestly, I’m not worried at all. In fact, I’m excited to see what new things a young, energized, open minded Qatari, will bring to Qatar.

Allah yigaweeh, wa i7na bin san-deh. (May God keep him stronger and we will be his support).

 

Read the full Telegraph article here: Qatar Preparing for leadership change.

 

Other photos:

ILQ was contacted by Khalid Al Jumaily, Head of Local Media, to get the Qatar community involved with the actual development of the project!

The survey aims to gather the relevant information required to assist in the decision-making process concerning the precinct of the future stadium site and to ensure that new urban development in the area leaves a lasting social, economic and sporting legacy for citizens and residents.”

I think it’s fantastic that they’re taking our opinions.

Fill out the survey and help! What do YOU want to see them build with the stadium? A mall? Cycling track? Public play area? Click here -> http://iloveqatar.net/forum/read.php?28,43225

I filled it out myself and it took me less than 10 mins.

Breaking: Qatar Foundation Social Account hijacked (and how it could have been avoided)

(Please do share this! Let’s get people to be smarter about protecting their accounts online).

Here’s some breaking news thanks to the online community that covered this quite well and quite fast.

Qatar Foundation’s social media accounts have been ‘hacked’. People have been saying that it’s Assad Supporters Syrian Electronic Army. No they’re not a professional organization, it’s just some people trying to make themselves sound bigger than they really are.
You want to know what I think? No this isn’t the result of a ‘hacking’ attempt (because then the headline would be ‘twitter’ hacked, not QF), but more probably (and realistically) the result of poor password protection. (I’ll come onto that in a second, but let’s see what the community said).

First off, shout outs to @nasnas_here , @DJLedz, @dohadelivery, @mufyd_me , @teampistonbroke , @YasserM86, and Khalil, for bringing this to our attention and sending us images too.

At around 10:30AM on the 1st of March tweets started coming in that the Qatar Foundation twitter account was tweeting ‘anti-Qatar’ posts. Of course the online community, being mostly comprised of Read the rest of this entry »

Qatar and Dubai used to share a currency – yup.

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This isn’t NEW news but a few people asked me about this after reading ‘Fact 5′ in the Facts section on iLoveQatar.net

Yes Doha and Dubai are super close. The ties between the two are undoubtedly strong. In 1966 (officially 1967), Qatar and Dubai had a shared currency. It was known as the Qatar and Dubai Riyal. It’s one of the most rarest currency notes to get your hands on today. While doing a bit more research to share with you all, I stumbled upon this article from Trade Arabia from October 2012:

Rare-Find ‘Qatar & Dubai Currency Board’ Notes Auctioned in the UK!

At Bonhams ‘Banknotes and Coins’ auction in Knightsbridge in London, England yesterday, a number of mint-condition uncirculated Qatar and UAE banknotes – extremely rare in the world – has been purchased for £ 180,000 (QR 1.05 million) against pre-auction expectations range: £ 25,000 – 35,000 (QR 146,180 – 204,640), according to official press release from the auction house. 

At closer look by an expert, the corresponding early serial numbers – all marked ’000009′ – bolster more the intrinsic value of the collection.

The whole public sale, including non-currency items, hauled in a total of £ 580,194 (QR 3.39 million) for just 90% of the entire lots. Many rare coins of international origin and era as old as in Egypt 285 BC, the rule of the Ptolemaic kings.

Mr. John Millensted, Head of Coins at Bonhams, stated during a press interview: “It is a tremendously rare set and has been preserved well over the years, the price exceeded all expectations and we are very pleased with the result.”

The paper currencies, issued by the Qatar and Dubai Currency Board were a complete set of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 100 Qatari Riyalsdating back in September 1966, were neatly stored in a blue-leather presentation album with the cover inscription: ‘Council For the Currency of Qatar & Dubai’.

The banknotes appear with a vignette with a dhow, derrick, and palm tree at left portion, reverses with denomination at middle and upper corners, and issuing authority across the top. They were modestly mounted on card pages and secured by a thin masking tape strip on back of right edge. 
What’s the history behind the bills?

Back in March 1966, the so-called ‘Qatar-Dubai Currency Agreement’ was sealed to pave way for the ‘Qatar and Dubai Currency Board’ which, in turn, was expected to give birth to a common currency.

Six months later, the Board issued its first banknote. For some major reason, however, the formal treaty was dissolved — within less than seven years hence.

The State of Qatar went ahead to commission its own paper money, as the United Arab Emirates Currency Board circulated its own bills in Dubai. 

At present, high-grade banknotes of the short-lived Qatar & Dubai Currency Board – except for the 1 riyal — are such rarities, with the 25 riyal having such a limited production that it is almost nowhere to be found in any condition. 

 

Having said that, there’s been talks about a shared common currency for the GCC. Apparantly the first time that the decision was going to be made, the UAE declined, the second time GCC leaders met up UAE was onboard but Oman declined. Right now it’s all just a dream, but perhaps we’ll get there. I’m not quite sure of what the reasons are behind a shared currency not happening (perhaps someone can comment below and let me know), but it sounds interesting. Do you think it’ll be worth it?

Driving down Al Khor (oh and 998!)

Your friendly neighbourhood Qatari decides to go take a drive down Al Khor. (The potential for this place to be something amazing is HUGE).
While driving down and doing the usual Vlogging, I bring up a good point – 998!

Studying Abroad or choosing Education City?


Master Plan

I’m a huge fan of Qatar Foundation’s initiatives. I love the push for the development of a knowledge-based economy through Education City especially since the education system was quite poor not too long ago.

I actually studied in an IB school in Bahrain. At the time my father was one of the heads of Gulf Air (Qatar had a share in the airline and this was before Qatar Airways existed) and their Head Office was (and still is) on the island. The education system was considered to be ahead of Qatar, there were more choices when it came to private schools, and parents had a choice of putting their children in a school with a British, American, Canadian, or French curriculum.

Anyway, before I go off into too much of a tangent, let’s get back to talking about Education City. Look at Qatar now! We’ve got more schools, choices of universities, and the nation is encourage to ‘Think’ and ‘Innovate’; just in case you weren’t sure, there were signs, adverts, and giant words on the cornice that spelled it out for you. Education City itself is a great idea. Getting the world’s best universities together in the same area and walk-able campus. So much so that more foreign students are choosing to come to education city for their further education and more Qatari’s are starting to choose to stay in the country.

Two thoughts that come to my mind though are 1) what’s missing in Education city? and 2) is it better for a Qatari to study here in Qatar than going off abroad?

I feel like the university campuses are still lacking in facilities and in having that community feel. As beautifully designed as they are, they don’t feel like the campuses I studied at and visited when I was in the UK. Campuses had squares or outdoor common areas, restaurants, cafes, recreational areas, or even arcades. It felt like a little town. Plus most universities were close to actual town centers. At the moment students are sort of isolated. Most students need a car to get around (alright this is Doha so it’s understandable), but they’re quite far from the main city. I loved being able to get up, go to a seminar, and then grab the uni bus and head to the town center that was 10 minutes away, have dinner, watch a movie, and head back to uni. I’ve been told by some students that there’s a nickname for the mood they get into because they don’t feel like they’ve got enough to do, it’s called the “Doha Depression”. Honestly, it’ depressing to hear that such a phrase or expression exists. When I pressed to ask why they felt that way, I was told that they didn’t think there was enough to do or places to go. Honestly, part of university life is the social experience. Learning to interact, mingle, make friends with strangers, hang out, play sports, and explore. I’ve heard of great plans to build malls, more sports grounds, and even a cinema, but I haven’t seen any plans so far. I wonder what the hold up is.

It was also fun having different universities competing…. For anything! “We’ve got the best looking building, we’ve got the best cafes, we’ve got the best courses for Sociology 305, we’ve got—“ you get the point. Right now I feel like Education City is the university and the different universities are departments. Not only because they’re so close to each other, but because of the shared student spaces. Should each university be more independent infrastructure wise as well?

When it comes to more Qataris choosing to study here, the question is whether it’s the best choice. It’s a personal thing, that’s for sure, but I loved studying in the UK. I made friends with people from all over the world, I learned to be independent, I learned how to manage funds living in an apartment alone, and I learned to understand things from different perspectives. Studying abroad gives you experiences that no classroom can provide.  It’s both scary and exciting to be in a foreign setting and being immersed in a new cultural environment. I found new challenges and found ways to solve new problems.

It also gave me appreciation for what I have here in Qatar. No tax worries and lower cost of living are two that come to my mind. Personally I’d take studying abroad every time.

One popular Qatari group called Qatari & Qatariah had questioned the public with “Do you think that Qataris who study abroad are more intelligent or can perform better in the work place?”.  It was a mixed bag of answers. Some said that intelligence depended on the abilities of the person regardless of where they studied, but most agreed that studying abroad gave them that extra edge and a different way of thinking.

I’m proud of the way that Qatar has progressed in the Education sector. We’re doing some amazing things. Qatar Foundation and Education City are encouraging people to read, question, and create. That’s exactly the type of social development the country needs to create a country of the future. Whether choosing to study abroad or here in Qatar. One thing’s for sure, it’s great that we now have more choices.

 

 

 

A day to feel pride – National Day

Qatar is building on celebrations year on year. There are a number of huge milestones and events that have lead up to this as well. Look at the launch of the Museum of Islamic Art, The Media Expo, Qatar Media Freedom Center, the involvement in Philipines resolutions, advancement in Human Rights, the launch of other huge developments for example, winning the World Cup, and the list goes on. Qatar’s definitely in the spotlight and Doha will continue to shine bright as long as changes keep happening.

So whether you’re Qatari, American, British, Indian, Philipino, Japanese, Chinese or any other nationality, and let’s face it, Qatar is a melting pot of diversity, please celebrate National Day with us! Let happiness run through you like a rush of energy. Here’s a thought to make you smile. Think of each firework that goes off on December 18 as the sound of the country’s heartbeat.

One common question I’m asked is how is it that Qatar changed National Day’s date? It never changed. They’re thinking of Independence day, which is on the 3rd of September. Here’s some more info on National day (from QatarNationalDay.qa)

On 18 December 1878, Sheikh Jassem bin Mohamed bin Thani succeeded his father as the ruler of Qatar. With that, Qatar became a country with a vision… a country that would find unity, grow rapidly, and reach toward ever higher heights.

National Day, also known as Founder’s Day, celebrates the rise of Sheikh Jassem as the father and founder of the State of Qatar. And yet this holiday is a mere two years old: it was founded in 2007 to give people an occasion to honour the history and identity of their country, and to commemorate those who have worked and continue to work to make Qatar a great nation.

The 18th of December is a special day – a day of unity for the people of Qatar. We want you to be a part of it!


My thoughts on the salary increases for (some) Qataris

Now that the frenzy has ended, I’ve been asked by quite a few people to share my thoughts on the recent salary increases. I’ll start this off by answering some of the most common questions I got.

Mr. Q! You’re rich now! When are you getting that Ferrari?
First of all no I’m not. Second of all, it’s a Porsche -_- On a serious note NOT all Qataris got the salary increase!

 

So who does the salary increase apply to?
It’s not really black and white. It was initially given to government employees. That meant that those in the private sector weren’t part of the salary increase. However since the annoucement, a lot of companies in the private sector have followed suit. 1) It does make them look good to follow an Emiri Decree and 2) Some didn’t really have a choice (mostly the larger private entities).

Ok tell us, how much did Qataris in the government get?
For state civilian employees they got a 60% increase on their basic salary and social allowance
For Military  personnel it’s a 50% increase on their basic and social allowance
For  Military personnel of an officer rank, they get a 120% increase on their basic and social allowance.

Nice huh? Makes you want to think about joining the army.

No seriously, how much did Qataris REALLY get?
It’s no joke. Don’t believe me? Check out Emiri decision No. 50 of 2011.

So that’s over DOUBLE their salary!
Wrong! It’s 60% of BASIC and SOCIAL. Let’s say your salary is 10k. Your basic is 4k. Your social is 1k. Your remainder salary is made up of housing, transportation, etc… In this case you get 60% of 5k. That’s 3k or a 30% pay increase overall. Of course this is just an example

Anything else you want to mention?
It’s not just salaries. Government employees also get their pensions to go up by 60% and Military by 50% or 120% depending on their rank.

Why did they do this… It doesn’t make sense!
A lot of things don’t make sense in this world, but there’s actually a good reason for all of this!  First of all, lets start from the beginning. Government employees actually had their salaries ‘balanced’ two years ago to comply with their new grading scheme. For some people it was great, for others… it made life really tough. If you were a junior staff at 15k, you could have been dropped to as low as 7k per month. That’s a 50% decrease. Some people’s salaries went up though but only by a small margin. So if you look at the 60% pay increase, they’re probably back to where they were. Of course I’m talking about the people who were affected negatively. To be honest, many people especially in the Military were known to have received extremely low salaries and they definitely did deserve more.

How much is this going to cost the government then?
A cool 10 billion riyals a year (that doesn’t include the extra 10 billion given to the pensions fund and 10 billion to the retirees’ subscriptions.

How do you feel about this Mr. Q?
You want to know? Well I’ve got mixed emotions to be honest.

Now here are my thoughts from a number of different angles…

As a citizen, it’s great to know that the government is there to take care of it’s people. It’s nice to feel that my country care about government officials so much. I do think that it would have been great to have spent 10billion riyals on training government workers so that they could work much more effectively though (just thinking about my own experience with simple processes here). The cost of living has definitely increased significantly in the passed few years. Building a house is near impossible and a decent price anymore.

However as someone who works in the private sector,I’m left thinking, “What about me?”. I studied hard. I went to university to get my degree. I came back and worked in the private sector. I proved that I was a hard worker, dedicated, and was set to prove that Qataris are ready to make a difference in the world. So why aren’t I being rewarded as well? In fact, are we giving the wrong message to the new generation? Come and get a cushy government job. Aren’t we trying to build a knowledge based economy? One that will encourage start ups, Qatari entrepreneurs, and see a growth in SMEs? Why would a youngster create his own businesses now when he can get a great salary working in a government job? Despite all of that, I’m still left thinking “what about me?”.

As someone who cares about the economy, a couple of days after the announcement, shops didn’t waste their time. I received BBM notifications constantly about the different shops that raised their prices. The government had already threatened companies with fines if they raised their prices and also set up a hotline for people to report it, but that didn’t stop many. Car washes raised their prices, restaurants raised their prices, cold stores raised their prices, everybody was doing it! Some people said, “It’s only a couple of riyals”, no it’s not! It all ads up! This my dear friends is what causes INFLATION. Many Qataris started to complain about this; online forums, BBM, and the newspapers published article after article of examples in price rises. Well if the people who got the pay rise are complaining, what about the Qataris or the exapts that didn’t get the pay rise?

What I don’t understand is why didn’t the just give government employees a pay rise quietly? Alright it might have been difficult to contain that one, but what about Kuwait’s solution? They got rid of Kuwaiti’s debts (up to a certain amount). I’m pretty sure that would have helped out more, and would have been fairer on all of us.

From the point of view of a private business owner, there are LOADS of problems here; Qatarization was hard enough! Now companies have to compete with the government too! I don’t really want to think about this one…. Let’s start with listed companies, they have a duty and a responsibility to share-holders. If a private company increases Qataris salaries, that dips into the shareholders pockets. It would be fair to say that it would be in the companies best interest NOT to hire Qataris to reduce cost (that can’t happen though since Qatarization is not an option). I’ll give you a really simple example. You own a business that sells Land Cruisers (had to slip that one in. Heh.). Everything’s going well, but now you have to cut into your own profits to increase your employees salaries. They’re not really doing any more work than they signed up for. Inflation is only up by 10% but you have to give them 60% increase. Now the funny thing is, you understand where I’m going with here, but I’ll bet you still want to be that person with the 60% pay increase. Am I right? Don’t worry, it’s human nature.

Point of view of the expat, “That’s not fair, what about us? We work harder than Qataris! We deserve more too!”, the people scream on one particular forum that shall not be named. You know what I say to them? Don’t like it? Tough! I’m sorry but it really gets my blood boiling. I feel like Qatar is the only country in the world where some expats (Most of the ones I personally know are awesome btw!) discriminate against the locals! They come to Qatar, live quite a comfortable life, more comfortable than back where they live, their governments probably tax the hell out of them, and then they complain that they deserve more. Think about this logically, wherever you are from and imagine that a foreigner comes to your country and feels entitled to more; not the same (I believe in equality), but more than the locals…

I’m sorry but shouldn’t you be demanding more from your own country? Looks to me that we’re in a new age where the new saying is “Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you.” and not the other way around.

 

So what should those who got the pay rise do now? Splurge? Obviously not. The best thing would be for them to invest their new income in something that will give them a safe future. I don’t know put it in a savings account, invest in stocks, start your own little business, SOMETHING, that doesn’t encourage un-necessary inflation please!

 

I’ll end this quick piece with with what one of my favourite users on ILQ said (TimeBandit), and I think it sums it all up nicely.

“Hey I don’t pay tax, so I don’t care what the government does with its money. I just want a job, on commission, working for a car dealership ASAP.”

 

You might also be interested in:

Qatars are all rich – the myth

I envy Bahrainis

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.