Qatar is famous for being one of the richest nations in the world thanks to its oil wealth and its strategic location. It has developed economically and infrastructurally over the last 20 years along with the rest of the Persian Gulf countries UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Doha has begun to resemble a mini Dubai but without the fast pace life and glitz and glam. Qatar is home to Al Jazeera 24/7 news network and enjoys good relations with the United States. Qatar was also one of the main Gulf monarchies to jump with the international community chorus in bombing Libya to remove Gaddafi and support the rebels despite Gaddafi's prophetic warning about the chaos that would be unleashed if he removed from power. Qatar has been playing devil's advocate. The Qataris (the government) have been supporting the United States and Saudi Arabia against ISIS and rebel groups seeking to overthrow the corrupt gulf monarchies. At the same time it has allowed Wahhabi and takfiri brand of Islam to flourish inside its own borders and has promoted wahhabism to other parts of the Levant and North Africa.
|Doha, capital of Qatar. This is how Qatar wants the world to see. A place for the rich, a home away from home for expats and wealthy migrants. Nevermind the reality of ordinary people and migrant workers' problems beyond the gleaming towers.|