Friday, May 03, 2013
Mysteries of Qatar
If someone knows the answer to these please feel free to let me know:
1. Why is it called West Bay when it's not west of anything? It’s slightly northeast of the city.
2. Why do so many people wait for 20+ minutes to get into City Centre Mall on the weekend to look for a parking spot?
3. Why, despite the fact that it has been demonstrated in many countries that seatbelts and child-safety seats save lives and help prevent injuries, has the Qatari Government not passed a law requiring everyone to use seatbelts? And why do so many people in Qatar not wear seatbelts, or allow their children to not wear seatbelts?
4. The word for “what” in Classical Arabic is “matha” but Qataris say “shinu”. How in the world did the word go from matha to shinu? They’re not even close in pronunciation.
5. Why do some Arabs conduct the most death-defying maneuvers when driving to shave a couple of seconds off their trip but when they get there they’re supposed to relax, maybe have a coffee, and chat for a while before engaging in any serious discussions? [My Qatari friends couldn’t explain it either.]
6. Why are apartment buildings approved to have fewer parking spaces than the number of apartments in the building?
7. Why are they called ring roads (A-Ring, B-Ring, C-Ring etc.) when they don’t actually ring around Doha?
8. Why do a lot of people wear t-shirts with English writing on them when they don't understand the English? (I'm not talking just about here either, it seems to apply to a lot of places in the world). Every now and then I see someone wearing a t-shirt and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be wearing it if they knew what it said.