Wordless Wednesday: The Fattest, the Richest… Which is the Real Doha?

Qatar’s international profile has increased on a steep ascent in the last few years. Those of us who call Doha home grow immune to the stereotypes about the Middle East (we’re all in tents, hiding from suicide bombers, eating camels too old to ride, the women cowering against the back corner).

WASHINGTON - APRIL 14:  U.S. President Barack ...

WASHINGTON - APRIL 14: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar in the Oval Office of the White House April 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obma will reportedly discuss a range of issues including the recent turmoil in the Middle East. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Called everything from the “world’s richest” to the “world’s fattest” by everyone from comics to nightly news, it’s sometimes difficult to tell which is the real Qatar, even if you’re living here.

Here’s a project I started under Creative Commons Qatar (meaning you can remix or reuse these videos if you attribute) called “Dohati” which means My Doha in Arabic.

As the capital (and where most of the population is concentrated) Doha means many things to many people.

See for yourself what those living and working here have to have to say.

We’ll release three new Dohati videos a week in the month of May, so check back in often for the latest releases.

Record your own version of what Dohati means to you and submit for consideration to be included in the project.

Or share with me as a comment, your favorite stereotypes, myths, or honest questions about life on this small but mighty Arabian Peninsula.

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Mohana has a PhD from the University of Florida with a focus on gender and postcolonial theory. She is an award winning writer of novels, memoir and academic books. Check them out Amazon.com author page

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