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Ninjas in DohaLeafing through an old copy of Woman’s Day recently (November 5th 2007), I came across a travel piece, “Postcard from Doha: Glen Williams has an Arabian Adventure in Qatar.”

This was an article (not an advert!) to inform readers about Qatar. So eager to learn more, I read on.

Touching down in the palm-laden city of Doha, you instantly feel you’ve been transported into the pages of your very own Arabian Nights adventure. So surreal are the sights and sounds of this Middle Eastern oasis, you start to believe in flying carpets and genies. Yes, Doha, capital of the oil-rich kingdom of Qatar, has transformed into a bustling metropolis.

But it’s not all slick and modern. There remains an overwhelming charm to the place. The ancient and modern sit happily side by side. The ruins on the edge of town date back to a time when Jesus strolled the sands. Now they share space with the Khalifa Stadium, used to stage the Asian Games – the world’s biggest sporting event after the Olympic Games. The spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 Asian games were the brainchild of our very own David Atkins and Ignatius Jones – who also gave us the Sydney 20000 Olympics Opening Ceremony. The pair so love Doha they’re thinking of setting up an office in the region.
Leaving our hotel, the luxurious Marriott with its panoramic views of the Persian Gulf, we go for a stroll around Doha Bay…in the middle is Palm Tree Island. Once just a sandbar, it now has gardens, restaurants, bars and an amusement park. At the northern end of Doha Bay you can go swimming. But remember it’s a Muslim country, so modest swimwear is a must.
We also marvel at the hundreds of luxurious yachts, some with solid gold anchors, belonging to cashed-up oil sheiks.

Ignatius tells us about Souk Waqif in the old district ..This treasure trove brims with Middle Eastern exotica. I get kitted out like Lawrence of Arabia… we haggle over finely woven carpets and a silver dagger. Ignatius show us amazing 200-year-old turquoise, coral and cornelian wedding crowns he has bought. Gramophones from the ‘20s share stalls with dusty camels, forlorn donkeys, fabrics, perfumes and spices. Mysterious women in black abayas glide by. Their eyes peek through niqab face veils as if from the slit of a letterbox. And the aroma of rich brewed coffee wafts down from the alleyways.
 
Glitter
Marriott Doha 
What’s not to love?
Well, Glen inadvertently touched on some less savoury aspects of this Arabian wonderland:
 
1. Was the mention of Jesus strolling the sands a nod to the Islamic claim that Jesus was a Muslim? This doesn’t (as some naive folk believe) mean that we share the same values. Islam believes Issa, the Muslim Jesus, will come back and destroy Christianity.  And on the subject of destruction, Qatar is an Islamic country now, but what happened to the original non-Muslim population, which was largely Zoroastrian?

2. References to the name of the Stadium - Khalifa, that modest swimwear is a must in this Muslim country, and to mysterious women in black abayas... eyes peeking through niqab face veils should not enchant, but serve to remind us that Qatar is a repressive, misogynist country ruled by sharia. Just look at parts of the constitution:
Article 1
Qatar is an independent Arab state. Islam is the State’s religion and the Islamic Shariah is the main source of its legislation. It has a democratic political system. People of Qatar are part of the Arab nation (ummah).
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No females we are Muslim No room for ambiguity there! Note that it throws in “democratic”, despite shariah and democracy being incompatible.

Article 18
The Qatari society shall be based on justice, kindness, freedom, equality and morals.
Article 21
The family shall be the foundation of the society. Its pillars shall be religion, morals and love for the nation.
I guess that’s morals, Islamic-style – polygamy, rape, beating women and children, amputations and stoning. And as sharia rules, how can there be equality, when Islam mandates inferior status for non-Muslims?

Article 50
The freedom to worship is assured to all, in accordance with the law and the requirements of protecting the public system and public behaviour. (source)

Freedom to worship, so long as you’re Muslim, as this is the only way to protect the public shariah system.

3. References to dusty camels and forlorn donkeys should prick the conscience of all animal lovers and remind them that the Islamic world treats animals appallingly.

4. The luxurious yachts, some with solid gold anchors, belonging to cashed-up oil sheiks, point to the obscene amount of wealth among those at the top, with the majority oppressed and living in abject conditions.

There’s certainly plenty of cash swishing around, and the Islamic world is happy to use it to advance stealth jihad in the West by taking over its infrastructure. For instance, whilst our own Qantas airline is struggling and shedding jobs, Islamic competitors – Etihad, Emirates, Qatar - are busy muscling in. It’s easy for them because their airlines are government owned and financed.
“A Qatar Airways executive says they will look to expand further in Australia and the Americas as part of a long-term growth plan.” (source)
And now Qantas is entering into an unholy alliance with Etihad – no prizes for guessing how that’s going to work out.
Qatari women
But it’s not all bad! Not when you have prominent Qataris like Islamist preacher Sheikh Yusef al-Qaradawi, who has called for a holy war against Israel.
"Muslims must carry out jihad to liberate all the land of Islam. Palestine does not belong only to the Palestinians but to all Muslims"
The Egyptian-born cleric, best known for his regular appearances on the Qatari satellite channel, Al-Jazeera, said that the Islamic world "needs men like those of Hezbollah: in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and everywhere".

Qaradawi, who has close links to the Muslim Brotherhood, said that Islamic law,  dictated "if a land of Islam is occupied, the entire population must resist and start jihad." (source)

Still, we mustn’t judge all Muslims by Qaradawi. Those in Australia adapt and become model citizens, right?  Jamila Hussain, in “The loaded concept of citizenship” seems a bit ambivalent about this:

It is claimed that Islamic theology divides the world into darul Islam and darul harb (abode of war) and all Western nations form part of the abode of war. Muslims should not live outside the Islamic state.
…the vast majority of modern scholars reject such a dichotomy…
Swiss Muslim philosopher Tariq Ramadan, noted Egyptian scholar Yusuf al-Qaardawi, and American imam Feisal Abdul Rauf - who was invited as guest speaker at an interfaith gathering by Premier Bob Carr in 2004 - argue that it is perfectly possible for a Muslim to be a good citizen of a Europe, America or Australia.
Providing they are not required to do anything contrary to Islam, they can take up citizenship, vote and join the army - possibly to fight against Muslims in a just cause.
However, when a person becomes a citizen, there must be a two-way process of acceptance. There should not be first- and second-class citizenship. Just as new citizens are expected to abide by the law, respect Australian values and take pride in being Australian, so older Australians should be prepared to learn a little about the customs and beliefs of migrants and tolerate beliefs and practices which may be different from their own. (source)

So let me get this clear: we have to accept Muslims and accommodate their beliefs and practices (including separate Muslim prayer rooms on campus), even if this includes jihad and killing infidels! Jamila  “moderate” Western Islamic viewpoint is that Qaradawi is a noted Egyptian scholar.
 
Noted Egyptian scholar's wisdom on Qatari TV

 
Somehow, I’m not feeling too reassured.!

Robin Wigglesworth laments the absence of a free press in Qatar:
Qatar is not known for political spats and controversy but a publicly aired argument between the Doha Centre for Media Freedom and its political sponsors has recently livened up the peninsula.
On the eve of the opening of the Qatar Science and Technology Park – a flagship royally sponsored project – the Centre sent an incendiary open letter to its sponsor, Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, wife of the emir, lambasting the authorities for failing to issue a visa to an Afghan journalist before he was killed in the war-torn country. It blamed “people close” to Sheikha Mozah for doing their utmost to “disrupt our efforts, trying by all possible means to restrict our independence and our freedom to speak and act.”
The letter highlighted the escalating tension between the Centre – founded by Robert Ménard, formerly of Reporters Without Borders  (RWB) – and its paymasters over the state of the country’s media, namely it’s perceived lethargy in reforming and modernising its 1979 press laws and improving conditions for its domestic journalists.
Qatar has been praised for its support of al-Jazeera, the television news network that has covered controversial regional affairs, and the Doha Debates, a frank and uncensored discussion of Arab and Muslim affairs.
Yet the relative freedom of al-Jazeera and the Doha Debates stand in sharp contrast to the continued system of censorship of the domestic media industry, say local journalists.
Child slavery - Child camel jockeys in Qatar 2005
Qatari press laws stipulate prison sentences for a host of offences, including criticising religion, the army and the royal family. Most journalists are expatriates whose employers hold on to their passports, with many called in for questioning by the police when they displease the authorities or powerful private interests.
Says Ménard. “It’s practically impossible to criticise government policy ... The Qatari press law is both obsolete and repressive.” (source)
A few examples of press freedom, Qatari-style:
1. RWB condemned a three-year jail sentence in absentia against journalist Amal Eisa, formerly of the Qatari daily al-Sharq, for “defamation”, on the basis of a complaint from the Hamad public hospital in Doha.
“This extremely harsh penalty…sends a dangerous signal to all journalists…The Qatari authorities have made promises to defend press freedom. This should be achieved through serious legal reform, resulting in the decriminalisation of press offences in the country”.
Jordanian national Amal Eisa was sentenced and her editor was fined 20,000 rials when the Hamad hospital laid a complaint against the newspaper after it carried an article about a mistake in which a living patient was sent to the morgue. The hospital authorities immediately denied the incident had taken place and sued the paper. Eisa left Qatar several months ago.
Jail sentences are provided for in cases of press offences under Qatari press law, which also includes criminal penalties for offences such as “damage to state integrity” or “damage to religions”. (source)
 2. Hajar Smouni, head of research at the Centre and a former member of RWB staff, was prevented from leaving Qatar.
“The Doha Centre has been struggling to keep its independence and is under pressure from the Qatari authorities,” RWB member Jean-François Julliard said. “This ban is a violation of the undertakings Qatar gave to the Doha Centre.”
Smouni was to have accompanied Doha Centre director-general Robert Ménard to Bahrain, to meet with culture and information minister Sheikha Mai Al-Khalifa and parliamentarians to discuss Bahrain’s press law. On arrival at Doha airport, she was told she was forbidden to leave the country. The ban was eventually lifted after the Centre intervened but Smouni missed her flight.
The Doha Centre was set up with RWB support under a cooperation agreement with the Qatar Foundation, which is headed by Sheikha Mozah, the wife of Qatar’s Emir. (source)
  
Qatar - map

 3. RWB has asked the Qatari Emir to pardon forthwith the journalist Firas Majali whose death sentence was confirmed by a Qatari appeals court.
" Without prejudging the merits of the case, we must emphasise that Majali’s trial took place in a climate of great tension between Jordan and Qatar, which undoubtedly hindered the holding of a fair and equitable trial”, said Robert Ménard, of RWB.
A Jordanian national, Majali was arrested in February 2002 in Doha (Qatar), where he was working as a journalist for the first channel of the Qatari State television. Accused of ’spying’ for his country, he was sentenced to the death penalty. The journalist is also the son of a former Jordanian information minister and belongs to an influential Jordanian family, which contributes to politicising this affair.
The broadcasting by the Qatari channel Al-Jazira of a programme deemed offensive to the late King Hussein of Jordan angered the authorities in Amman . The following day, Al-Jazira’s offices in Jordan were shut and the press accreditations of its journalists withdrawn. The Jordanian government also recalled its ambassador in Doha, accusing Al-Jazira of ’fomenting sedition in the kingdom’ and ’slandering’ the royal family. (source)


OK, they may imprison journalists, but at least they know how to spruik Islam as having values:    
Qatar museum aims to show Islam's true values.
The new Museum of Islamic Arts in the Qatari capital aims to show that Islam is a religion of "tolerance" and not "terrorism",  guests were told at the opening ceremony.
Built on an artificial island, the museum houses 800 artistic and historical treasures from three continents, illustrating Islamic culture from the 7th to the 19th centuries.
"We want to show that Islam is a peaceful civilisation, which has always called for tolerance and coexistence amongst different peoples," Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, daughter of the emir of Qatar, told journalists.
Islam is "a religion of tolerance, knowledge and civilisation and not of terrorism," she said.
The gas-rich Gulf state wants to "highlight the values of the Muslim civilisation and the role of that civilisation in bringing together cultures and human values," said Sheikha Al-Mayassa, president of the Qatar museum authority.
Among the guests at the inauguration were Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Gulf leaders, as well as Arab and foreign celebrities such as Robert De Niro.
Qatar has few archaeological sites, but sees the new museum as the first of a series of museums it plans to build. (source)
What better way to show that Islam is a religion of tolerance than to highlight the acceptance of pre-Islamic cultures
in Qatar – if you can find any trace of them! Otherwise, the museum is pure fantasy.

Still, you can’t accuse Qataris of not trying to fool the infidel that Islam is a religion of knowledge and civilisation,
as Doha also boasts a CENTRE OF DISTINCTION.

Firas Majali
Relatives of Firas al-Majali, 30, a Jordanian reporter sentenced to death in Qatar, hold up his portrait during a rally attended by scores of Jordanians October 27, 2002 in Amman, Jordan. Majali was convicted by a Qatari court of spying and passing military and other information about Qatar to Jordan. Protesters urged Qatar to release Majali due to the rising tension between the two Arab states.

Qatar’s dynamic economy and vibrant business climate is attributed to its strength in oil and gas production and the burgeoning finance, technology, communications, sports, healthcare and construction sectors.
Development of Doha’s Education City is part of this vision to position Qatar as a centre of excellence in higher education, research and science and become an important contributor to world knowledge and leadership.
Education City is a unique cluster designed to host more than 30 world-class institutions including;
Weill Cornell Medical College
Qatar Science & Technology Park
Sidra Medical and Research Centre
M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Centre
Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC)

John Folks, of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), said to learn Microsoft
were headquartering their Middle East operation at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) meant that it
would open key opportunities to do business together there.
EADS, ExxonMobil, GE, Microsoft, Shell and Total are among companies who have already committed to
invest USD300 million in R&D activities at QSTP.
Linda Still, from the American Association for Cancer Research, stated that they were very interested in the
advanced level of biomedical research to be undertaken at the new ‘all-digital’ Sidra Medical and Research
Centre, in particular the proposed M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre to be located at Education City.  (source)
Vietnamese Guest workers
Citizens of Qatar make up a minority of the population of the country. Most residents are temporary foreign workers. Doha also serves as a transit point for temporary workers en route to and from other Gulf States, several of whom also count foreigners as the majority of their populations. In most cases, foreigners cannot become citizens. This prohibition also applies to the children born in Gulf States to foreign nationals.

In the BBC’s “Trying to lift the veil on Qatar” Katya Adler tried to find out more about the country:

Qatar hosted the annual Arab Summit, dubbed the reconciliation summit after months of serious rifts in the Arab World. The tiny country had put the noses of some of the big players out of joint by trying to adopt the role of regional mediator, traditionally played by heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

This was my first visit to Qatar and I admit I failed in one of my main missions, to get under the skin of the country…The airport ground staff were Pakistani, the hotel receptionist, Sri Lankan, the barista who made my cappuccino on the way to the Arab Summit, Nepali.
Statistically, foreigners in Qatar outnumber Qataris by four to one.
“They get us to do all their hard work for them,” a Palestinian called Mazan Barakat told me. “Asians do the menial jobs…other Arabs, Americans and Europeans work in the gas and oil industry.”
Mazan has worked in the gas business in Doha for 20 years.
Had he ever been invited in to a Qatari home?
“Never. In two decades here I have never met the wives or children of my Qatari colleagues. Foreigners don’t, can’t rent properties in Qatari compounds. However long I live here, I can’t get Qatari citizenship.”
Qatar is very much a veiled society, physically and socially.
Qatari women dress head to toe in black. Most cover their faces, some even their eyes and hands.
Public signs of Qatari life are limited to seemingly endless shopping malls and wide-laned dusty roads, lined with skyscrapers and packed with shiny tank-like cars.
Naima and her husband Jamil are Lebanese and have lived in Doha for 16 years.
They laughed at my determined efforts to get to know Qatar.
“Not even Qataris really know what’s happening here. They’re not allowed to. Unless they’re a member of the ruling family. Just look at the press here…There are state hangings, more and more drug abuse, growing extremism preached in the mosques. But in public the emirate has to appear perfect.”
The Qatar-based news channel al-Jazeera boasts it tells things like they are.
But not when it comes to Qatar. It is so close to the emir who rules the country that al-Jazeera staff were employed by the Qatari Foreign Ministry to look after the press centre at this Arab Summit.
Saud bin Ahmad Il Thani, a member of the ruling family, said
“Qataris are the realists of the Arab world…We accept everybody. We’ve worked with Israel in the past. Unlike a number of other Arab states we don’t fear Iran, we understand it. It’s our neighbour. Ours is a transparent society. We’re straightforward. Straight-talking.”
The straight talking did not last long at the Arab Summit. The meeting closed suddenly after only a day.
The official reason - everyone agreed with everything. The real reason, a Qatari official told me off the record, was that the longer the Arab states stayed in one room, the more they would bicker.
My last-ditch attempt to get under Qatar’s surface was to book a Doha City tour.
The guide was Indian. I told him I was keen to understand Qatari culture. He suggested we go to the equestrian centre, Olympic sports complex, the main golf club, the biggest mall in the world oh, and the best bit, the Waqif market. Two hundred years old but knocked down and recently rebuilt. Here you can buy so-called Qatari antiques from South Asian shopkeepers. (source)
But there are signs of progress, with news that a Church has opened in Qatar:

In the paved open area surrounding Our Lady of the Rosary, Qatar’s first Catholic church, Arabic, English and Tagalog are all regularly spoken. Arabs, Filipinos, Indians and Europeans converge on the church, one of several in a growing compound on the outskirts of Qatar’s capital city. Since it opened a year ago, the church has seen congregations double in size.
“It’s nice to practise your own religion in a foreign land,” said Michael Ajero, a 34-year-old Filipino bank employee who attends the church.
“It’s a matter of pride and it means we can share with our Islamic brothers the practices and what we do as Catholics.”
Priest Father Tomasito Veneracion said there had been objections to the opening of the church and the development of the larger Christian compound.“They’re a young nation with a very rich and strong history of Islam and in the past years they’ve been trying to find their identity…At the same time, they’re opening up to the world and making Qatar known the world over, which they’ve achieved in a short time, and part of that is creating goodwill.”
The opening of Qatar’s first Catholic church came four years after the country unveiled its inaugural constitution, which prohibits religious discrimination.
Members of branches of Christianity other than Catholicism have also found places to worship, with Abdullah bin Hamad, Qatar’s deputy prime minister, having last month opened an interdenominational church nearby.
Ibrahim Oweiss, a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar, said the opening of the churches was part of an “enlightened” series of reforms in the country.
“They are taking unconventional steps in changing this society by also introducing western universities,” he said. “By giving licences to build churches, they are showing tolerance and respect for other religions.”...
Jihadwatch comments “what would happen if a Qatari national converted from Islam and tried to join this church? The answer seems clear, since in accord with traditional laws governing the conduct of non-Muslims in Muslim societies -- the dhimmi laws -- the church "does not have a cross on display outside." and "there are police stationed in vehicles nearby to ensure the safety of worshippers."
"Qatari church doubles congregation," by Daniel Bardsley for The National, April 13 (source)
 Qatar currency
Yes, it’s good that there are now places for expat Christians to worship, but it ise naive to believe that Qatar has any concept of mutuality. Fitzgerald writes how the Gulf States take advantage of our generosity:
Qatar uses the American presence as its insurance. Why should not the Al-Thanis try to manipulate the Americans into protecting them, and at the same time get those endlessly naive Americans to actually be grateful for the chance? It's the same with American bases in Kuwait and Bahrain; they are allowed there only because the local rulers want a guarantee of American protection. Why do the Americans seem unable to ask for payment from the likes of Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and above all, Saudi Arabia, when the Al Saud depend entirely on American protection, on American trainers, on American and other Western medical care and higher education? …Saudi Arabia now has $444 billion in reserves. Some of that money ought to be forked over in partial payment for the Iraq venture, and some to pay for the American military presence in the Gulf. For without that presence all hell would break loose…Yet it is the American taxpayers who are paying for the inability of our own government to recognize its duty, and its ability, to exact large sums of money from the ruling families of the Gulf, who have managed to buffalo too many into thinking it is they who are doing us a favor. (source)
I have presented the facts.
I invite readers to draw their own conclusions.

Is Qatar a desirable place to visit, with quaint local customs coexisting alongside modernity and progress, where freedom and human rights are protected?

Or is it yet another tyrannical Islamic hellhole?
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