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Scale in Qatar: Doha stopover

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We finally left Barcelona with destination Indonesia and stopover in Doha forty minutes late because of some problem X. The more than six hours of flight up Qatar They were quite heavy because there was only one central television with bad programming, but at least the food made up for it. And we are baited: appetizer, food and snack.

Six hours and twenty minutes later, we landed at the Doha airport, capital of Qatar. When we got off the plane, we met another world: men with kandora white and women with the abaya black Although not all, since 75% of the population of Qatar are immigrants.

After passing the immigration paperwork, we left the airport and there Benny was waiting for us, a Nepalese boy who has lived there for five years and who guided us in a brief excursion around Doha that we hire with Qatar Airways. The first thing Benny told us, especially when he saw me take out the camera, is that we be very careful when taking pictures of people and that we first ask permission first.

We got in the car and, while Benny was explaining data from Qatar, we saw a modern, impersonal city, full of skyscrapers and two-story buildings without any charm. The orice antelope, the animal that represents the country, you find everywhere: in statues, advertisements and various logos. Formerly, Qatar lived on pearls, but the strong competition of Japan He ended up undermining the business. Later, the discovery of oil and gas made Qatar one of the countries in the world with the largest reserves of these two fuels. One of the curiosities that Benny explained to us is that since only 25% of the population is native, the government gives them a lot of help. For example, it grants free land for the construction of a house upon marriage, offers sanitation and all supplies of water, electricity, gas, etc. free and increases the salary of the father for each child you have. The current average is 6.

We made the first visit in the souk, which would be the oldest part of the city, although I would say that it was barely five years old. The souk is divided into zones, that of fabrics, that of pets, spices, furniture, the area of ​​bars and restaurants fashion... although what struck me most was the fact that there were no people screaming or beating you to buy like in Cairo, and Benny explained that it is forbidden. Therefore, at most only a couple of sellers timidly offered us to go in and look.

One of the areas of the souk that we liked the most was the hawks. In a wing of the souk there were several stores where they sold these animals and everything related to falconry. An untrained hawk (find your life) starts at 1,000 euros. In one of the stores, a salesman invited me to come in and take pictures, but Benny was very nervous at all times. Maybe because I was taking pictures all the time and I was afraid that I would get into a mess, but the opposite happened. Even on one occasion, a Qatari man, when he saw me with the camera, asked me to take a picture and landed and everything.

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