Wow amazing morning here in Doha: some people from different countries laughing together and then the metro got me from A to B and now there’s some football which is getting more exciting cos it’s the final round of group games. Never expected any of this. 😮😮😮
The alcohol free element has allowed and welcomed families to attend (particularly Muslim families) that might not have done, and that’s a good thing. Adds a different flavor. But let’s not make over the top comparisons that didn’t exist. We all remember the fun Saudis in Moscow
Every World Cup? It’s been lovely to see fans communing like this here. But please remind me when we saw mass outbreaks of violence in Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Germany or Korea/Japan? It’s been fine and fun without beer, but the others didn’t have mass boozy trouble. twitter.com/albifcb7/statu…
Ghutras, head scarfs worn by men across the Arabian Peninsula, are being worn in team colors by World Cup fans in Qatar. Despite some concerns over appropriation, many locals say they like seeing fans embrace the traditional garment.
This is one of the new streets behind Mshreb station in Doha. A couple of years ago it housed laborers, but the buildings were torn down to produce a revamped street. Not quite ready. Folks who were there moved few mins away and some of those buildings being emptied too.
Who said the people were bad? When was this up for debate? The myriad issues never boiled down to simplistic good people/ bad people debate. People are people. Nice of this guy to underline that I suppose. But the issues remain and the people remain nice. twitter.com/dohanews/statu…
There is Disney-land element to this World Cup, one that has just opened in a new market. So much of this is newly built and an approximation of FIFA World Cup Experience (TM). Like a Disney street, these speakers are permanently on near our apartment.
This dude is everywhere with the exception of where the media is. His face is attached to all and sundry here, yet his voice is barely heard. It’s almost as if he doesn’t want to speak about the place he’s paid huge amounts to. twitter.com/qatarcreates/s…
The parallel Keralan, Bangladeshi #ARG following has been marvelous. Thousands of extra supporters among migrant communities in Doha and perhaps millions more back in India and Bangladesh. The scene in the souk right now.
While Poland march on (barely deservedly), they do so because Mexico and Saudi Arabia have been slightly worse. The tournament, though, is worse off in a way. Saudi and Mexican fans have been among the largest and most voluble at the tournament. They will be missed.