I have noticed that many people on my BBM have ‘Say no to 2022’ as their display picture while many others have ‘2022’ with a little heart on the side. People are either strongly with or against it.
When I asked why do you support 2022? people said that it will change Qatar forever, bring more investments and develop the economy. It will put Qatar on the map side by side with greatest countries in the world. It will also force a change in Qataris’ traditional mindset towards more openness which is necessary for development.
Those who disagreed on the other hand argued that the 22 billion budget will be spent on foreigners while it could be better spent on local development and help improve the condition of poor Qataris. 2022 could infringe citizen’s rights rather than improve life quality. It has no benefits whatsoever for Qataris and will only lead to more loss of identity.
I personally have touched on this topic on a previous post.
I still think that there are far more important priorities such as improving health system, school system and environment. What are we going to do with all these empty stadiums after the Mondial is over? accomodate more and more foreigners? or bring more foreign footballers and pay them more and more money?
It is funny how there are so many people living in Qatar for more than 30 years and do not have the chance of acquiring citizenship while those foreign footballers who are not Muslim, and do not speak Arabic, and probably don’t even know where Qatar is get citizenship in a heartbeat. So many Qataris do not have health coverage and have to wait in line for a bed at Hamad’s hospital while foreigners have full medical coverage. So many Qataris cannot afford proper air-conditioning and depend on charity while those foreigners live in 5 star towers. My heart is aching for my country, more and more foreigners are going to come with 2022. Why live in Qatar then? we might as well live abroad.
ok forget about Qataris. What about all the poor minorities and cheap labour? why not have better human right laws to protect them from abuse? that won’t cost anything. Why not give their children scholarships? would that cost 22 billion?
2022 might be a wrong decision. But still, changes cannot only be the government’s burden. If Qataris do not push for the change they want themselves, there won’t be any chance for real development. We do have the tools to spread awareness or create community centers without the help of the government. To start real change we should start with ourselves and help those around us. Then the culture will change from dependence to independence. Maybe then we will have someone who might actually listen and acknowledge our ideas.
What do you think? are you with or against and why?