It is just some snow, not rocks!

December 19, 2010 at 10:41 am (Uncategorized)

When it was announced that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup many countries, such as the United Kingdom thought that it was an outrageous decision. Being a young and small developing country, many British have questioned Qatar’s ability to host such massive event under  extreme hot weather and its ability to facilitate transportation for thousands of people. I understand where they are coming from, but it is too soon to judge. We still have 12 years to catch up with great powers such as UK.

What I don’t understand is that after the long rich history of United Kingdom and their great civilization and the modernity and innovative technology they have, they still can’t function under some snow! It is not like it’s snowing for the first time, it has been snowing here for thousands of years so shouldn’t you be used to it by now? Are you freaking kidding me London! It is few centimetres and you close your airports for days causing severe delays and inconvenience for thousands of people! Heathrow is the busiest airport in the world you think you want to be prepared for some snow. If I was British I would ask where all the tax money goes? Russia can function better under meters of snow not few CENTIMETERS! Don’t question our ability to host an event in hot weather  if you still can’t fly a plane under some snow.


  1. Haya said,

    Well said Miriam.. I totally agree.. If the taxes are not funding these kind of basic facilities I question the justification of paying it to the government! Maybe they should depend on private sectors instead. However, until they solve this ridiculous dilemma, they are not in a positive to comment on Qatar.

  2. Kirsty Rice (shamozal) said,

    Fantastic! Well said. I’m sharing this one with everyone. Happy Holidays Miriam.


  3. brira said,

    I saw this today and it reminded me of you! 🙂

  4. Mariam said,

    Mariam!! I love your blog. It is so much fun to read 🙂 Keep it up !! You actually inspired me to start my own blog 😉

  5. Hamedu said,

    Me too!

  6. Aisha said,

    Mariam, would you please put a link to Prince William’s interview/comment? I searched all over the internet and the only video I found did not contain such words. All he’s said was “congratulations to Russia; they won!” not ‘and the other one’.

    • mimizwords said,

      it was an inside joke between Qataris running through BBM I don’t know if it’s true but those who know the joke will understand

  7. UmmON said,

    mariam… this was a fantastic one. heehee 🙂 i am chuckling at work, over this.

  8. Touché said,

    This is the best come back I’ve heard in really long time, well said 🙂

  9. midly amused said,

    yeah it’s a shame the British can’t get their transport system working in the snow. if they were Qataris, they’d just enslave a bunch of migrant laborers from south asia to sort it out for them.

    OH SNAP.

    • N California said,

      It’s not “who does” it. It’s “did you do it?” No! Ok.
      Btw, last time I checked this is the 21st century and nobody “ensalves” anyone anymore. People get “paid” to do their “jobs”

      • gulagarchipelago said,

        It is indeed the 21st century. But although downtown Doha has glittering towers of glass and steel which look very modern, the social organization of Qatar is still “pre-modern.” This means that Qataris think nothing of employing migrant laborers in conditions which are indeed similar to slavery.

        If you don’t believe me, take a trip out to the labor camps. Ask the laborers how much they get paid. Ask them when was the last time they were permitted an exit visa to leave the country and visit their families at home. Ask them who has possession of their passport. Ask them whether they are assured of legal protection and guaranteed their rights under labor law. Ask them if they are allowed to gather together in public spaces in Doha without being harassed by the police. Ask them if they are allowed entry to the malls and parks on the weekend. Ask them if they live in clean, safe, hygienic and human conditions. Ask them if they are treated by Qataris like human beings.

        Who do you think built your towers of glass and steel?

        You may want to take a look at a recent US state department report on human rights in Qatar ( I have copied the relevant part below:

        “Trafficking in Persons

        There is no specific antitrafficking law. Provisions of the Sponsorship Law create conditions that could lead to forced labor activities and slave-like conditions. Although the law criminalizes many related practices, including slavery, forced labor and forced prostitution prosecutions did not occur.

        In 2007 the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on Trafficking in Persons noted that the country is a destination and, in some instances, transit point for trafficking of migrant workers, mainly for forced labor as low-skilled workers or domestic servants, including on camel farms and for sexual exploitation. The UNSR criticized the sponsorship system as an unjust arrangement that increases the vulnerability of foreign migrant workers by rendering them dependent on their sponsors, thus fostering demand for trafficking. The UNSR also raised concern that the labor law excludes foreign domestic workers from protection and in practice places them in a situation whereby their working conditions are regulated as private matters. Contracts between domestic employees and their employers were recognized and enforced by the courts.

        Men and women from Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East travel willingly to the country as laborers and domestic servants but often subsequently face conditions of forced labor and physical and sexual exploitation.

        Some women and girls who traveled to the country voluntarily to work were forced into prostitution by their economic circumstances. Most often, victims were not prosecuted for prostitution; the government issued a deportation order and sent the women to the DDC. Women and girls also traveled to the country to work as domestic servants, where they were vulnerable to domestic servitude and physical and sexual exploitation and unprotected by labor legislation. The Indian Embassy reported that 236 maids had been forced into these conditions in 2007.

        Legislation guiding the sponsorship of foreign laborers created conditions constituting forced labor or slavery. Under the law foreign laborers were not allowed to leave the country without a signed exit permit or change employment without a written release from their sponsor. The dependence of foreign laborers on their employer for residency rights and the inability to change employment or to travel without the sponsor’s permission left them vulnerable to abuse, arrest, and deportation. Some sponsors intimidated and coerced foreign employees to work for longer periods, reduced or withheld pay, and commonly withheld passports and failed to obtain or renew residence permits.

        Authorities arrested workers without valid residence permits and detained them at the DDC. There were between 800 and 1,000 detainees awaiting deportation at the DDC at all times. During the year the Ministry of State for Interior Affairs created a committee to reduce the delays in deportation. The facility currently holds both detainees waiting to be deported for criminal offenses and those awaiting repatriation at the termination of their employment contracts. The committee is planning a new facility that will house them separately.

        Principal traffickers included individual employers, contractors, and employment recruitment agencies. Most victims travel legally into the country by means of recruiting agencies in their home countries, but then subsequently face conditions of forced labor and trafficking after they reach the country. Some workers are recruited for jobs in the country but then abandoned by their recruiters upon arrival in the country or by employers after the work is completed, making them even more vulnerable to trafficking.

        Violators of the law banning child camel jockeys may receive six months’ imprisonment or a fine of 3,000 riyals (approximately $825). In cases involving the employment of minors, the punishment is three years’ imprisonment or a fine of approximately 10,000 riyals ($2,748). There were no reported cases, and there have been no prosecutions under this law.

        Traffickers can be prosecuted under slavery or forced labor articles of the Criminal Law of 2004, which bans forced or coerced labor with penalties of up to seven years and a fine of no more than 10,000 riyals ($2,748). The criminal law also addresses crimes that violate human liberty and sanctity (kidnapping) with penalties of imprisonment up to 10 years.

        The law specifically criminalizes the handling of money related to trafficking of women and children.

        No antitrafficking or related cases against employers or labor recruitment agencies were prosecuted during the year, and there was no indication that the government assisted with international investigations or extradited citizens who were accused of trafficking in other countries.

        While there is no evidence of institutional involvement by government bodies or officials, some may own or operate companies that subject their employees to forced labor conditions.

        The country’s antitrafficking prevention efforts continued during the year. A government committee conducted visits to camel racing tracks, the police services continued to incorporate antitrafficking training into the basic training curriculum for police officers, and a media campaign highlighted sponsors’ responsibilities and resources available to victims. In March the National Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (NOCTP) co-sponsored an international conference that highlighted the migrant worker problem in the country and the broader Gulf Cooperation Council countries. During the year the NOCTP increased technical expertise in areas such as on-time payment of wages, forced labor, and involuntary servitude.

        In November the Qatar Foundation sponsored a Doha Debate on the plight of migrant workers in the Gulf.

        In 2005 the government established a human rights department in the MOI to receive and process victims of human rights abuses and trafficking in persons. In March the director of this department stated publicly that human trafficking does not constitute a problem in the country.

        In 2005 the government opened a shelter for trafficking victims to serve the needs of abused domestic workers, other laborers and children. The shelter was managed by the National Trafficking in Persons Coordinator, and referral by police or other government agencies for access was no longer required. According to government policy, any person facing criminal or immigration violations, i.e. absconding, cannot be considered a victim by the shelter and will not receive assistance. This policy continued to severely limit the effectiveness of the shelter during the year.”

  10. N California said,

    Ok then I will. I actually heard something similar from a person I used to work with. I felt bad but then I thought to myself everybody complains about their job and their lifestyle even we do so what do expect from people with lower or no degrees and lower status jobs. But you know what I actually will look into this and will try to do anything , within my powers, about it. Maybe I can with some help make a difference for some of them at least and that’s what really matters.

  11. noora said,

    dear mimi,
    remember when you point a finger, three fingers point right back at you. i am not in any way saying what you pointed out in the post is wrong, because the information in it doesn’t matter to me. however, the way you approached the topic is very inappropriate. covering up one’s defects with naming another’s imperfections is just as ignorant as replying to an accuser with “i committed a wrong doing, but you also do something wrong” when it’s totally irrelevant. what i’m also saying is both aspects you stated have no relevance to each other in no way whatsoever. they can’t be compared to each other because there is no right way, or a way for that matter, to measure whether or not the defects of both countries you mentioned have actual set of criteria to be measured by; criteria to measure how serious the defect is, that is. and when you do find a way, inform me of that 😉
    sincerely, a qatari loca gettin slizzard

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