I recently visited Qatar for the first time, the Arabian country set to host the 2022 World Cup.
Amazed and impressed by what I experienced, I wanted to learn more. So, I enlisted the knowledge and perspective of my new friend, Jennifer, in this podcast, an American who’s lived in Qatar with her family for more than twelve years.
I had so many questions. For instance, what is life like for an American family in a traditional Islamic country?
How is it possible that Qatar is so safe that you don’t need to lock your doors at night and can keep your car running with your purse or wallet inside it while you run into a store?
What makes an economy boom when 86% of its inhabitants are foreign workers?
Why do most Ivy League schools from the US and England set up satellite campuses and study abroad programs in Qatar?
Or did you know that Qatar Airways is often voted the world’s best airline, and Hamad International Airport also voted number one?
How could Qatar’s society be so modern and progressive yet be governed by the world’s longest-ruling royal family?
Can a desert nation with no natural rivers or lakes have some of the most scenic marinas, beaches, and man-made islands you’ve ever seen?
And why is such a huge deal that Qatar is the first Arab country to host the World Cup – and what’s all the backlash about?
Add it all up and hot damn, Qatar is cool!
I’m sure you’ll gain a lot of insight from Jennifer in this podcast. And just as I discovered when traveling to one of the world’s most dynamic and unique nations, our talk will probably dispel more than a few myths and preconceptions you may have about life in an Arabian country.
Enjoy this episode #25 of the Who in the World podcast and let’s root for Qatar in this World Cup!
PS Thanks again for listening to my humble podcast and your continued support!