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‘Single’ men attempt to enjoy Qatar National Day from the sidelines

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With reporting from and photos by Navin Sam

Ahmed Koya, an Indian expat working in Qatar, woke up extra early on his day off this morning and headed to the Corniche, hopeful to catch a glimpse of the annual National Day parade.

But he, like thousands of other men who turned up to the waterfront without women or children, was turned away by the police.

“I come here every year as early as possible,” Koya told Doha News this morning. “Today I came at 5am, with the hope that they’ll let me through – but then they sent me back.”

In recent years, Qatar has been supporting its rapid development by hiring hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, mostly from impoverished countries.

Many of these men are married and have children, but live away from their families while working here.

Qatar National Day 2013
Qatar National Day 2013

The influx of these workers has skewed the nation’s demographics, so that the male to female ratio is now 3:1.

Likely to make women feel more comfortable, police have been turning “single” men away from the parade in droves during at least the last two National Days.

Instead, authorities have been urging expats to check out special National Day events during the same time as the Corniche parade at other venues, including West End Park and sports clubs in Al Wakrah, Al Khor and Al Rayyan.

While these activities are appreciated and enjoyed by thousands of people, many residents have said it hurts to not be allowed to attend what most people consider the highlight of National Day.

Speaking to Doha News today on the outskirts of the parade, Indian expat Mohamed Shahid said, “They could at least organize a separate area for the bachelors.”

And in a comment on Doha News, Max shared his experience about being prevented from watching the parade this morning:

“I understand the need for crowd control but I am a 46 year old Professor from the UK working at Qatar University, I know we would accommodate people in the UK at parades with a lot more respect. This is an easy problem to fix just make the parade slightly longer and make use of all the road space also if single males are a problem segregate the crowd.

It’s a bit sad when so many people turn up to watch the event and show their allegiance to to their new country. Was looking forward to the parade but next year please make it clear on public posters that the event is for families only.”

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Reem
Reem
6 years ago

Qatar has always been, and always will be a conservative country. Obviously these public events will be made as comfortable as possible for females and families. The parade has only been going on for 3 or 4 years so obviously it still needs a lot of improvement. The participants in The parade aren’t a lot, so making it longer will be even more exhausting for them than it already is. It’s so disappointing to see that this news outlet always highlights the negative aspects of every event in Doha… It’s a small town with a lot of people, accomdating everyone is a really difficult job.

RS99
RS99
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Agreed up to a point, but it’s sad to see these guys being excluded from some of the only entertainment available to them. Qatar would gain a lot from providing an area for bachelors, even if it is right at the extremities of the event. There’s plenty of money around, something should be possible.

DN is right to highlight such things, the world is watching and having a subservient media won’t help anyone.

Reem
Reem
6 years ago
Reply to  RS99

It is extremely sad, but everyone needs to give Qatar a chance. We’re still a devoloping country and we need to develop internally to accomadate everyone else. It would be nice for DN to highlight some positvety, it won’t hurt anyone.

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

I think you need to look at the definition of a “developing” country. It has to do with equality and democracy and freedom of expression and opportunity – not just how many malls and office blocks you can build and prestige events you can stage with your excess money..Qatar is a long way from being a developing country.

Reem
Reem
6 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

And I think you need to understand that Qataris are happy with the way things are heading, we like our small community and our conservative culture. It’s peaceful and rich in culture. The state has provided millions of opportunities for Qatari nationals, so it is important for us to work from the inside out, and that’s what is happening right now. We need to focus on empowering the Qataris first to then engage internationally and globally. Also, there is no permanent definition that democracy equals a developing country.

Hoping for the Best
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Qatar is a great developing country and I understand the importance of tradition in a country rich with great cultural values. But asserting that Qatar is a very conservative country to support your argument is not a justification for this separation. If we are regarding the conservative nature of Qatar then I must highlight the fact that if you go for a late night drive around Doha city during the weekend, then you will witness a lot of rather brash behavior by individuals who belong to a comparatively higher social status. Now if the officials can turn a blind eye towards such behavior from champagne socialists then I’m pretty sure they can do something to accommodate “single men” who turn up to enjoy an important national event.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

I think that nobody should emarginated those who are humble and just don’t like nice to have around in the picture!!! You need also to learn EMPATHY!

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Qataris are happy.. I agree…but can I ask u who built the infrastructures here
..can the qataris do the same hard work in hot sun

RS99
RS99
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Fair enough. Hopefully things will unfold that way up to 2022. Enjoy the fireworks!

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

I think some people selectively look at our website. The story we published a few hours before this one was all about how smoothly the parade went, with beautiful photos of the morning.

It seemed only fair to also show that thousands of people were excluded from the event, and disappointed about it.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

it says a lot about your viewers that they “selectively” look and only comment on stories that reinforce what they already think

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

Yes it’s called reinforcement theory and has been studied extensively. A good example of how people interpret holy books, picking out those bits that back their view, (mine is the religion of peace) and ignoring those bits that promote murder or violence.

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

being positive and not being hypocrite are 2 different things….

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Making it longer would exhaust them? They walk a few hundred meters. Are they that out of shape that a few hundred meters more would kill them? One of the more famous parades in the US is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, and the participants walk several kilometers. I’m not buying the fact that they can’t make the parade a little longer so that “bachelors” (of whom many have families, so not really bachelors, it’s just a term used so people feel better about being racist) can watch it.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

go eat a chilidog

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

That’s what I call chatting for the sake of chatting. Your comment has no basis at all. It’s a pure insult. By the way, did they turn away Qatari male singles?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

No they didn’t turn away Qatari male singles and i went and enjoyed the fireworks eating a chili dog and i’m so glad you felt my actual response was an insult, Sensitive and pathetic 😀

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

I don’t think the parade is the issue…the real issue is to understand that just because a person is single or married but far from his family … he does not automatically become a rapist…a nuisance to society … a walking sexual harassment accident waiting to happen. We are willing to live…work and enjoy the best that are built by the very people many in Qatar because of ignorance and nothing else seem to sideline from society. Is that not hypocrisy ?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Reem

Always will be? That’s quite a statement. How far into the future can you see?

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago

It’s called ‘racism’ and ‘discrimination’. Qatar is practicing these two in all aspects of social life. It’s a shame. But, guess what? They don’t care what expatriates or the world may think about them. Why should they?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

Since when is prohibiting single men from coming into a family event a race issue?

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

You know exactly what I mean. The prohibition of attending the event is also based on skin color. Check it out. You are only saying words for the sake of chatting. Keep on chatting, but it won’t take the shame from this culture.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

I am only saying words for the sake of chatting?
I’m sorry i don’t know what you mean,
This has nothing to do with skin color,
Take things as they are not what you perceive them to be.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago

what skin colour is the one they dont allow? i would love to know because i come from a family with every skin colour u can think of

Althani
Althani
6 years ago

haha yes, i don’t get this guy either

Blue
Blue
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

If you didn’t wear your thob and tried to get in dressed like them, as a bachelor, most probably you wouldn’t have been allowed to get in either – Need to try this social experiment.

Actually some of the smarter bachelors wear a thob and get through.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Blue

Yeah i think you’re right blue panther.

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

When did a nation’s National Day become an ‘ONLY’ family event ?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Parwaiz Win

The fireworks event in the morning is mostly for families,
The car night time one is for all, I think.

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Sorry my friend … that just makes no sense. I will defend Qatar if she is unfairly criticised but this is one case I just cannot defend nor understand. If your understanding is true … I cannot see how one rationalizes it. Fireworks and cars….fireworks = family and cars = singles and all. If cars are for all … why not fireworks ? The dots just do not connect.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Parwaiz Win

I think it’s more about them not wanting families to be over crowded with single men,
It’s their logic not mine.. All i’m saying is this has no correlation with race or skin.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Ur a pure example of being racist

kubaru
kubaru
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

My husband, white European, has been let on numerous occasions into the malls (on Fridays), on Cornishe (on National Day) without his family. On the same occasion he witnessed men of color being turned away.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  kubaru

Good for him

Cutie
Cutie
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Let me ask you, if you prohibit a single man from coming into an occasion, it’s either he is from a lower income bracket or from a less developed country or maybe he’s black…..

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Cutie

Or that it’s a family only event?

KK
KK
6 years ago

racism is embedded in this society.

KJD
KJD
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

Racism is embedded in every society and you are only fooling yourself if you think it isn’t.

kdineshl
kdineshl
6 years ago
Reply to  KJD

absolutely right…

Kingpin
Kingpin
6 years ago
Reply to  KJD

Which is why most societies legislate and ensure legal enforcement against it

KJD
KJD
6 years ago
Reply to  Kingpin

Passing laws against it doesn’t eliminate its presence. It simply becomes less overt, but it still exists.

Kingpin
Kingpin
6 years ago
Reply to  KJD

Of course passing laws doesnt eliminate it, but it means you can be prosecuted if you persist in that kind of behaviour

Cutie
Cutie
6 years ago
Reply to  KJD

Qatar is worse, that’s Why they can’t grow up……

KingOfKings
6 years ago
Reply to  KJD

People like yourself are neither cold nor hot. “Lukewarm”; if someone treats your sister, mother or kid like a toilet and I would love to hear your “kind” say that it happens everywhere.

Racism does NOT happen everywhere. If it does happen somewhere , it is usually condemned by nobels and those of authority especilly when they happen to brag that their religion is all about repespect, love and peace.

Wanderer
Wanderer
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

It’s true there sadly is racism all around the world, but the difference in Qatar is that, like Apartheid South Africa, the racism is legislated. Rather than rewarding Qatar with sports tournaments there should be an international sports boycott until it is reversed.

BBCA
BBCA
6 years ago

There may very be an element of racism but believe it or not there is an even bigger cultural issue that they are trying to deal with.

Think about it man. Culturally men and women are often time segregated.

A lot of these workers have been away from home and their women for months and years at a time. Their minds wonder and they have urges just like every one else. So when they join a crowd with women it can become quite an uncomfortable situation for the women. These men stare and gawk at the sight and smell of women even if they have the full covering. I think that’s a cultural issue, not completely a racist issue. If men and women mingled and socialized freely on a regular basis then it may be less of a problem and need to separate these bachelors during the events. But this is their culture and not an issue for us to change. We are visitors and must understand and live with that. Not our issue to change. Just accept it and enjoy your pay check. LOL!

Chantal
Chantal
6 years ago
Reply to  BBCA

I’m sorry. As a woman, I have no issue with these men, who are also humans just like you and I, to watch the parades. Any man of any ethnicity, married, unmarried, working in a bank, or working in construction, at any level of expertise can “stare and gawk at the sight and smell of women”. This is exactly what irritated me there, the mere fact that people assume these men would be there just to stare at women, when I personally, and many of my female friends too, experienced far worse and demeaning actions from men from all parts of the world, including the Gulf and Middle East. More than I ever encountered with these ‘single men’ who would not be allowed to watch the parade.

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  Chantal

My wife has been cat-called more in Qatar by locals than she ever has been back in our “heathen” western home country. I’m not accepting that reason to exclude. It’s racism, pure and simple.

Chantal
Chantal
6 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

I quite believe that, and of course, I wouldn’t discriminate against them as a nationality for such reasons. It can happen, and does occur, from men of any background, from all corners of the globe. Myself, and friends included, have experienced the cat-calling, men “brushing” past and touching, I once had a business card thrown at me from a passing Land Cruiser. Felt so disgusting. These are just a few examples. And yes, you are right, it is absolute racism.

KK
KK
6 years ago
Reply to  Chantal

Next time it happens; pick up the ‘business card’, write down his number number and use it next you are being harassed by these Land Cruiser guys.

Chantal
Chantal
6 years ago
Reply to  KK

Well a friend passed the number to a Qatari friend of theirs who was utterly disgusted too, and gave them a not-so-pleasant phone call and set them straight. Again, these incidents don’t make me generalise against one race, or nation etc, it can and does happen everywhere..

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

Funny; I have many Western woman friends, and I’ve never heard them complain about being harassed in such a manner by locals!

Just because the men who cat-called your wife looked like locals doesn’t mean they were. Seems to me you just don’t like “locals”!

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  Abdulrahman

The last instance was with a group of young men in white thobes and gutras arranged with the “cobra” fold. She was walking in a parking lot and they tailed her in a white LC with a four digit Qatar license plate, calling at her incessantly. What nationality do you think they were?

I’ve traveled to many places in this world and in every country I’ve been I’ve met locals that are warm, welcoming, offer advice for how to enjoy their country, culture, and cuisine, and wish me a good time in their country. The exception to that for me has been GCC countries not named Oman. We were recently ordered to leave a QND event because my pants, even though they covered the knees, didn’t go all the way to my shoes. I make a point to smile and offer “salam” to people in public and quite often have a nose turned up at me by those dressed as GCC Arabs, very rarely even being acknowledged. So despite attempts to learn the local language, culture, and act in a friendly manner to locals (which has been warmly reciprocated by people to me on every continent on Earth, so I don’t believe I’m the problem in this exchange), I’m consistently met with exclusion, rudeness (in person and on the roads), and with a general disdain presumably because I’m not a fellow local. How am I supposed to view locals in Qatar? Are my sunglasses and watch not impressive enough? Do I not carry enough iPhones? I arrived in Qatar very open to learn and integrate, but after a couple years of this behavior being reinforced consistently, it’s really really hard to not have a negative attitude about Qataris. Can you offer advice for where and who I can interact with locally that will help me have a positive view?

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

It may shock you to find out that they’re are non-Qataris who can wear their ghutra cobra style.

sadam
sadam
6 years ago
Reply to  Chantal

be thankful these savages don’t get anywhere near you during the parade so you and rest can have a pleasant celebration. But for those “bachelors” who genuinely wanted to be part of the celebration, it is unfortunate.

Chantal
Chantal
6 years ago
Reply to  sadam

It is very unfortunate these “bachelors” (who have families they are supporting back home) aren’t allowed. I would be very happy to see them be amongst everyone enjoying the parade. As for savages, there’s no saying where or when anyone can come encounter an incident with them.. There may very well have been such characters at the parade who were allowed entry..

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  BBCA

Thank you !! You said it well !! “A lot of these workers have been away from home and their women for months and years at a time. Their minds wonder and they have urges just like every one else:. ROOT word every one else and urges !! That still does not make them a rapist !! And what do you mean ‘THESE MEN”… you make it sound as if a guy in a fancy suit…driving a big car …. does not gawk at women !! You my friend is not a racist … you are just someone who seems to think its OK to generalize people !! Btw….who were the 2 guys who raped and killed the young lady and burnt her body in the desert ? oooh… my bad …. I must have been dreaming !

BBCA
BBCA
6 years ago
Reply to  Parwaiz Win

Touche my friend.

I wasnt trying to generalize the workers alone. I thought the restriction on single men actually applied to all single men. I was trying to rationalize the reason for separation. I guess I failed there LOL! It may very well be a racism issue. That theme seems to pop up everywhere in the world. Maybe I was just hoping that they were not being racist on this issue.

Often time I do get caught up in trying to project optimism over pessimism but LOL… I failed.

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  BBCA

I have attended the event 2 years in a row in a work capacity and what you thought is sadly not true but how wish it was as well. I have seen men in uniform chase lower income group men with sticks away from the Corniche while ‘white’ men are allowed to walk freely even if they are single. And my amazement does not stop there alone … I have even seen families who look like they are from South Asia or East Asia asked to get up and give their seats to people who I assumed are Qataris. Can you imagine … if we were somewhere in the UK or the US or most countries and you are asked to vacate a seat you have been sitting with your family for the last 3 hours just because some local who failed to get up early and find his way to the event ? As much as I am an optimist … I too have to accept the blatant racism that takes place in such events. I can assure you …. not one Caucasian family would have been asked to vacate their seats for anyone…even for a Qatari.

BBCA
BBCA
6 years ago
Reply to  Parwaiz Win

yeah I’ve witnessed the behavior too. It unfortunate.

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  BBCA

Until Qatar acknowledges that racism and some kind of unspoken caste system is being practiced in this country … no amount of development or money will change such behavior.

Anish Regmi
6 years ago
Reply to  BBCA

Okey as BBCA told that the women dont feel safe or dont feel appropriate by mens being arround them.
I also went to see the parade but was not allowed in but a man wearing Qatari dress went in so easily no one could even ask him and stop him. Isn’t he a man or what.
So please this this nonsense with you.
As per total population of this country Qatar here 3/4 are male so what just for 1/4 of women we cant wander what type of rule is this.
Where men have no right and women have all the rights.
You who wrote this comment you are also a men dont you have sense if their is a bachlore men then is this sure that he will do inappropriate things. We are also human we aren’t this country slave.
So think before you speak.
I fell this is a complete racist and a total discrimination.

Zaheer
Zaheer
6 years ago

So since National day is only for family .. only people with family here should love this nation

kdineshl
kdineshl
6 years ago

please define racism for me.

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
6 years ago

its racisim if they turn away only single men from some background, single men from all backgrounds are regularly turned away not just from national day activities but from parks and other places. if you come with your wife you can go in regardless of your race. do you think family seating areas in restaurants are racist 2?

Khadar Duale
Khadar Duale
6 years ago

Racism is not a Qatari or Arab phenomenon and we should eradicate it from all over the world. It is fanny how “far right groups” are gaining ground in most of European countries in 2014.

Abdulrahman
Abdulrahman
6 years ago

“Qatar is practicing these two in all aspects of social life.” Now that’s a sweeping statement if’d ever heard one!

Misha
Misha
6 years ago

Some of us do care about the discrimination and we do think this is unfair. These workers contribute to a big part of Qatar’s development and the very least they should be able to be able to partake in the celebrations.

Chantal
Chantal
6 years ago

It’s still sad that they cannot accommodate this part of the population, who make up a large part of the community there, and might I add a huge part of the workforce. Without these men, many of the buildings and structures wouldn’t be there today. They also, just like anyone else, deserve a day off and to enjoy joining the rest of the community in celebrating this day in Qatar. It broke my heart last year walking past these crowds of men, who just merely wanted to watch the parade. We are all humans. No one is any better than the other.

Blue
Blue
6 years ago

Workers are used like condoms – thrown away once satisfied. It is not fair for one to get up early, travel a fair distance, only to be denied access. Should have made one section only for bachelors then. Overshadows the entire celebration and leaves a bitter taste.

One the other hand, when stadia and sporting events have no audience ‘they’ are paid to attend!!!!

If Qatar does not manage this relationship with these workers it will never earn the respect and recognition it is trying to desperately seek.

Mehrea
6 years ago

It was a Qatar National day and in my opinion it is only for Qataris. We have our own country and our own National Day. They have prohibited singles for security reasons but not couple. They allowed every couple no matter where they come from so, how can we say it’s racism?It was very simple and I don’t blame them. Remember, they have allowed expat couples to join their celebration.

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  Mehrea

Prohibited singles for security reasons ? What security reason ? So…because one is single … he becomes a security risk ? What have you been smoking ? If what you say is taken seriously … let’s ban all single man from events where ladies are present. ALL … irrespective of race or origin. Btw… how many cases of single lower income man have you heard of who has raped and killed women in Qatar ?

kdineshl
kdineshl
6 years ago
Reply to  Parwaiz Win

see from their cultural view… i wouldnt say they are wrong…

sadam
sadam
6 years ago
Reply to  Parwaiz Win

shut your pie whole. there is a need to control single men which might exhibit risky and aggressive behavior towards women.irregardless of nationality. except locals of course.

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  sadam

I completely agree with your second sentence, so how about we take it one step further: Can we also agree that something should be done to control single men who do (not MIGHT) exhibit risky and aggressive behaviors toward everyone (not only women) in their Land Cruisers? You can’t have it both ways….

sadam
sadam
6 years ago
Reply to  Chilidog

You are out of line. control of Landcruisers and their respective handlers is a whole different dimension, laws and logic do not exist here.

Chilidog
Chilidog
6 years ago
Reply to  sadam

You’re completely right that (consistently enforced) laws and logic do not exist in Qatar, especially when it comes to the roads. But after telling Parwaiz to shut his pie hole your argument focused on safety and it was based on your perception of a large demographic group. I didn’t disagree that those that present a risk should be controlled, so I suggested another group that had been statistically shown (not based on a perception like your argument) to be a much bigger risk to more people. Controlling drivers consistently every day would go a lot farther in making the country safer than a racist decree on one day for one event.

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  sadam

Single man MIGHT exhibit risky and aggressive behavior towards woman .. that is ignorance only you can overcome. As for by rantings … its called freedom to speak what I believe to be true .. just like you have the right to speak your piece. Respect the way it should be and know my place …. i respect a nations right to make laws but it does not mean I have to agree to it…that too is call freedom to have my own opinion. One does not have to be in America to have an opinion … maybe .. when you remove yourself from being herded around… we can then have an intellectual debate without getting personal. Until then … my right to have an opinion and to speak in a public forum like DN will not be denied by the likes of you.

Mehrea
6 years ago
Reply to  Parwaiz Win

I don’t want to argue. Please mind your word. I am not an addict.

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  Mehrea

Don’t get your undies in a knot !! Its just a saying !! And i am glad you dnt want to argue because your argument is baseless and is just nonsense.

Mehrea
6 years ago
Reply to  Parwaiz Win

You are a talented and gifted genius. You know everything. With your personality and manners, you can make chief public relations officer.Happy New Year!

Mehrea
6 years ago
Reply to  Parwaiz Win

Sorry for coming on your way.You are right. You are a well educated, gifted and talented genius . You know everything.With your manner and personality, you can make chief public relations officer.

Blue
Blue
6 years ago
Reply to  Mehrea

Yup thank you for having your picture in your profile – you fit the stereotype of a security issue for a bachelor in qatar !!!

You my friend, most probably, would not have been allowed alone :-/

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Mehrea

Guys this is his opinion,
Why are you all ganging up on him,
He understands if he’s a single bachelor he can’t attend.

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago
Reply to  Mehrea

Did they turn away single Qatari men, too? Uh, I forgot, they are all angels.

Dobbin_the_Wonder_Horse
Dobbin_the_Wonder_Horse
6 years ago
Reply to  Mehrea

Rather self evidently Qatar National Day is a National Day for Qataris. What is puzzling is why expats would even want to attend something that has nothing to do with them.

Hoping for the Best
6 years ago

There is a clear reason why expatriates are expected to attend this event – Like last year, the national day of Qatar was marketted under the theme – “One Love” which “apparently” promotes a sense of unity between the expatriate and local population of Qatar.

Dobbin_the_Wonder_Horse
Dobbin_the_Wonder_Horse
6 years ago

It is news that expats are expected to attend the event but even if they are it doesn’t answer the question as ti why they would want to.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago

I think the question should be why not? It is an event and people like to see special events. People don’t get to see military parades everyday so that is one of the reasons why they want to attend this one. Now can you give your logic as to why expats should not be interested and should not attend this particular event?

Cutie
Cutie
6 years ago

Racism is worse here in Qatar….. that’s why segregation is constant here…. take a look at Dubai….. can you see the difference…….. Qatar is years behind real life they’re still living in the old… they neeed to grow up

Parwaiz Win
Parwaiz Win
6 years ago
Reply to  Cutie

I agree racism exist here in Qatar but to say it is worse here is also not true. Bulgaria…Romania…Hungary …. Serbia… Russia … i could go on where racism is many times worst. On segregation….its multi-tiered. Segregation due to religious belief in reality should be applied across the board but it does not and the next tier is racism. Its quite interesting to see on the 2nd tier; segregation is practiced quite strictly when the person comes from a lower income group but becomes relaxed with the persons skin tone and income.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago

I have a wife and I must admit both of us would feel comfortable if we sit in a family section rather than mix with the crowd. Even when we go to restaurants we ask To be seated in a family section. If not, usually we are provided with small curtain-like separator (I forgot its name). Thus our privacy is guaranteed. Now that said, turning people away from the event because they are single is not the solution. A better organization would have made it possible for them to attend in a segregated area.

On a side note, the stories I have read of security people with sticks shouting at people and diving them away are really sad. If a photographer went on purpose to document this behavior, believe me that would put an indelible stain on the image of Qatar worldwide. Let’s hope with the years this parade will get better.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

Our photographer actually went to take pictures of the parade…but wasn’t allowed in, despite turning up at 5am with a letter.

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

That’s what is called “Freedom of Press” in Qatar! You are free not to take photos.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

“With a letter” means an official invitation? OMG so how about the other newspapers (AlSharq, AlArab, etc) ? Did they instruct their photographers to take their families with them? This is really sad 🙁

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  Yacine

Probably a letter, in English, on DN letterhead paper… (doesn’t work)

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

It’s a happy event only showcasing the best of Qatar in a PR feeding frenzy. Can’t take the risk of your photographer getting a pic of the Emir in the wrong light or a ‘darkie’ being sent on his way in the land of ‘Relfect your respect’

Someone outside of Qatar might pick this up and make Qatar look bad.

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago

It’s going to be a funny World Cup if it ever takes place.

Gokul
Gokul
6 years ago

Yeah happened to me last time i was in Qatar. i was on short term business visa and went to corniche early morning but was sent back. Somehow the rule didnt apply to single qatari males which is why this approach is racism. Just coz i was single doesnt mean i would stare at the women there

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago

This guys left their work sites and came from far away places to show their support and to take part in the Qatar National Day celebrations and for them to be chased away and kept out of site is so disrespectful, sad and a disgrace not to the single workers and Bachelors but to the guys who were chasing them away like unwanted nuisance. One had to be actually there at the site where this guys were being pushed and shouted away to see how bad the situation was. This same situation prevailed last year and for it to happen again and again clearly shows that no lessons have been learnt on how to manage large crowds who come to take part in the celebrations

greylag
greylag
6 years ago

Happens every year- nothing new here!

Peter Pickle
Peter Pickle
6 years ago

aah yes, a necessary bane of our society – ‘single men’

johnny wang
johnny wang
6 years ago

The sad truth is that FIFA is such a corrupt organization that it is in serious need of first being looked after itself. Now its very own sitting members and investigators are accusing it of massive corruption and cover ups and FIFA is working overtime to cover things up. The old wily man running FIFA might be gone long before the next world cup comes around

Khadar Duale
Khadar Duale
6 years ago

I guess the issue of racism is still prevalent everywhere in the world. We just witnessed how black Americans are treated by the Police, how indigenous Australians are subjected to all sorts of discriminations. I used to live in Germany and I have witnessed, people coming to me and calling me all sort of names in the middle of the city centre, just because of my skin colour. I have also experienced similar racist treatments in my country Swedish. India is also still divided into cast system as well. So even in the 21-st century the race issue is still eating us from within.
So believe me, this is not only Qatari issue.

MzalendoWakwetu
MzalendoWakwetu
6 years ago

People should stop catching feelings over this! It’s just a simple event ( for qataris ) and there will be another one next year. And what’s with the people who keep going back every year even after being turned away during past events? Do they have a fetish for humiliation?
Maybe Qatar should change the venue? In my country the celebration is held at the national stadium with three simple rules; You have to undergo a security check, you are not allowed to sit at the VIP section unless you have been officially invited and lastly, once the president arrives at the venue no one else is allowed in. That’s it!
The stadium allows for everyone to watch the parade at a close range regardless of where you are sitting. If Qatar did this they would have the option of segregating the stadium stands according to any criteria they preferred and everyone would feel ”included”.

Anish Regmi
6 years ago

We don’t even have right to speak up.
I just commented what i felt about this country and their rules.
They didn’t even approve it.
If the people who came here for good life cant enjoy here whats the purpose of coming here.
And talking about men who comments on women and if women don’n feel appropriate then those women should stay in their home. In this country 3/4 are men and 1/4 are women so for just women, men’s have no right to enjoy dont they have any rights to visit any place.
If women feel inappropriate then they should stay under their bed and don’t come out of their homes.
.
I feel that men don’t any right to enjoy they don’t ve any right to speak up if their anything is going wrong.
The Qatari people can do any thing and the foreign people can’t even walk in the streets. I also went to see that parade but they didnt let me in while a a person in qatari dress walked in where no one could stop him.
Is this the rule Qatar has. What if a person who belongs to Qatar Nationality can only wander..

Albac
Albac
6 years ago

The mahority of men being turned away are from asian countries- India, Nepal, Philippines, because that is where the majority of single workers are from. It’s about culture not color. women in this culture don’t want men, not related, all around them. You are in a conservative country, if you don’t like it, leave. They should have made an area for single men, but that’s not race, that’s status. And, of course, Qatari single men will be let in, it’s their country! They should be allowed to celebrate.

Jamal Al-Yafei
Jamal Al-Yafei
6 years ago

I assure you next couple of years lot of things will change , the whole corncih will be cleared from building and will be turned into a massive green zone .. there will be huge space for both families and bachelors to attend whatever event that might happen , i urge everyone to stop thinking about tommorw and think 5 years ahead .. Qatar is deveolping in a massive rate compared to any other nation did. both culutrly and urbanly ..

things will be way better in the coming 5 years at max ..

just bear with us a bit and we will enjoy coexisting with each other without any racism or discrmenations ..

the wheel of change is almost at full speed ..

Sabre
Sabre
6 years ago

I respect this choice and even applaud it. A lot of misunderstandings and frustrations are prevented this way. As a man I do understand why this is necessary in some cases.

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