Among the crowds in Doha’s fake souk, the main concern is which cafe to gather in after breaking the Ramadan fast and which air-conditioned mall to head to for designer-label shopping.
Filipinos scurry around with dustpans and brushes to ensure not a speck of dust disturbs the long white jalabiya robes worn by Qatari men, while the occasional popping sound is not gunfire but the engine roar of Lamborghinis and Maseratis on the five-lane highways in Qatar’s capital.
“We’re chilled,” said Mohammad Ali Osman, a geography teacher whose shiny tomato red GMC Sierra truck is so new its seats are still in plastic covers.
The only outward sign that anything is amiss in the country, the world’s wealthiest per capita, are empty shelves in the chicken section of Spinneys supermarket and the Turkish milk that has replaced the usual Saudi products.
Behind the bling and bravado, however, this is a country under siege. The tiny Arab peninsula nation was cut off by its neighbours in a dramatic air, land and sea blockade imposed at dawn on Monday, its British-educated emir accused by fellow Gulf rulers of arming and financing Islamist terrorist groups.
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