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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Personal ads with a difference

Qatar residents have a different take on personal ads, as a scan through these ads show.

Proposal invited for a Keralite Christian Boy aged 28 years, 5 ft. 8 in. tall, MSc. (Management IT), working in reputed Firm in Qatar, from parents of well-educated girls (minimum high degree, Masters preferred) living in Qatar. Please email details with recent colour photograph.

Alliance invited from well-off and highly educated Indian Muslim Family for their daughter, 25 years old, MBA in business, 5’5, very beautiful. Muslims only may contact ... for further details.

Parents of British National of Pakistani origin seek sincere, polite and beautiful girl, preferably doctor, for their son (computer engineer, 27, based in U.K.) and a boy, engineer or doctor, for a girl, 24, graduate.

However native Qataris (as opposed to the foreign residents, who make up most of the population here) would not dream of advertising their children in the local paper. Their marriages are normally arranged by mothers, often between cousins – which perhaps account for the high incidence of blood disorders in Qatar. Other potential prospects may be garnered at wedding parties, when the girls remove their veils (a woman’s wedding party takes place separately from the man's) and the mothers can check their prospective daughters-in-law out.

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