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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Elections in Qatar

Thousands of lucky Government employees got a holiday today while municipal elections were held. Twenty eight thousand citizens, including women, are allowed to vote in these elections.

While that seems a tiny amount in a city with a population which must be approaching 400,000, most of the population here are "foreigners". It's interesting here that you can ask a person where he or she is from and they'll say Sudan or Pakistan or India. But when you ask them about their country, they sometimes admit that they have never even been there!

People born and educated in Qatar retain their parents or grandparent's nationality even though their home is in Qatar. If you are one of these people, though, it's a scary existence. Not only do you have restricted property; lose your job and you'll have to leave your home, family and adopted country for two years before you can return.

Also see: Life in Qatar

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