PHOTO: Whole of Doha by Hediye
The photographer, who originally uploaded this shot to Plane Pictures and gave us permission to republish, writes:

Finally… The whole of DOHA in just 1 photo!!! Starting on the left, you can see the new airport NDIA (HIA) (lowest lights on the left side) as well as the current (old) airport DOH (the long strip without lights, stretching towards the sea).
Continuing towards the upper right along the shore from there, you can see Doha Port (rectangular lights at the shore), the Corniche along the shore all the way down to Westbay (you can see blueish and greenish lights there, highrise district). Continuing further towards the right, you can see the St. Regis Hotel, followed by Katara and eventually the Pearl Qatar, including the area with the few private islands (lights going into the sea as a line, middle lower part). On the very far right you can see the Lusail City construction area (scattered blueish lights). The highway that goes towards the upper part of the picture (right under the winglet) is the Dukhan Highway.
Taken to a direction facing the West. Right side is North, Left side is South.

Thoughts?

PHOTO: Whole of Doha by Hediye

The photographer, who originally uploaded this shot to Plane Pictures and gave us permission to republish, writes:

Finally… The whole of DOHA in just 1 photo!!! Starting on the left, you can see the new airport NDIA (HIA) (lowest lights on the left side) as well as the current (old) airport DOH (the long strip without lights, stretching towards the sea).

Continuing towards the upper right along the shore from there, you can see Doha Port (rectangular lights at the shore), the Corniche along the shore all the way down to Westbay (you can see blueish and greenish lights there, highrise district). Continuing further towards the right, you can see the St. Regis Hotel, followed by Katara and eventually the Pearl Qatar, including the area with the few private islands (lights going into the sea as a line, middle lower part). On the very far right you can see the Lusail City construction area (scattered blueish lights). The highway that goes towards the upper part of the picture (right under the winglet) is the Dukhan Highway.

Taken to a direction facing the West. Right side is North, Left side is South.

Thoughts?

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The lack of breaking news and the lack of people being able to have a conversation (in the local media) are why Doha News has become so popular – it fills a void.

Shabina S. Khatri, co-founder and executive editor of Doha News, in an article by Doha Centre for Media Freedom’s Peter Townson entitled “Doha News and the growth of online media in Qatar.”


Khatri and Omar Chatriwala - the couple behind Doha News - were recently interviewed by DCMF about the growth of online media in Qatar.

In it, they share their views on why online media sources like Doha News  have become so popular in recent years. 

“We know there is not a lot of real time information shared by the traditional news sources here, and that is something you can get for better or for worse on social media,” says Chatriwala. “Being able to have your opinion heard and sharing information - I think that is leading the embrace of social media and making it grow so rapidly here – its news and views.”

The pair say that there isn’t any issue they won’t cover on Doha News, providing that they can check that the story is true.

However, Chatriwala says that this can often be a difficult task :

“We just wish that people (in Qatar) understood the way media works and that denial isn’t always the best way to go about things – transparency would help,” he says. “We aren’t going to cover it unless we can journalistically back it up with multiple sources, even if they are not necessarily official sources.  If we can back it up with legitimate sources then that is when we will cover something.”

Doha News has nearly 26,000 followers on Facebook and more than 20,000 on Twitter

What do you think about the media scene here in Qatar? Does social media tell you things traditional sources do not? 

Credit: Photo courtesy of Joe Grimm

(via dohanews)

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Where do you live?

  • Haha, I do this too sometimes. Pure laziness.
  • Person: Where do you live?
  • Me: Doha
  • Person: Where's that?
  • Me (what I want to say): The host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup, the hosts of the Asian Games in 2006, they OWN the football team Barcelona, THEY OWN THEM - and now they own David Beckham, it's the richest country in the world, it has the highest obesity rate in the world, it has the highest CO2 emissions in the world, Janet Jackson is getting married here, Doha owns London, literally it owns everything there, e.g. Harrods, The Shard (Tallest building in Europe), Sainsburys, and many many more...
  • Me (what I actually say): It's next to Dubai.
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dohanews:

Doha News editor Shabina Khatri was one of the featured speakers at INET Qatar conference a week and a half ago. With the single-day program focusing on “The Rise of the Arab Information Society,” Shabina spoke on the role local media play in an open information society.

In the video above, Scheherazade Safla, a contributor to the local tech blog TFour.me, catches up with Shabina afterward and puts a few questions to her about online journalism in Qatar.

Other interviewees include Internet Society Qatar chairman Fadel al-Enazi and and ISOC public policy director Constance Bommelaer.

To see Shabina’s presentation, check out the full panel below - she comes in at around the 20 minute mark.

Videos from the rest of the event are also available on ISOC’s website.

Thoughts?

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dohanews:

Driving down Al Luqta Street toward Slope Roundabout about a half hour ago, this Chevy/GMC Suburban was very much on fire!

Police urged cars off the road, and told us it was probably caused by an engine fault. Civil defence firefighters were on the scene in minutes.

It’s likely cleaned up by now, but if you got stuck in some unpleasant traffic, now you know why. 

Credit: Photos by Omar Chatriwala