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JustHere | June 23, 2017

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by Nasser Al Naama

Qatar: An art capital, without any capital resource

November 6, 2013 | | One Comment

Qatar Museums Authority’s buying power outweighs every other museum in the world.  No mean feat.  With an estimated annual spend of close to a billion dollars on art, it’s no surprise either. It’s important to assess what this distinction has … Read More

Migrant workers’ rights: The truth and the solution lie somewhere between all this mudslinging and denial

September 29, 2013 | | One Comment

Everywhere I look, I find articles from various international media outlets highlighting the dire condition of labourers in Qatar. Though the issue itself is not new, the unprecedented surge of recent attention, in light of Qatar hosting the FIFA World … Read More

The paradox of Qatari women: Majority representation in tertiary education; minimal representation in labour market

August 5, 2013 | | 2 Comments

My youngest sister came home one day with a peculiar expression on her face. She seemed unsettled; she had heard a heated debate on one of the reputable local radio stations. The topic was about women driving in Qatar, and … Read More

In Qatar, tentacles of tribalism hold back national aspirations

July 17, 2013 | | 30 Comments

I remember reading a blog post about the perceived nationality-based class system in Qatar. According to the author, Qataris alongside Americans, were placed at the top of the social hierarchy – something that most commentators agreed to, and understandably so. … Read More

Mental illness: Stigmatised and marginalised

February 18, 2013 | | One Comment

Nearly half of Qatari youth suffer from some kind of mental illness. Yet, discussions are just a whisper at best. It’s time we mainstreamed mental health conversations. Starting now.

In my culture, there is insurmountable stigma attached to having depression, … Read More

Crossroads to Confusion

January 25, 2013 |

Within the context of a society that is predominantly homogenous and uniform, exhibiting individuality isn’t necessarily an easy choice, and can be quite isolating.

As someone born and raised in Qatar, when I look back at my life growing up … Read More

A failure of education

January 11, 2013 | | 2 Comments

As a senior student at Virginia Commonwealth University, I look back at the journey that has gotten me to this stage of my education, and I can’t help but feel a sense of helplessness and contempt.

Talking about education, specifically … Read More