Identity Crisis?

Under going research into Qatar, we have looked at an interesting contrast from what Qatar was only a mere half century ago till now. In 2004 the population was recorded at just over 800,000 people and now that has boomed up to 1.7 million in 2010, and it is interesting to learn that only 10% of this population is Qatari, the rest being made up of expats, with the inviting opportunities the oil industry has offered in Qatar. “the region didn’t appear from nowhere because of oil” New York Times article. It is also suggested that there could be up to 80 different nationalities residing in Qatar just to show the complete mix of cultures within a nation only holding 1.7 million. generally speaking it is good to mix cultures and diversify a country but there is a fear that a nation with only 10% being actual Qatari, is that they are loosing there identity.

Doah seems to be “designed by architects who didn’t talk with each other, like each other, and engaged in experiments which they would never get away with at home” CBS 60 min. I myself believe that these buildings look like alien stilts randomly plotted into the desert sand. I think this also shows Qatar’s willingness to bring in and invite great projects but im not sure there is much thought and care to the previous life in Qatar. A fellow student  also pointed out, after doing a web search of traditional Qatari buildings, the result comes up with what scans the landscape today. so this poises the question is tradition starting now? What is Qatar? Maybe this is what Qatar wants and that their culture wants to progress with a modern attitude, after all the world is forever changing.

references – New York Times article http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/world/middleeast/doha-qatar-glitters-like-a-world-city-but-few-feel-at-home.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all

CBS 60 min – http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7395216n

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About Frances and Kyle

We are 3rd year Interior and Environmental Design Students at DOJCAD, at the University of Dundee.
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