Doha, Qatar, which lies on the Persian Gulf coast, is growing at an incredible rate. According to data that we could find in under 5 minutes, the population more than doubled from 339,000 in 2004 to 796,000 in 2010. (This is the most recent data easily available.) Its skyline is an impressive array of hypermodern skyscrapers, and in 2022, Qatar will be hosting the World Cup. Most definitely a city on the rise.
When possible, Dolphie enjoys getting some beach time in, and afterwards likes nothing more than a nice, giant chair to relax in.
As mentioned in the last AW80D post, Dolphie also likes to make new friends from other cultures. Here we see him with a couple of gentlemen in the traditional dress of the Arabian peninsula: keffiyeh (which is also known by many other names), which is worn on the head and protects against the strong sun and dust of arid areas and bound by an agal, the black cords that hold the keffiyeh in place on the head, as well as a thawb (again, known by many names), the long white tunic whose name in Arabic simply means “garment,” and is the standard clothing for Arabic men.
(Two things: 1 – AW80D stands for Around the World in 80 Dolphies, wherein we follow the international adventures of Dolphie, mascot of Shoreline Community College; 2 – Credit where credit’s due, so thanks Wikipedia, Google, and Lonely Planet, and if you’d like to see where I got my information, just click the links.)