I joined a segment on HuffPost Live the other day to discuss Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.

The conversation kicked off with unbearable heat during summer and the possibility of shifting the games to winter, but expanded to include workers rights here, restrictions on homosexuality, and corruption within FIFA.

Anything to add?

(via Qatar Too Hot To Handle - HuffPost Live)

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Photos by Omar Chatriwala

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PHOTOS: Eid al-Fitr morning prayers mark the end of Ramadan 

Thousands of Muslims across Qatar - and around the world - have observed morning prayers at mosques and open grounds just after sunrise, closing out the month of Ramadan and beginning the three-day Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

After leading prayers in the morning, Qatar’s Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, began receiving sheikhs, ministers, armed forces chiefs and diplomats at Wajbah Palace shortly after prayer. His father, former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, also received well wishers, QNA reports. Other Qatar residents began the day with the first daytime meal they’ve had in a month.

Eid is traditionally a time to visit family and friends, but in a push to increase tourism and also to cater to the thousand of expatriates here who don’t have family, Qatar has organized a slew of activities around Doha, including at Katara, Souq Waqif, and most of the major malls. 

To explore what’s going on in Qatar this holiday, check out our Eid al-Fitr guide.

How will you be spending Eid?

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Ramadan Tips from Check Out My [Designs]

Qatar-based design company Check Out my [Designs] has been publishing a series of Ramadan tips this month. One designer explains the company’s motivation for producing the posters:

It’s for discipline reasons really. We get the feeling that we’re getting a bit rusty. We want to improve our ability to create quick concepts and in some cases, in a stressed environment.

The rule is simple - spend no more than 30 minutes in each poster. The tips are reminders for ourselves and if people can benefit from them, that’s great too.

The entire list (they put out one tip a day) can be seen here.

What advice would you add? Thoughts?

These have great style

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GRAPHICS: Doha News gets a new logo

You may have noticed that we’ve changed up our look a little bit. Some two years after we launched this site - and more than four since we got started on Twitter - we thought it was time for some tweaking. 

Our aim, especially on social media, was to make sure the look was clean and simple, as well as easy to recognize.

Here’s what our designers, Check Out My [Designs], have to say about it:

The new look is not an overall change but simply a transition, hence why we’re keeping the color and the style.

We’re going away from the speech bubble as something of a cliche, but wanted to keep an element of it, hence the indent on the D - acting as negative space.

The D will be the official mark of Doha News from now on.

What do you think?

I like the simplicity of it

It has been one whole year since a fire at the Villaggio Mall in Qatar led to the deaths of 19 people, 13 of them small children.
On this first anniversary, we have released an ebook looking into the tragedy: “Villaggio Fire: A Tragedy Silenced”
The in-depth report focuses on the causes and aftermath of the fire, as well as its implications for Qatar as a whole. 

It has been one whole year since a fire at the Villaggio Mall in Qatar led to the deaths of 19 people, 13 of them small children.

On this first anniversary, we have released an ebook looking into the tragedy: “Villaggio Fire: A Tragedy Silenced

The in-depth report focuses on the causes and aftermath of the fire, as well as its implications for Qatar as a whole.