Something of a harsh critique of Doha in Indian newspaper Daily News & Analysis today, in which the author points out many of the already established stereotypes: Land Cruisers, air conditioning, and fake American veneers everywhere you turn.
But the interesting part, is when Krish Ashok weighs in on the seemingly permanent divisions of Doha’s residents:
There are three distinct kinds of people who live there too.
The locals, who drive around in super-luxury cars; the white expats, usually oil executives who dress casually in cargo trousers and summer prints; and the brown expats, the engine of the economy. Workers from South Asia seem to dominate the demography in every one of these cities.
Black slaves eventually mixed with Europeans to form a multiracial country like Brazil, but I don’t see Arabs, Caucasians and immigrant labourers ever being anything other than a salad, loosely mixed together and quite often, not tasty.