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Updating Qateri Hospitality

In a dry and thirsty land, where there is no water, there is a wonderful tradition of providing water for the laborer, and the passer-by. In Tunisia and Jordan, we used to see running water in nearly every village, a place where donkeys could drink and people could fill their containers. Then, in Qatar and Kuwait, we began to see the outdoor kiosk type of water dispenser, running sweet water from a tap. Now, Qatar is providing bottled water in locations where there are workers who don’t have ready access to water during the hot hot hot summer.

Drinking water for the toiling masses
Web posted at: 7/16/2009 2:0:11


DOHA: The Qatar Charity has launched a unique humanitarian campaign to support people working outdoors during hot summer.

The Charity has started distributing bottled water to workers who don’t have easy access to drinking water while working outdoors. The one-month campaign titled “Suqya” (an meaning supply of drinking water) also aims at installing public water coolers in select places across the city.

Jassim Abdulla Jassim, director of the Charity said the campaign was first launched in summer last year. It has now been re-launched with a new name and new mission.

“Our goal is to provide relief to the hundreds of people working outside during summer as well as the pedestrians. We started the project last year and plans to continue it in the coming years,” said Jassim.

Bottled water is being distributed in construction sites, parks and other public places. Some 67 water coolers have been installed in various parts of the city as part of the campaign.

“These coolers come with a unique design and have been installed in crowded areas, so that more people can benefit from them. Through this project, we are trying to revive the traditional Qatari hospitality. Every Qatari household used to offer drinking water to the passer by free of charge,” said Ahmed Al Miraisi, deputy director of the Charity.

He urged companies and individuals to extend their support to the project.

July 16, 2009 Posted by | Charity, Community, Doha, ExPat Life, Interconnected, Living Conditions, News, Qatar | 2 Comments

Iranian Joke

Sent to me by my good friend – it’s an Iranian joke:

What’s the difference between the USA and Iran ?

In the USA , they have Obama, Stevie Wonder, Bob Hope, Johnny Cash…

In Iran , we have Ahmadinejad, no wonder, no hope, no cash…

July 16, 2009 Posted by | Iran, Joke | 4 Comments