Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- A History of the Arab PeoplesView on Amazon One of the most distinguished scholars of the Arab world and the Middle East tells the story. By Albert Hourani.
- A Peace to End All PeaceView on Amazon The definitive book on the subject, it tells the fascinating story of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the modern Middle East. By David Fromkin.
- Music and Traditions of the Arabian PeninsulaView on Amazon The author — Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology at the American University of Kuwait — delivers a pioneering, scholarly overview of folk and traditional urban music, along with dance and rituals, of Saudi Arabia and the Upper Gulf States of Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar. By Lisa Urkevich.
- Qatar: Securing the Global Ambitions of a City-StateView on Amazon A bloodless coup in 1995 brought to power an emerging elite with a progressive vision for the future. Qatar's disparate, often misunderstood, policies that followed coalesce to propagate a distinct brand. Whether to counter regional economic competitors or to further tie Qatar to the economies of the world's leading countries, this brand is designed to counter a range of security concerns. By David Roberts.
- Qatar: Small State, Big PoliticsView on Amazon The author tells a story of a "tiny giant": although severely lacking in most measures of state power, Qatar is highly influential in diplomatic, cultural and economic spheres. And this is changing the role small states play in the global system. By Mehran Kamrava.
- Tales of the Marvellous and News of the StrangeView on Amazon Dating from at least a millennium ago, these are the earliest-known Arabic short stories. Resembling those in The Arabian Nights, these charming, surreal, baffling and beautiful tales are indeed both marvelous and strange. Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith; translated by Malcolm C. Lyons.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Al Jazeera: The Most Feared News Network”View on salon.com Doha-based Al Jazeera is well-funded and doesn't need to make money. But its prospects, here and in the Middle East, are uncertain. By Shibley Telhami.
- “From pre-oil settlement to post-oil hub: The urban transformation of Doha”View on archnet.org The authors track the city's transformation since rapid urbanisation began with the commencement of oil production in the middle of the 20th century. By Florian Wiedmann and Ashraf M Salama.
- “Have Qatar’s work conditions improved? Migrant labourers tell their stories”View on TheGuardian.com Better accommodation for some, new payment rules for everyone. But despite the reforms, many workers still complain of low pay and long hours. By Ian Black.
- “Liquefied Natural Gas Makes Qatar an Energy Giant”View on NYTimes.com In the 1970s, Shell discovered the world’s largest trove of natural gas, called the North field, in Qatari waters. But the resource proved impractical until a new process sparked a boom. By Stanley Reed.
- “Nowhere to Turn: A Nepal Cab Driver in Qatar”View on wilsonquarterly.com Sarun, a cab driver in Qatar, had not been paid in nearly four months. His family back home in Nepal desperately needed the money. He hadn't been home in two years, and his boss controlled his passport. All Sarun could do was wait. By J Zach Hollo and Xiran Liu.
- “Souk Waqif | An Architectural Review”View on archnet.org The renovation project of Souk Waqif is a unique architectural revival of one the most important heritage sites in the city of Doha. By Hassan Radoine.
- “The Qatar Chronicles”View on sbnation.com The author traveled to Qatar for a closer look at the World Cup's future home. He crafted an informative five-part series to get to the heart of the place. By David Roth.
Online Sources & Blogs
- Museum of Islamic ArtVisit mia.org Take a tour of the highlights of Doha's foremost museum.
- Trade in QatarVisit atlas.media.mit.edu Excellent, highly-graphical summary of the country's exports and imports.
- Travelers’ Health | QatarVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- World Bank | QatarVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
- “Desert Lunch: Coaxing Climate-Friendly Food from the World’s Driest Places”View on soundcloud.com In Qatar, a team of scientists and engineers has set out to prove that people in the world’s most inhospitable places can transform sunlight, salt water and CO2 into energy, fresh water and food. PRI The World's John Miller reports.
- “The cost of working on Qatar’s World Cup 2022”View on soundcloud.com In this BBC World Service broadcast from "the world's biggest construction site," Sue Lloyd Roberts reports on the hardships suffered by the more than 1m migrant workers.
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Who to Follow
- Twitter: British Library – Qatar PartnershipFollow @BLQatar British Library, Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Library in partnership. Digitising archive material, sounds & visual arts relating to Gulf history & medieval scientific manuscripts.
- Twitter: Gerd NonnemanFollow @GerdDoha Dean, Georgetown University SFS Qatar. Research focus on Gulf & Middle East politics.
- Twitter: Gulf TimesFollow @GulfTimes_QATAR Leading daily newspaper published by GPPC Doha, Qatar.
- Twitter: Peter KovessyFollow @peterkovessy Canadian journalist in Qatar. Assistant editor at @DohaNews with a particular interest in business, economics and regional politics. Former editor of @obj_news.
- Twitter: Qatar FoundationFollow @QF Building a future through education, research and community development.