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Social Switzerlands in Qatar?

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Read this article on social media. I wonder what they can possibly mean by "social Switzerlands". I've got my idea, what's yours? It's interesting to read about another "expat bubble" using Switzerland as a metaphor!
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Old 09.04.2015, 11:42
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Re: Social Switzerlands in Qatar?

I think they mean that as alcohol is only available inside the hotels, and outside other rules apply, then Qatar is similar to Switzerland, where the border defines another set of rules for ex-pats.

But that is a very flimsy & stupid connection in my opinion.
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Re: Social Switzerlands in Qatar?

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I think they mean that as alcohol is only available inside the hotels, and outside other rules apply, then Qatar is similar to Switzerland, where the border defines another set of rules for ex-pats.

But that is a very flimsy & stupid connection in my opinion.
I don't think the comparison is about the actual legal situation, or application of laws.

"For me Qatar is a mysterious paradise that I loved to hate," she wrote. "I miss it every day, but it is not a reality."

Instead, it's about the mindset:
Being oblivious to (or willfully ignore) what's going on around/outside, pretending for the situation to differ from how it really is, chosing to do as if one lived in la-la-land. Similar to the orchestra on the Titanic that reportedly kept playing until the ship went down, or sticking one's head in the sand ("Vogel-Strauss-Politik").
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Re: Socialism in Qatar?

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Read this article on social media. I wonder what they can possibly mean by "social Switzerlands". I've got my idea, what's yours? It's interesting to read about another "expat bubble" using Switzerland as a metaphor!

The author is writing rubbish
-- Nothing hints to Switzerland
--- Qatar of course is HANBALI but NOT Wahhabi
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Re: Socialism in Qatar?

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This is just poetic imagery. The comparison is that while Switzerland is physically surrounded (Liechtenstein not withstanding!) by the EU, and abides by many of the same laws, it is, nonetheless apart from the EU. Not all EU rules apply. In Qatar, the author avers, the social life within hotels is similar. On that level, the analogy works well. Of course, like any other analogy, if you over stretch it, it will break. It's an analogy not an identity. No need to get hot under the collar. No-one is dissing CH.

Re: Hanabli/Wahabi. There's only one way to settle this. Fight! And wahhabi wins.

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Islam is the official religion, and Qataris are largely Sunni Muslims. There is a small Shīʿite minority. The ruling Āl Thānī (Thānī family) adheres to the same Wahhābī interpretation of Islam as the rulers of Saudi Arabia, though not as strictly. Women, for example, have greater freedom in Qatar than in Saudi Arabia.
According to wikipedia(!) Hanbali is dominant in Saudi Arabia as well. Would you claim that Saudi Arabia is Wahhabist? It looks to me like trying to compare apples with fishcakes. The two states are described everywhere as Wahhabist because that's what the rulers impose.

Anyway, I'd have thought Qatar would be more into Footbali than Hanbali at the moment.
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Re: Socialism in Qatar?

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This is just poetic imagery. The comparison is that while Switzerland is physically surrounded (Liechtenstein not withstanding!) by the EU, and abides by many of the same laws, it is, nonetheless apart from the EU. Not all EU rules apply. In Qatar, the author avers, the social life within hotels is similar. On that level, the analogy works well. Of course, like any other analogy, if you over stretch it, it will break. It's an analogy not an identity. No need to get hot under the collar. No-one is dissing CH.

Re: Hanabli/Wahabi. There's only one way to settle this. Fight! And wahhabi wins.

According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica:

According to wikipedia(!) Hanbali is dominant in Saudi Arabia as well. Would you claim that Saudi Arabia is Wahhabist? It looks to me like trying to compare apples with fishcakes. The two states are described everywhere as Wahhabist because that's what the rulers impose.

Anyway, I'd have thought Qatar would be more into Footbali than Hanbali at the moment.

Abdul Wahhab was thr Reformator who assisted Mohammed al-Sa'ud to start the Saudi Dynasty in the Nejd around Riyadh. So that the Kingdom is WAHHABITE
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Abdul Wahhab was thr Reformator who assisted Mohammed al-Sa'ud to start the Saudi Dynasty in the Nejd around Riyadh. So that the Kingdom is WAHHABITE
As is Qatar according to a more weighty and authoritative source than you. HTH.
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As is Qatar according to a more weighty and authoritative source than you. HTH.
A source which describes Qatar as WAHHABI is neither weighty nor authoritative but most thoroughly dull and stupid and plainly wrong. Qatar was NEVER Wahhabi
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