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Changing Qatar: Culture, Citizenship, and Rapid Modernization

Geoff Harkness


Qatar is the wealthiest country in the world—and one of the fastest growing. Its current population is five times larger than it was in 2000. Photos of the Arabian Gulf micronation from the 1980s show a few modest one-story buildings. Today, Qatar’s capital, Doha, is a modern petro-boomtown whose futuristic skyline features a phalanx of space-age skyscrapers. In 2022, Qatar will be the first Arab nation to host the FIFA World Cup. To prepare, Qatar’s government has imported more than one million low-wage workers to construct outdoor air-conditioned soccer stadiums, subway systems, and megahote ... More

Keywords: Qatar, Arabian Gulf, citizenship, nationality, modernization, sports, World Cup

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781479889075
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479889075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoff Harkness, author
Rhode Island College