In Qatar

I am in Qatar for work-related meetings. This is my second day and still no luggage. I had to go cloth shopping. Traveled half way around the world to go to a mall :-(

Tony Hey and I went swimming to the sea today, just outside the Sheraton Doha hotel. It was fantastic. Swimming in December :-)

This place is interesting; it’s like a city-wide construction site. Apparently there are 400 skyscrapers under construction, with work continuing throughout the night (as I can hear from my room). The Education City they are building looks impressive, from an infrastructure point of view. I do hope it’s successful academically and commercially. The Qatar Foundation has lots of plans.

Now, don’t ask me about how I feel about the way money is spent on projects like “The Pearl” instead of making life better for millions of people in underdeveloped countries.

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