Michael Ang on Qatar: A Nation’s Love Affair with the 4X4 Land Cruiser

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Michael Ang on Qatar: A Nation’s Affair with the 4X4 Land

One would normally associate such as “graceful”, “gleaming”, “magnificent”, and “powerful” with the thoroughbred Arabian stallions or In recent times however, adjectives have become the of the 4X4 land cruiser (known in circles as The Eraser) that has a ubiquitous status on Qatari

Admittedly, the nature of driving in makes these behemoths a In a country that once the highest road death per capita, the need to make the commute to work or school in a seems perfectly understandable. in one of the websites in Qatar dedicated to the foreigner, an expatriate spotting the droll forum name ruminated on the various factors were making him strongly to purchase a gas guzzling land instead of a comparatively miniscule Prius that would be to biblical dust in any of the Russian-roulette in Doha. His list reads as 1) Be rude to everybody else on the 2) Can drive as fast as I want in a 60 road. 3) Run over pedestrians. 4) on the pavement. 5) Enter Roundabouts any lane and exit anywhere I 6) Bully other drivers by

tailing their cars. 7) No on one-way roads. 8). No restrictions to at the STOP sign. To this, one can wryly reply that it has hit the proverbial nail on the head. Beast666 failed to highlight is given how cheap gas in over (Qatar after all holds the third largest gas reserves Russia and Iran), it makes economic sense to ensconce in a protective leather-metal cocoon of Doing so should militate one obtaining a broken rib or a crushed following the peak-hour road of Sunday mornings (the week curiously begins on a over here). Furthermore, a that needs to be added is
that a land cruiser, its ample backseat and legroom, for the easy, fuss-free transportation of pet cheetah or leopard during the weekend trips to the souks.

I have to admit that my in cars previous to my Qatari ran towards the more modest and side of the scale. On my desktop erstwhile pictures of compact BM 6 and other low, road-hugging cars such as the Audi However, barely 2 months here and I find myself drooling like a Pavlovian dog at my Porsche Cayenne. Given radiant beauty- the smell of leather within layers of metallic chromes- I can totally with regards to the lengths locals resort in order to these ultimate status Such methods include the plastic covers on the leather or leaving the price tag prominently on one of the windows.

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Interestingly, the sheer ubiquity of land cruisers is fast a unique security dilemma of for Qatar’s drivers- both and expatriate. With the streets full of such vehicles, the way to ensure one gets all the adequate against the madness that is the of driving in Qatar is to own a land that is harder, better, stronger. Perhaps featuring a machine gun turret or a bazooka to fire warning shots to drivers who make the fatal of sticking within the speed one can only imagine the possibilities in the new world of Qatar’s traffic.

COMMENT BY PROF. AMIRA #150; October 4, 2010

underscores in his letter the high of consumerism in Qatar. This small emirate imports a quantity of goods from The land cruiser is just one among others.

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