Ian Edelman in Doha

Expat exploits in Qatar

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Fairer and more confident

I have always found supermarkets in foreign lands fascinating… the mixture of the familiar coupled with the unusual. Qatar is no exception.

I thought I would have a regular post showing items from the shelves that caught my attention.

Skin lightening products on shelf

To the right of the shampoo section I came across the skin lightening products. For the extremes of skin lightening you need look no further than Michael Jackson. Skin lightening creams do big business in India. Qatar has a large population from the Indian sub-continent.Skin lightening product

A search on the internet provides a many pages advertising creams as pages detailing the risks and damage caused by using these products. Clearly there are a myriad of social pressures which make some darker skinned people want whiter complexions at the risk of damaging their skin and their health.

As a white skinned European, who spends a week or two every year sunbathing whilst on holiday, I am not going comment, just record products that make me stop and look.


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Made to measure

Last week I took a shirt to one of the many local tailor shops within a short walking distance of our apartment. I asked if they could make one up to an identical pattern in the material of my choice.

Samra Tailors

They said it would cost 150QR (£24). I left the shirt, paid for the work and was told I should come back on 1 January. New Years Day is not a public holiday in Qatar so everything is open as usual.

Inside Samra Tailors

Today, after work, I went round the Samra Tailors to collect the shirt. It looked a perfect replica, albeit in a different material. When I got it home it fitted perfectly, matching the original exactly.

Ian wearing the shirt

The original shirt from Territory Ahead cost around £40 plus the postage from the USA, so I will be going back next week to get a couple more made in other fabrics.