The Qatari Layover

The ringleader in traditional garb speaks in short, concise shouts of Arabic. He holds the floor. Another blows the smoke from the hookah pipe into his face and he easily retaliates. No shame there.

His deputy to his left motions to a group of western women and their flowing hair who’ve made an entrance. They stare longingly. The Ray Ban designer eyeglasses on the deputy fog up at just the right moment, thoughts of hair invading his mind the same moment a thick puff of smoke wafts toward his face.

It’s my third çay and second hour in the State of Qatar. And much more awaits.

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Yaël Ossowski is a Canadian-American journalist and writer living in Vienna. He is founder and editor of Devolution Review, deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty. He was previously a national investigative reporter at Watchdog.org. He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the CEVRO Institute in Prague and a Bachelor's in Political Science from Concordia University, Montreal. Born in Québec and raised in the southern United States, he currently lives in Vienna, Austria, and his writings have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets across the world in multiple languages.
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