A story about typical Qatari youth....
I'd like to relay my experience on the roads of Doha last night. I'm sure many here will empathise with the perils we regularly face.
A group of us, all expatriates living in Qatar, spent a very pleasant evening enjoying a delicious dinner at one of Doha's prestigious restaurants. A joyous time was had by all. At the end of the evening, probably close to midnight, we said our farewells and got into our cars to make our way home. In my car i was joined by one of my friends requiring a lift back to his compound.
As we made our way back through the dark throughways, the hotel whence our journey started being in the outskirts of the city, I encountered a typical scene in Doha; a vehicle with blazing headlights speeding up behind me, lights flashing like it's going out of fashion. Considering I was approaching a round-about, I decided to stead my course. As I navigated the round-about, the lights stayed fixed in my mirror, flashing incessantly. What exactly does this driver want me to do?..we pondered; it's a round-about!
As I left the round-about, the vehicle continued to follow, inches behind my tail, flash flash flashing away.
As is sometimes my wont, I decided to teach this impatient autoist a mild lesson in fortitude. So i started to slow down. All that flashing was making me nervous and I've heard it can induce epilepsy. Best be safe here, i thought.
After a few moments with my speed lowered, i moved cautiously into the next lane not wishing to upset the capricious vehicle with any sudden movements. The road is yours my brave road warrior, godspeed to you, i thought.
Instead and to our surprise, the vehicle moved directly behind me into the next lane and continued to flash with even greater vigour. My friend and I looked at each other puzzled and tried to make out who they were. It was clearly not a police car, unless they were undercover? Had i upset someone earlier in our journey unbeknownst to me? Without reaching a conclusion, we made a decision. Let's see what where this goes. So i pulled over and parked up. The vehicle pulled up behind me.
In my mirror, i saw the figures of 2 young Qatari youth, dressed in full Qatari garb, rushing out of their car with urgent intent, bearing down upon us. Instinctively, we both jumped out of our car and moved to confront the two. This is what happened.
The first Qatari rushed up and proclaimed, "my friend there is petrol leaking from your car! We've been following you trying to get you to stop! Look here..."
He crawled onto the floor with his impeccable white thobe and tried to identify the source of the leak.
His friend, the second Qatari, with equal concern for our well being asked me, "friend do you have a fire extinguisher? Let us find it!". He rushed into my car and started searching for the fire extinguisher.
Meanwhile, my friend and I stood bemused by the roadside. The first Qatari shouted, "I see it! I see the leak, it is from the fuelpipe just here", he gestured to us. His friend shouted out, "i cannot see any extinguisher! This is not good! We need to have an extinguisher". He continued he search.
The first Qatari turned to me and said "friend, you cannot drive this car, please do not drive this car. It is not safe. Where do you need to go?"
We spent the next few minutes debating our next move, and decided to call one of the other friends we'd just left from the dinner engagement.
We thanked these Qatari friends for their concern and assured them we were able to continue our journey. With some reluctance, they asked us to take care shook our hands and were on their way.
The world would be a nicer place with more youth like this.
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