Voters gather outside a Fairfax County library in Virginia on Oct. 22, 2020 (Shabina Khatri).

I voted today! It took four tries — the previous three times the polling places were just too busy — but I arrived early today and was in and out in an hour. That’s about six times longer than it’s ever taken me to vote in the past, but this is not a typical year, far from it.

It was an honor and privilege to submit my vote in what feels like one of the most consequential presidential elections of our time.

Others in line seemed to feel similarly, based on how early people turned up — some with chairs…


My uncle with his grandkids, the day before he died. Credit: Nilofer Khatri

Last week, my uncle suddenly passed away in South Carolina. He had been in the hospital with some health complications, but seemed to rebound after his grandchildren came into town to see him. Or so we thought.

He left this world on his 74th birthday, while his daughter was buying balloons and cake at a nearby grocery store.

Now, I have a very large family, like a My Big Fat Greek Wedding family. Not counting every single relative in India, there’s at least 60 of us in the US. …


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It’s been six months since I officially said farewell to Doha News. After nine years of devouring all information related to Qatar, reporting on and editing stories that affect the community and people’s lives, it was over.

And I could breathe again.

I no longer had to stress out about what to publish on the site each day. I no longer had to stay up late, wake up in the middle of the night, sacrifice my health, weekends and time with my family and friends to keep DN going.

Gone also was the stress of worrying about the police…


It has been nearly a year since Qatar decided to censor Doha News.

Since then, we have worked hard to remain online and continue producing independent journalism, despite the blocking of our site.

But this has been financially difficult.

Faced with the prospect of shutting down Doha News, we have instead decided to bring a new owner on board who has the resources to carry on the legacy we’ve built over the last eight years.

Doha News will now be operated by Star Reputation Consulting Ltd., …


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In a rebuke to the countries boycotting Qatar, the US has suspended military exercises with its Gulf allies.

According to the Associated Press, US Central Command said the aim is to show that the military wants its allies in the region to work together.

“We are opting out of some military exercises out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness and shared regional interests,” the newswire cited Col. John Thomas, a Centcom spokesman, as saying.

Qatar is home to the largest US air base in the Middle East. President Donald Trump initially supported the blockade against Qatar in June.

But…


Mutaz Barshim. Credit: Sheikh Joaan

Silver Olympic medalist Mutaz Barshim has been shortlisted as one of the world’s top male athletes.

The high-jumping hero is among 10 men nominated for the 2017 World Athletes of the Year.

The award is given out annually by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).


By Doha News Team

Rendering of new aqua park for Qetaifan Island North. Credit: Katara Hospitality

A new luxury resort with a water park and four-star hotel will be built on an island off the coast of Lusail, Katara Hospitality announced this week.

The triangular Qetaifan Island North is expected to attract both tourists and residents.

The first phase of the project — the aqua park and 400-room hotel — should be completed by spring 2022, the state-funded hospitality group said.


By Doha News Team

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After losing her cousin to cancer last year, Qatar resident Nazma Mazhar wanted to find a way to help people battling the illness.

So the self-taught henna designer is now offering a free service to decorate the heads of women who have lost their hair to chemotherapy.

Mazhar has been free-hand painting intricate Indian and Arabic designs on women’s bodies for the last decade. But this was only usually to mark moments of celebration such as Eids or weddings.


By Doha News Team

Swallowing needle act. Credit: Norvil & Josephine

From a magic show to the reopening of the MIA Park Bazaar to an exhibition of German design and a pro-swimming competition, there’s lots going on around town this weekend.

Here are our picks:

Illusions and shadow dancing

Magic, illusions, acrobatics, singing and shadows will all feature in performances with variety act Norvil & Josephine and World of Shadows at the QNCC on Oct. 6 and 7.


Photo for illustrative purposes only. Credit: Mandalay Bay Resort

Qatari officials have denounced this week’s shooting in Las Vegas, saying they stand with the US in its efforts to “maintain security and stability.”

The attack killed at least 59 people and injured 500 others, and is being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Police said the gunman was Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old white Nevada resident who killed himself when officers stormed his hotel room.

Islamic State has claimed credit for the attack, but offered no evidence. American authorities say it appears Paddock acted alone.

Condolences

In a statement, Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed…

Shabina Khatri

Journalist, editor, story-teller.

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