A freshwater well sits in the fort and the scattered remains of a village can be found nearby.
Al Rakayat is the Arabic word for ‘well’ and it’s believed that the fort was built to protect the essential sources of water in the area.
After I finish speaking to you, I'm going out dancing. I had never left the United States before I left for Qatar. Of course, you still have occasional lazy students who don't do their work, and won't get the automatic A they think they will get in an art class. There is disparity everywhere (not always the same, but economic, religious), but here, it's very checked.
(Well, I've been to Canada.) I currently work as an art teacher for high school students. The Qatari government keeps things under a fine check that no one is willing to cross, so I feel safe from being robbed.
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, north west of Doha, is one of several desert forts dating back to the 19th century, and one of the few that were renovated during the 1980s.
I feel safe leaving my purse in a restaurant, but at the same time, I think, "What am I thinking? I've never felt unsafe here, I am in an apartment provided by the school, in a building housing its single employees. In fact, I have as big a space as my friends who have bought a place back home.
[Housing is commonly provided for expatriate staff everywhere in the Middle East.] So I'm only with colleagues — you live with everyone you work with, which leaves you with not a lot of privacy. The quality of buildings in Qatar is not very good, but having so much space is really good.
I am more extroverted here in Doha than I was back home in the United States.
I am working full-time and working on my Master's, so right now I'm doing more studying and in-house work, but I do get out nights and evenings. I go back to the United States, and I forget some of my defense mechanisms.