|The Pearl at Night|
I live here. I work here. I would venture to say that 90% of the people I work with or that we have as clients are expatriates. I don't think its a good thing to take away something that most of those people would describe as a necessary part of their quality of life.
I also don't think its a good idea to be so short sighted that you can't see the forest for the trees. Did the Qataris really think they could have restaurants, and bars that serve alcohol and not have the expats get ridiculous and some locals so tempted they can't resist? Have they never been to London on a Friday night? Or known an Australian on any given weekday?
There is no counter-revolution. There is a bunch of men with power shooting themselves in the foot. You can't have the World Cup and Wahhabi-ism too. They just don't jive.