In the midst of this development flurry,
A clash between kebab and curry.
Cash in one hand used for power
Giving small wages by the hour
Buildings rising from the desert’s midst
Islands give landownership a new twist.
Labor used, at times abused
Exit visas sometimes refused
Qatari national development
Ex-pats’ attempted adjustment
More than a million here to create
Something similar to
A piece of advice for those who rule
Your laborer is no fool.
He sees your extravagant style
And may be thinking all the while
“Why should I be true to them
From where should this connection stem?
I work all day and sleep at night
My normal life is just not right.
I want my children next to me,
playing, and eating candy.
I miss my spouse in my bed
I can’t shake that feeling from my head.”
And from this longing for a life
You will create a deeper strife
Perhaps now you should worry
About a clash between kebab and curry.