Working as photographer covering the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship in Qatar (I)

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DAVID ALIAGA/ Three weeks covering the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship in Qatar. Time flies. Last January the 12th I was flying from Barcelona to Doha, via Dubai, and today, I just got home. This World Championship will remain in the fan’s minds as the one where Qatar, the host nation, reached the Final, and it was close to win it. Remembering the official twitter hashtag, #liveitwinit, or the billboards around the highways of Doha, ‘Qatar deserves the best’. Well, almost. They were close. Really close… First thing that impressed me when I arrive to the main venue, Lusail Multipurpose Hall, was the building design, remind us the traditional ‘keffiyeh’ with the cords or tassels around. here you can see a man looking the Doha skyline with the traditional red and white ‘keffiyeh’, also denominated as ‘ghutrah’, ‘shemagh’, ‘ḥattah‘ ,’mashadah’, ‘chafiye’. ‘sudra’ or ‘cemedani’.

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Well, at least it reminds me a ‘keffiyeh’ but in the official Qatar Handball 2015 website they say, and I quote: main characteristic, the distinctive Dia/Grid which is made of glass, colored after the representative elements of Qatar, the sand, the pearl and the sea water. The building was designed by the architects of Dar Al Handasah Consultants, and the main hall capacity is 15.300 spectators. In the next picture… the impressive Lusail Multipurpose Hall…

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Stay tuned, more posts about Qatar Handball 2015 coming…