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BBC LE Student Blogger | 11:00 UK time, Tuesday, 11 January 2011

From Cheikh, Qatar


Hello, from me, Cheikh Vall to you all and happy new year.

Many thanks to BBC LE for the chance to blog here and catch up with you again.

This year I settled in Doha and start a new job as translator at a law office.

People here in Qatar are still savoring the sip of the cup the middle east has had the chance to host for the first time.

Indeed, the Qatar winning to be the spot for 2022 World Cup was to many residents here, simply, too good to be true.

They needed sometime before they grasp the reality of a big dream coming true before their eyes.

At that unforgettable night, the whole sky was lit up.

Fireworks for the World Cup

If was not for the fire works the glittering eyes and happy hearts would disperse the dark at that momentous moment.

I was out at Doha Cornish that unforgettable evening experiencing mixed emotions hoping for almost a miracle to hear the good news and secretly preparing myself for the shook of the bad.

To our surprise, Qatar name was withdrawn from the envelop of forgotten history and announced by the head of FIFA, Plater to all residents of big football we called it earth. When we received the good news and decided to capture that joyful moment.

Celebrating the moment



  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Cheikh, nice to meet you. Do you know that the prince of your country is in my country taking part in the Dakar 2011? And he is in first place! wow! Congratulations!
    Best regards,
    Cris from Argentina

  • Comment number 2.

    Hi Cheikh , Nice to hear from you . Happy new year 2011 , Thank you for sharing Qatar people enjoyable moments with us .
    Pary from Iran

  • Comment number 3.

    Cheikh I whish for you one happy, New year.

    Rosilene- from Brazil

  • Comment number 4.

    Hi Cheikh, really words express about joyful emotions. We all love Qatar, I was exactly like you waiting to hear and inside myself feels that Qatar will be chosen. The miracle happened, it became the first arabian country to host the world cup, we can say the most important event that gathers all the people from diferent continents, countries and diversed cultures as well. i am sure it will be up to this significant event and hope always to see our arab nation representing us in all important festivals.

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Cheikh good to hear from Egypt, I left my other half of my heart in your home land. I have visited Egypt four times.
    Leila from Oulu Finland

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Cheikh,
    Nice to know from you!!!
    I am new here,until now I am not very familiar with the ways to describe my meanings by English.
    Anyway,thanks for your sharing,the fireworks were gorgeous.
    Best wishes to you,happy new year.
    Welcome to China!!!
    see you,

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Cheikh, nice to know you.
    I'm an italian football fans, i'm very happy for the 2022 cup in Quatar.
    Do you think that arabian team are ready and strong by that time.
    My best wishes for you new job. See you in 2022 a Doha?

  • Comment number 8.

    Hi Cheikh Val! Greetings to you to your new homeland. Frankly, I´ve never heard about Doha before. But, Mauretania was the same exotic for me. I remember well the spectacular place you lived there with a special charm. That are great changes in your life and I wish a briliant future for you. And, the fireworks picture is realy superb like Turner´s canvas! marianna, Slovakia

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Cheikh!
    Congratulations, getting the right to host 2022 World Cup, and I look forward to one day see on TV broadcast the World Cup in your country
    See photographs of the above, with a sky full of fireworks, lit the dark night
    Host must have pretty full with fireworks, night must be a fun night for people
    I wish you happy


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