I've always been of the Mike Ryoko school of travel: all folk wisdom comes from taxi drivers. So getting into a cab is getting into a conversation. And here in Qatar, the first topic almost always is Doha's famous Zig-Zag towers:
And the punchline usually is identical: "Do the elevators zig-zag too?"
Obviously not, but rumor has it the towers -- which are apartments -- are a poor place to live--even at "ghetto prices".
Like everything in Qatar, the Zig-Zag towers today are dolled-up with signage exhorting success in Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup. Here's the towers now (forgive my poor night-time snapshot from a cell-phone camera):
Nice plumage, the Qatari football Zig-Zag.