Orry and I


Since I still can’t get over how ugly Orry is, I decided to take a picture with him just for the sake of it. For non-Qatari residents, Orry is the mascot that was chosen for the 2006 Asian Games that will be held in Doha. The organizers are proud of Orry:

Constructed over 40 days, the statue took no less than 400 litres of paint, nearly 8 tonnes of steel and 40 blocks of 2 x 8 x 16 foot polystyrene, to bring to life the embodiment and symbolic personality of the games.

This mammoth, hideous creature now occupies a very dominant place along Doha’s lovely Corniche. Right next to him is a huge digital clock counting down the number of days, hours and minutes remaining until the games begin. Neat idea, but Orry is just ugly, ugly, ugly!


  1. Roba March 4, 2005 at 7:48 pm

    Hehe, I must strongly strongly agree. Yel3an shekelhom 3a heik zo2…

  2. Linda March 4, 2005 at 10:10 pm

    hey, i think it is so cute. hehehe. and natasha, what is this you are losing too much weight. but you look great.

  3. natasha March 4, 2005 at 10:37 pm

    Linda, I wish! I only lost 1 kilo since I started the stupid diet. Hopeless case!

  4. Linda March 4, 2005 at 10:53 pm

    well u look great!

  5. Natasha March 4, 2005 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks:) Blush Blush:)

  6. Ahmed March 5, 2005 at 3:37 am

    I don’t think it looks that bad. It is cute. If it was up to you, what would you choose?

  7. Natasha March 5, 2005 at 3:50 am

    You have to see him up, close and personal to realize how ugly he is;-) If it was up to me I will not choose an Oryx for a mascot and will definitely not call him “Orry”

  8. Chan'ad March 5, 2005 at 8:23 am

    I’m just wondering… is “Orry” his name in Arabic also? How is it spelled?

  9. natasha March 5, 2005 at 11:19 am

    Yes it is “Orry” in Arabic as well, but Oryx in Arabic is al-maha, I think;-)

  10. amal March 5, 2005 at 7:43 pm

    It is definately Jeff’s great photography that makes ‘Orry’ look half-decent. It’s as hideous as Natasha describes.

  11. d4v3 March 7, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    What’s so hideous? The size? So what do you think of the smaller Orry statues in the malls nowadays? I really like those.

  12. chocolate milkshake October 16, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    eda ma kan 3ajbek lesh et9awarity ma3ah >.>

  13. Punket November 8, 2006 at 6:29 am

    lol d4v3 your right why the heck did that girl take a pic with Orry if she doesnt like him šŸ˜› Orry is really cute actually cuter than “”HER”” ,,,i dont really care i swear i dont wanna get pissed over her calling orry ugly,,, if you have nothing good to say about Cute Orry then dont say nothing at all i swear people like you freakin piss me off

  14. ahmed May 18, 2007 at 7:06 am

    hehe , they should have let me to design one ^^
    yeah he was ugly , but we will miss him šŸ™ and we will miss the Asian games 2.
    It is once in a life time šŸ™
    I like your blogs, thanx alot 4 writing such blogs about my country šŸ™‚
    keep it up

  15. Orry June 29, 2007 at 12:51 am

    Hey!!!…that Orry isn’t damn near as sexy as me!


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