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  • Day2

    Day in Doha

    October 17, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    An early arrival for a stopover in Doha. 25 hours between connecting flights meant we had to collect and recheck-in luggage, A simple task except that Doha’s ‘policy’ meant that 6 hours was the maximum luggage could be checked-in before flying! Eleven bags in a hire car was not going to be possible, so after a little persuasion we were allowed to check in the bags with the risk that they might not arrive in Nairobi
    😯.

    A tired drive to the hotel, a shower, a French breakfast in a patisserie and then we headed to the beach - it is hot - over 40 degrees, although apparently it gets to 50 degrees so today was fine! Katara beach was good and the water very warm - the best place to be as sitting on the beach was not really an option in the heat.

    After some ice cream to cool down we drove to Souq Waqif, the old traditional souq in Doha. A hive of busyness and trading, but not at all threatening with respectful traders who did not persist - perhaps reflecting the fact that Qatar is the richest country by GDP per capita. Much to Emma’s excitement there was a ‘Local Dates Exhibition’ where date producers brought their dates to be sampled - a welcome appetiser before dinner of local grilled meats and salads.

    Back to the hotel for a roof top swim. Qatar is a real mix of traditional and modern, with warm and friendly people. A night’s sleep and then to the airport to go to Nairobi, hopefully with our luggage...
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    Anna Burton

    Looks great hope you have a good flight today xxx Anna x

    10/18/19Reply
    David Burton

    What a really SUPER time you have obviously enjoyed in Doha and a fantastic experience for you all! The souk looked very interesting and especially the date exhibition. I don't think I would have managed to swim in that pool!! Have a great time xxxx

    10/18/19Reply
     
  • Day89

    DOH > ZRH

    March 24, 2020 in Qatar ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Dank des extra Frußraums in der letzten Maschine, sind wir nach 18,5 Stunden ausgeruht in Doha angekommen. Wo sonst etwa 106.000 Passagiere am Tag durch den Flughafen geleitet werden, sehen wir nur eine Handvoll bis Keine.
    Neuseeland hat mittlerweile seine Grenzen zu gemacht. Wir haben also einen der letzten Flüge erwischt... Nun nochmals 6 Stunden weiter ruhen, bis es erstmal nach Zürich geht.
    Falls alle Stricke reißen, könnten wir theoretisch ab jetzt auch nach Hause laufen.
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    Wünsche Euch weiterhin viel Glück 👍❤️🌏✈️

    3/23/20Reply
    Team Coffein

    Kommt gut Zuhause an!! 😚

    3/24/20Reply
    Luisa R.

    Woah das war ja richtig knapp mit Neuseeland!

    3/26/20Reply
     
  • Day43

    Museum of Islamic Art

    November 5, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We Uber to the Museum of Islamic Art and are amongst the first visitors of the day. We go to some of the upstairs galleries to enjoy them almost empty.

    The Museum is displaying Islamic art from the last thousand or so years from the many countries that it has touched. It is a lovely place with big, darkened galleries with pieces lit up on spot display. Space is a big feature and it's very calm.

    We share a chicken shawarma wrap and an almond croissant in the museum cafe, overlooking the city and sea. I discover the lovely outdoor space with lots of fountains. It's really warming up now, it's about 33C and there's some humidity.

    We both shattered now so Uber back to the hotel. John puts his head down and I go off for a swim. There's actually a definite chance of me falling asleep in the sun so I go back to the room to try to snooze. No chance.
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  • Day2

    Stopover Katar

    October 1, 2018 in Qatar ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Stopover am Doha Airport. Leider war die 2,5h City Tour bereits ausgebucht, weshalb es jetzt heißt 7h am Airport zu verbringen. Dank Quiet Rooms in denen ein wenig Schlaf nachgeholt werden kann, sollte das ganz gut funktionieren. ^^Read more

    Familie Zang auf Tour

    Na dann erhole dich mal gut 😊

    10/1/18Reply

    Das sieht doch gemütlich aus 😃

    10/1/18Reply
    Ines und Reinhold

    Nun sind wir auch bei Dir. Viele spannende Eindrücke und gutes Wetter 👍🏔.

    10/2/18Reply
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  • Day2

    In Doha festgesessen

    October 16, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Haben unseren Anschlussflug in Doha verpasst.
    Der nächste geht erst 24h später. Qatar Airways kommt für Hotel etc auf. Gut dass wir diesen Urlaub mal nicht soo stramm geplant haben :)

    Haben einen „traditonellen“ Markt gefunden, das Museum Islamischer Kunst und Stadien die noch flott gebaut werden.Read more

  • Day43

    To Souk Waqif

    November 5, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    It's 16.15 so time to Uber over to the Souk to be there for sunset at 16.51. More than one person has said it's so much prettier in the evenings. The traffic is heavy; this is obviously normal.

    We have a good wander around the souk. They are very civilised with absolutely no heckling or trying to get you into their shops at all! Not that there was much we would've wanted to buy : loads of plastic junk, phone stuff, swathes of material, sweets, household stuff... I thought we could try local food, maybe support some of the local ladies out the front of the souk but, you know, flatbreads with crisps sprinkled over the top and then folded into quarters really wasn't doing it for me, even if they were freshly made!

    Later on we found the camel market and the falcon souk which were nice to see. We ran across the food section with all these items we either didn't know what to do with them or simply didn't even know what they were. The souk looks lovely all lit up in the dark.

    It's Syrian for dinner. The lamb sausages with potato were the best part. Then off to the hotel for some wine as it's not widely available. 20.30 and I'm drooping, can I make 21.00? No idea if I did...
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  • Day43

    Arriving in Doha

    November 5, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    It's 05.00 local time and we're quarter of an hour off landing. It's been a long flight. I did drop off for less than an hour for which I am grateful. The seat next to me was free so I managed to twiddle myself round and curl up in a bit of a ball. Not great but better than sitting upright.

    So, the final part of our trip is about to start!

    The airport is enormous. After disembarking and walking for a good bit we see a sign saying baggage reclaim is still an 18 minute walk! Luckily there is a monorail to take us most of the way. Passports and visas are slow, but our luggage is just passing us on the carousel as we walk up.

    We duck the taxi touts at arrivals and take an official one. The traffic is crazy busy; obviously we are running into the start of rush hour. There is so much building work going on, all the road have concrete barriers along the sides to protect the contractors and everything is covered in hoardings. There's lots of hooting, and pushing and shoving, and more than once I dig my nails into my leg wincing at the too close proximity of another car.

    But we make it to the Westin Hotel in one piece, are checked in and into our room by 07.00. It's quite a nice room but has no view. Well, it does but of a large expanse of industrial flat white roof. Hardly surprising as it's costing us $25 USD, courtesy of Qatar Airlines and their campaign to get tourists to visit Doha.
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    Susan Kennerly

    Looking forward to seeing the pics of Qatar!

    11/5/19Reply
     
  • Day24

    Doha, Qatar

    November 11, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Qatar oder Katar ist ein Emirat und liegt auf der Halbinsel im Persischen Golf. Es hat im Süden eine Grenze mit Saudi Arabien und westlich liegt die Insel Bahrain. Die Landschaft Qatars besteht aus Wüste, langen Küstenabschnitten mit Stränden und Dünen. Staatsoberhaupt ist der Emir Scheich Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani von ca. 2,7 Millionen Einwohnern. Die Hauptstadt mit ihrer futuristischen Skyline ist Doha.

    Morgens laufen wir im Hafen von Doha ein. Unsere heutige Tour ist eine Wüstensafari in den Süden von Qatar mit 10 Jeeps, die jeweils für 4 Personen vorgesehen sind. "Dunes discovery", mal sehen, was uns erwartet.

    Wir sitzen zusammen mit Coron und Bob aus der Nähe von Vancouver/ Kanada im ersten Jeep, den der Tourführer Mayid, ein kräftiger Emirati fährt. Er wird die Route durch die Wüste vorgeben, in Funk- und/ oder Handy-Kontakt zu allen weiteren Fahrern stehen, denn alle anderen Jeeps folgen ihm brav.

    Dass er wirklich nur ein versierter Fahrer ist, bemerken wir schnell an seinen doch begrenzten Englischkenntnissen. Auf der Fahrt in den Süden erklärt er uns nur das absolut Notwendigste. Wir fahren auf 7 spurigen, brandneuen Autobahnen ( 7 Spuren in eine Richtung!) vorbei an den Neubauten der Fußballstadien (8 Stück) für die Fußball WM 2022. Ein modernes Metrosystem gehört genauso mit in das Stadtbild wie die Dörfer, die für die Fußballer aus aller Welt aus dem Wüstenboden gestampft wurden.

    Ungefähr eine Stunde fahren wir in den Süden, vorbei an den riesigen Öl Raffinerien und Erdgas Industrien, die von weit her sichtbar sind an den Schornsteinen, aus denen schwarzer Rauch entweicht oder loderne Flammen in den Himmel wehen. Das ist der Rohstoff, der das Land zu einem der reichsten Länder der Welt macht.
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  • Day28

    Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar

    November 28, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Doha is a large modern city, with reputedly the highest income per capita in the world (oil based). It is home to the Islamic Art museum which houses priceless exhibits from the last 1200 years, obtained from the entire Persian area. These pics show the building itself and views from it ...Read more

  • Day44

    Breakfast at Saravanaa Bhavan

    November 6, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Thaxi drops us at Saravanaa Bhavan for breakfast; it's a favourite of his. It's off the main streets and my initial thoughts is that it's a bit dodgy. But I got over that: it's ok for the road to be rough with lots of stones on it, it's ok for traffic to be going in eight different directions at once, all hooting madly, it's ok to be on some strange back street in Doha by yourself. You know, it really is ok.

    On his recommendation we order the ghee roasted dosa with a spiced potato filling and some sauce accompaniments. It arrives in next to no time and is rather good. To follow, it's medhu vada, which are crispy lentil doughnuts, with the same sauces as before. John also goes for a frothy tea. This restaurant is a good choice. Breakfast has just cost us £6. We may be back tomorrow!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Baladīyat ad Dawḩah, Baladiyat ad Dawhah, بَلَدِيَّة اَلدَّوْحَة, Ad Dawhah