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  • Day77

    Airport in Qatar

    November 13 in Qatar

    We just arrived in Qatar 🇶🇦 after a six hour flight. We had to wake up at 4:30 in the morning, and we had some bus trouble in the way to the airport...🚎🛫 now we have to wait three more hours until our next flight, to Chiang Mai 🇹🇭. Right now we are in the airport. The flight we just took was really fancy, (for us ;) ) and it had lots of tv shows and movies. 📺 For breakfast, we had the choice of a cheddar omelet, 🥚
    scrambled eggs, 🥚
    or pancakes 🥞 and porridge 🥣 (bleh). Lunch was chicken shawarma with a vanilla coconut sponge cupcake. I found out that I love shawarma!
    We will soon be in Thailand!!
    Chloë
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  • Day2

    Dohadration

    July 28 in Qatar

    A promotion through Qatar airways of two nights in a 5 star hotel for $50 was too good to pass up, which is how I found myself in Doha during the middle of summer, with a case of heat stroke and struggling to remember that old saying.. something about offers that sound suspiciously good??

    I love the heat, but Doha in July is something else. It’s difficult to convey how hot it is, and the temperatures I read online didn’t do it justice. The thermal mass built up in the buildings and sidewalks makes you feel like you are being grilled and roasted at the same time. When I ventured out at 10am on my first morning I came across a thermometer next to a doorway that read 48 degrees. AT 10AM!!

    Taking the hint, I took a taxi to the museum of Islamic art figuring the imposing and very geometrically attractive building down on the waterfront would be gloriously air conditioned, which it was. Almost as an added bonus it was also full of the types of impressive artefacts one would expect from one of the richest societies in the world hell bent on making themselves THE cultural hub for the region. Not sure if that goal is within reach, but they have got to do something. In 50 years they have gone from a sleepy backwater fishing port to being one of the richest countries in the world on a per capita basis. However, the oil, or the worlds thirst for it, isn’t going to last forever and, while they are trying, it’s hard to see what, if anything, will keep the money flowing.

    What a ride it’s been for the resident population though. The Qatari’s make up only 13% of the population, but they are hard to miss. Ostentatious, brash, arrogant and supremely confident, you almost feel their presence before you see them. Still wearing the traditional starched pure white garb they walk around like they.. well.. own the place, which technically they do seeing no foreigners are allowed to own freehold property. When one walks into a shop, everyone stands aside to let them to the front of the queue, it’s like the entire nonqatari population are their servants. I have rarely seen such a stratified population, there is no middle class. You can see it in the food where there are either insanely expensive cafes and restaurants, where the prices make my eyes water, or ridiculously cheap street food and local places.

    The food has been the saving grace for my time in Doha. Drawing hundreds of thousands of migrant workers (slaves) from across Asia and Africa has led to a delicious melting pot of some of the best cheap and amazing food options I have ever seen.

    Not that the rest of my time has been all bad. My opulent hotel provided a comfortable way of getting over jet lag and had 3 different pools, which were well utilised. Always a sucker for a good market, Souq Waqif gave me plenty of options for when I could face the oppressive temperatures. Entirely renovated (read rebuilt) a few years ago, the Souq thankfully retains an old school air and remains fully operational and buzzing. What sets this market apart from the others I have been too through the Middle East is the working camel, horse and, most impressively, falconry sections. Falconry is big business in Qatar, with individual falcons selling for up to $1.5 million. With such huge figures on the table, it’s little wonder that the market should have such a thriving service section, hand-making hoods and all the other accessories required to bring down whatever crazy and hardy animal that can survive out in this god forsaken climate long enough to be hunted down by a million dollars worth of talons and feathers.

    On the whole though, I wouldn’t recommend anyone visit Qatar in July. Almost makes me miss Canberra winter..

    Almost.
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  • Day1

    8 minutes!!

    December 4, 2017 in Qatar

    Arrived in Doha and I’m very impressed how clean it is, although it’s damn humid!! I started off taking a taxi to the corniche which is a promenade that over lols the city.

    Now I’m sat at the soul waqif watching the world go by, that is after waiting 8 minutes for the man to change green so we can cross!!

    Off to find some traditional food now
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  • Day10

    Dhaufahrt

    December 26, 2017 in Qatar

    Am Nachmittag brechen wir nochmal auf für eine traditionelle Dhaufahrt. Im Licht der Abendsonne - es ist zwar erst 16 Uhr, aber die Sonne geht hier um 17 Uhr unter - erstrahlt die Stadt in einem besonderen Glanz. So zum Beispiel das Museum für islamische Kunst, das architektonisch eine arabische Frau mit Burka nachahmen soll.
    Die stimmungsvollen Fotos täuschen, es ist ziemlich kalt auf der Dhau, denn es weht ein scharfer Wind übers Meer.
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  • Day16

    Souq Waqif at Night @ Doha

    November 4 in Qatar

    Ich fahre zurück zum Souq Waqif. Dort angekommen, bin ich geplättet. Hier pulsiert das Leben. Straßencafès, Restaurants und Shop versprühen ihren arabischen Charme in die temperaturmäßig laue Nacht.

    Ich schlendere durch den Markt und den Falken Souq. An einem Laden auf dem Markt sehe ich eine lange Schlange. Ich schau mich und betrachte das Geschehen. Es wird irgend etwas gekocht das wie Pfannkuchen aussieht. Ich dachte mit, ein kleine Snak kann nicht schaden. Nur das bestellen wird schwierig. Die Karte ist nur auf Arabisch.

    Ich scheine sehr ratlos und verwirrt zu wirken, da mich kurz darauf zwei Mädels die Cafè sitzen ansprechen. So lerne ich Asan und Iye kennen. Sie erklären mir was dort zubereitet wird und laden mich ein es zu probieren und Ihnen Gesellschaft zu leisten.

    Asan ist eine Engländerin mit jeminitischen Wurzeln. Ihr Mann arbeitet in Doha. Daher lebt Sie für acht Monate hier. Iye ist Kanadierin mit ägyptischen Wurzel und wohnt aktuell im Doha. Wir kommen ins Gespräch und wir unterhalten uns angenehm über quasi "Gott und Welt". Darf ich das überhaupt sagen wenn ich mich mit zwei Musliminnen unterhalte?
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  • Day17

    Souq Waqif @ Doha

    November 5 in Qatar

    Eigentlich gibt es in Doha nicht mehr viel zu tun oder sehen. Oder ich habe es noch nicht gefunden. So gönnen ich mir noch ein abschließendes Abendessen im Souq Waqif. Wenigstens steppt hier der Bär.

  • Day16

    Harbour @ Doha

    November 4 in Qatar

    Die Sonne brennt ganz schön. Ich Frage mich, wo denn eigentlich die ganzen Touris geblieben sind. Wahrscheinlich haben sich alle in Ihre klimatisierten Zimmer zurück gezogen. Nur muss hier in der Mittagssonne durch die Stadt laufen. (Anfänger Fehler) Aber es ist tatsächlich verwunderlich. Die Straßen sind wie leergefegt. Zumindest was die Leute zu Fuß angeht. Autos sind genug unterwegs.Read more

  • Day16

    Souq Waqif @ Doha

    November 4 in Qatar

    Was ich leider nicht bedacht habe bei meinem Stadtrundgang und Besichtigungstour ist dass der Markt zwischen 12.30 Uhr und 15.30 Uhr eine Mittagspause einlegt.

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