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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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  • Day77

    Airport in Qatar

    November 13, 2018 in Qatar ⋅ 🌬 26 °C

    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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  • 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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  • Day44

    The Qatari Museum

    November 6, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Our taxi drops us in the Qatari Museum car park but we wander around wondering if we're even in the right place. There are no signs at all and the ground is just unfinished. It was only opened a few months ago so we'll put it down to teething problems.

    Once we find our way in, this building details the history of Qatar over the millennia. It's quite nicely done but I prefer the Islamic Art one from yesterday. The light coloured beautiful rug in the photos is actually embroidered with about 1.5 million Basra pearls! Again, there are no signs, even for fire exits but we do run across the hidden away reproduced fort whilst we're trying to find our way out.

    After that it's a very slow taxi back to the hotel. We're sick of this traffic. It takes so long, there's so much of it, the traffic lights have lengthy waits. It's tedious and not that safe. Horns are used a lot here, and abs.

    I'm now sitting by the pool again, enjoying the sun on the final afternoon. We've got a nice infinity pool but it's a shame infinity finishes 15' away with a hedge. As the sun comes off the pool we move to the pool bar for a drink and a plate of hot meze.

    We're bored with fighting the traffic so spend our evening in the rooftop bar with snacks. But we're still on Oz time so it's early to bed for us again.
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  • 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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  • Day3

    Souq Waqif - Peepshow

    October 25, 2019 in Qatar ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    Souq Waqif - hier direkt im Souq war auch unser kleines Hotel.
    Neben Goldsouq, Camelsouq, vielen Restaurants aus allen denkbaren arabischen Länder, gibt es hier auch einen Falcon Souq einschl. mehrstockigem Falken-Hospital.
    Der Falke hat hier wohl sehr viel mit gesellschaftlichem Status zu tun und kann auch mal 6 stellige Eurobeträge kosten - health insurance kommt dann noch extra dazu :-)Read more

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Day2

    Dohadration

    July 28, 2018 in Qatar ⋅ ☀️ 37 °C

    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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