Posted by: lindsaygoes | November 5, 2016

Seeing Qatar

Sunday 30th October 2016
Budapest, Hungary to Doha, Qatar

We flew out of Budapest this morning and flew to Qatar. The line to get through passport control was very slow, should have got my book out and done some reading!

Once we got to our hotel it was fairly late so we just had a bit of a walk to find some dinner and then went to bad.

Monday 31st October
Doha, Qatar

This morning we went out to do some sightseeing, but seriously underestimated some of the distances on the map. Turned out what we had assumed was a fairly short walk from our hotel to the Museum of Islamic Art, was around 5 kilometres, which was made more unpleasant by the heat and the fact that it isn’t a city that is designed for pedestrians. We reached the museum just before it opened and once we got in, it was really nice to get out of the heat. The museum was really interesting, there was a huge range of art, but it was also beautifully presented, with the artworks gently spotlit in darkened galleries. The building itself was also magnificent.


After the museum, we decided that taxis would be the best way to get around for the rest of the day, and caught one to Katara, a cultural village in Doha. There wasn’t much going on when we were there, and it’s still under construction, so most of the people we saw were construction workers. The area has reconstructions of traditional buildings, so it was fairly pleasant to walk around, if a bit surreal.

Once we had finished walking around Katara we decided we wanted some lunch, so got in another taxi and headed to the Villagio, a Venetian themed shopping mall. I’m not a huge shopper, but it was air conditioned, had a mock canal and an ice skating rink, so it was an interesting stop. I probably would have appreciated it more if it hadn’t taken over an hour to get there in Doha’s traffic.
Then we headed back to our hotel, had a bit of a rest and then took another taxi to Souk Wakif, the main market of Doha. It had lots of little alleyways to get lost in, and a high variety of clothes, handicrafts and souvenirs. Definitely worth a visit, and we also got some dinner while we were there.

Souq Wakif

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Tuesday 1st November 2016
Doha, Qatar to home

This morning we had a day tour booked around the North of Qatar. Our first stop (after getting out of the city) was Al Khor, an older city of Qatar which has a lot of fishing boats, a boat building yard and some mangroves. We had a few brief stops where we saw the fishing boats, the boat yard, some mangroves and a bit of a view along the waterfront.

Our next stop was the Jumail, a fishing village which was abandoned in the 1970s, and was reached via an unpaved rocky track. It is crumbling away, but an interesting spot, it was just a shame that there was so much rubbish around.

Jumail Village

Then we drove to Zubara Fort, which was built in 1938 and has just been renovated. There were some interesting exhibits on the local culture and archeological findings as well as a small (well air-conditioned) museum on the pearl diving industry next door. Once we were done we headed back to the car to find our guide/driver was looking under the car as there was a moderate volume of liquid dripping out of it. After a bit of a smell test we decided it wasn’t anything to worry about (hopefully) and headed back to Doha. We got back safe and sound and got dropped off at the City Center Mall, which also had an ice skating rink and some options for lunch.

Zubara Fort

Then it was back to our hotel, where we kindly had a late check out so we could ha be a shower and get changed before heading for the airport to go home.

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