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Middle East » Qatar » Doha July 21st 2019

Der zweite Tag in Doha war ganz den Museen gewidmet, derenthalben ich hergekommen war. Das National Museum ist gebaut wie eine Sandrose und ist von innen wie außen spektakulär. Thema: Quatar und Doha. Das Museum of Islamic Art ist ebenfalls ein aufregender Bau voller Kunstwerke, die mit dem Islam zu tun haben. Im Natioalmuseum war Bilge dabei, ein Türke aus der Krim, der Kabel verkauft, z.B. für die Fußballstadien Sehr interessante Gespräche. Er gibt dem momentanen Herrscher noch 2 Jahre. Abends mit Khalud zu Noor gefahren, die Hunde Gagoo und Evi waren hocherfreut über ein Unterhaltungskommite. Beide saßen auf allen Schossen, die zu besetzen waren. Noor hat gekocht, ein köstliches Reisgericht. ... read more
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Museum of Islamic Art

Middle East » Qatar » Doha July 21st 2019

Khalid holte ich mit dem Auto ab und ich erfuhr viel über das Land. Für Kataris ist der Strom kostenlos. Wenn man an die Klimaanlagen denkt, dann ist dies ein ganz schöner Batzen. Auch wenn die Menschen verreisen - was sie jetzt im Sommer gern tun, weil es so heiß und schwül ist - muss die Klimaanlage laufen, es muss wenigstens etwas gekühlt werden. Wenn nicht, dann kommt es oft zu Bränden. Passiert offenbar im Sommer oft. Wasserversorgung im Haus ist ebenfalls kostenlos, das wäre natürlich auch ein großer Happen, denn es kommt aus Meerwasserentsalzungsanlagen. Khalid trinkt Leitungswasser, ich halte mich an Flaschenwasser, aber ich gaube ihm sofort, dass Leitungsswasser auch geht. Die medizinische Versorgung ist für Kataris ebenfalls kostenlos und sie ist auf sehr hohem Stand. Allerdings meckern die Leute rum, weil nicht jeder ein ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha July 19th 2019

Der Abflug war um 9.45, also waren wir schon früh untewegs. Sammy und Wolfgang begleiteten mich bis ich in der Flughafen S-Bahn saß, weil ich sooo viel Gepäck hatte und es sooo unhandlich war. Sammy war etwas verwirrt und flitzte noch schnell zu mir in die S 1, ich nusste ihn mit Gewalt wieder rausschieben. Er konnte sich nicht entscheiden, mit wem er jetzt fahren sollte, der arme Hund. Beim Einchecken unterhielt ich mich dann mit der betreffenden Frau, ich erzählte ihr von meinen Plänen, sie erzähte mir von ihren Krankheiten. Ganz zum Schluss sagte sie zu mir: "Ich habe Ihnen einen Gangplatz gegeben. Ist das recht?" War mir nicht, ich wollte Fenster, schließlich war es ja ein Tag-Flug. Und dann endete ich mit einer ganzen Sitzreihe nur für mich, inklusive Fensterplatz. Ich war SEHR zufrieden! ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha June 16th 2019

We would never get use to this terrible heat. As soon as you leave the hotel it hits you. A curtain of hot air greats you and there is now way you get away from it. Even in the shade the hot air follows you. There is no colour in the buildings. They all have this grey shade over them. Of course the dust that hangs over the city is no help. The buildings all have flat roofs, no bricks or tiles, all flat roofs that they use for TV discs and other electric equipment so as air-conditions etc. You certainly have them here. Except in the souq. There they use these enormous fans to sort of keep a cool air going. We decided to visit the museum of Islam Art. Not that far away from ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha June 14th 2019

We had a good flight and arrived in Doha at 6 a.m.We had again a problem leaving Adelaide with security. They took Liz little suitcase completely apart looking for something that was detected going through the X-ray. We found out later it was a small plate of a church in Haarlem Liz wanted to give to somebody in for it had no value to us. It was a hold up but apart from that there were no other problems. No problems at all in Doha where we arrived in a very hot morning and had to look for a cab to take us to the hotel that was close to the old city.We were ushered to a nice room with walk in shower. Liz went for a snooze while I tried to set up the internet ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha May 22nd 2018

Well, here we go. After an afternoon shopping in CapeTown’s upmarket waterfront last night, obviously punctuated by the odd glass of Paarl estate Sauvignon Blanc to ease the stress of parting with hard earned cash, we had our last African dinner in a sauve Belgian Restaurant (Den Anker) recommended by our Safari pals, Bruce and Nancy. And very nice it was too. Needless to say, on our taxi drive to the airport, the sun was shining again and we had a great view of table mountain from the taxi window!! Ah well, next time maybe. If we’re spared. So now writing this in the air somewhere over Mombassa, about an hour from crossing the equator and need to fill the sink to do the old down the plughole thing…..you know, south, anti-clockwise, north clockwise…..or is it ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha February 8th 2018

I hadn't visit Qatar for 15 years and to be honest it wasn't a very memorable place then but the city has grown. From the nice new airport to the nicely designed museums near the harbour I was pleasantly surprised. After arriving at the hotel I met up with a colleague and we set out to explore the city with the award winning Islamic Art museum the number one priority. The museum sits on a piece of land jutting out into to the harbour and is an impressively modern building with three floors of wonderful Islamic art, we spent several hours enjoying the collection. As we departed the sun was setting so we decided to take a boat trip on the harbour the new city with its many architecturally unique buildings was lit up on the ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 27th 2017

We arrived in Doha this morning, the capital of Qatar, at 1.30am, temperature hovering at around 30 degrees. Construction of Hamad International Airport was only completed in 2014, in a bid to solidify the city's diversification into the tourism industry, and away from it’s dependence on oil and gas. Hamad features two of the longest runways in the world. We were collected from the airport by our Hotel Shuttle service, arriving at the hotel at 2.45am. After setting the alarm for 8.30am, we crashed in bed. After enjoying a buffet breakfast at our Golden Ocean Hotel, we asked for a map of the city, and set out on our morning walk. We headed for the Corniche, the bay that Doha is located on, to take photos across to the West Bay area, where most of the ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 3rd 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! Today I once again started in a very leisure pace with a dip in the pool of the compound. I tried to contact Kerry's jet ski guy but got no reply and with the desert tour costing an arm and a leg I went for the free museum option that I had checked out yesterday. Since I still had value left on my bus card I decided to go to the centre by bus. It turned out though that google maps had the location of the bus stop wrong due to the construction work so I ended up missing the first bus and spent a lovely half hour sitting together with a local in the shade of a traffic sign, stubbornly waving off taxi after taxi. When the bus finally came I ... read more
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Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 2nd 2017

Hello my fellow travellers! I started with a leisure pace today, taking a few laps in the pool of the compound that Kerry and Trudi live in. My plan for the day was to go to Katara, which is a really cool area currently being built that is sort of a mix between Islamic and Roman building influences. Since there are no bus going there Trudi actually arranged for an Uber to get me there, my very first Uber ride! At Katara there is still a lot of constructions going on so there are many areas that are off limits but even the areas that are open sort feel like and empty shell. It's grand and beautiful but it doesn't carry the same feeling as the old Roman structures of the mosques of old. There is ... read more
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