Blogs from Doha, Qatar, Middle East


Middle East » Qatar » Doha April 9th 2015

The white Land Cruiser approached the rear of our saloon car, flashing its lights. I was overtaking a small bus filled with low-paid immigrant workers. The men were heading back to their work camp after completing their latest twelve hours of on one of the highway developments going on all across Qatar. Outside, a flat expanse of brown sand and marching electricity pylons filled the view: a typical scene outside the major towns. In the distance, a red sun was rapidly disappearing over the horizon. Flash! Flash! Flash! The Land Cruiser was almost upon me, but I was still passing the bus in the second lane, my foot pressed flat down on the accelerator. A few workers wearily gazed at me, blankness in their eyes, tiredness on their faces. FLASH! FLASH! FLASH! ... read more

Middle East » Qatar » Doha March 23rd 2015

Well, it looks like I actually some semblance of a social life here in Qatar at the moment. I am midway through a busy month with lots of plans. Brazilian Steakhouse One of my favorite restaurants is Rodrizio at the Crowne Plaza. They are so friendly, and while it is quite expensive, the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is great. Flanery loves steak so he has been wanting to go back for a while and I wanted to take my new geologist to dinner one night, so we went Thursday. They have an excellent Malbec that I have with my dinner, but the various types of meat are the star. I think they just season the meat with salt and it is so delicious! They have everything: chicken, lamb, top sirloin, bottom sirloin, etc. Yum ... read more
Beautiful sunset
Horse rides on the beach
After the freezing ocean plunge

Middle East » Qatar » Doha March 18th 2015

One of the best ways to meet people here in Qatar is to get to know the people you work. Sure, you can find community groups of people from your own country, but work is the best way to expand your horizons. I am happy to say that I have friends found at work from the US, England, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa, Egypt, Croatia, Wales, New Zealand, Lebanon, Jordan, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Nepal, etc... Desert Camping This past weekend, a group of us work friends decided to do one of those desert camping adventures. It was 360 riyals per person (around $100) where they would take us to a desert camp and provide us with dinner and breakfast, a pool, and a tent. Thirteen of us opted to go for Friday the 13th. We met at ... read more
Love the potty signs
Group photo!
Melinda's baby shower

Middle East » Qatar » Doha March 4th 2015

I have not been able to travel much in the last few months, which has been a bummer. But to keep you up to date with my life, here are some anecdotes of life in Qatar… Octoberfest For this ritual, I went to Abu Dhabi with Jamie, meeting up with Addi at a hotel on Yas Island. Our room was pretty awesome - a one bedroom suite with a view of our party location for the next day. Both nights, the hotel next to us had a raging party with disco balls, bright lights and techno music. Not sure what was going on there! It was actually a good weekend to chill as we were just planning for the festival with no other plans - so we slept in, got a good breakfast, and slowly got ... read more
Thanksgiving at MIA

Middle East » Qatar » Doha February 14th 2015

Can you, or can we write a blog for spending 24 hours in there something to write, or to see in Doha...and what are we doing here for 24 all those questions, trust me, there is only one answer...could we have 36 hours in a single day...please! The kids have already been on a Qatar Airways plane, but it was a first for me. Tiffany and Leslie have their week of school holidays, so we are heading on the road again. This trip will not be on the glamour side, neither on the bubbles one...rather discovering some out of the way places. I have few miles to use...that's not a surprise for anybody, so we are using them this time on Qatar, with a 24 hours lay-over in Doha. First impression of Qatar Airways ... read more
Souq Waqif
Leslie y Tiffany...
Doha by night...

Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 16th 2014

Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar officially opened for business in late May 2014. While at that point, all commercial flights were then flying from there, there was and still is a lot of work to be done. It has been interesting to note the changes at the airport in the last five months, including the opening of the food court and many shops. I went tonight and there was definitely much more going on. I was actually thinking before I went to the airport, "golly it would be so nice to have a table that is not for food, but in a business area, where I can do my borehole logging." And bam! I saw one on the way to my gate! Like, I wish I were making this up, but it was comical to ... read more
#6:  Ronald Reagan International Airport, Washington, DC
#10:  Orlando International Airport, Florida
#14:  Dubai International Airport

Middle East » Qatar » Doha October 8th 2014

Blog Entry Two. The first day of our trip entailed a very long flight from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Doha, Qatar on Qatar Airlines. Our goal is to make this blog funny and entertaining, but to be honest, the humor potential of a 13+ hour plane journey is limited. Maybe its better if we just give you that facts. We departed from O'Hare on time on a Qatar Airlines 777.Qatar Airlines prides itself on the quality of its service, and we all agree that if you need to endure a 13 hour slog over the arctic and most of Europe, Qatar is the way to go. Seats were comfortable ... with plenty of leg room ... and the food and the service were excellent. We arrived at Doha's shiny new airport (only 6 months old) ... read more
Interior of Qatar Airways 777
Doha International Airport

Middle East » Qatar » Doha September 9th 2014

Middle East » Qatar » Doha September 9th 2014

Hello people, well here it is our first blog to you all the way from Doha airport, we arrived safe and well after our 7 hour flight from manchester. As I write this it's currently 02.10am and our connecting flight to cape town is at 06.45! So we've had a little walk around the airport which is massive and very impressive. We still can not believe we're on our way to start this amazing adventure and we would like to thank everyone for all your love and support. Alex and Hannah... Thank you for the money and the lovely letters, we read, as instructed on the plane and we both had a little tear! Adele, Paul, Rory & Stacy it was lovely to lose our Skype virginity to you from Doha. Any way hopefully our next ... read more

Middle East » Qatar » Doha August 23rd 2014

The only thing that has really changed much in the last few months is that we've hired new Project Managers, which means that I have new people to play with. So, life has been a bit more interesting and I don't feel the need to go to Dubai every other week anymore. In fact, I have not been to Dubai in about six weeks, which is very unusual, but for once, I am ok with it. Work, as usual, has been busy with lots of ongoing projects, rig breakdowns, and troublesome clients. I think this is by far the most depressing part of my job: the clients. I have a few amazing clients that talk to me like a professional or a person. But there are some clients who treat me like a dog. I actually ... read more
Fuwairit beach
Fuwairit Beach
Trashed beach...

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