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Middle East » Qatar » Doha May 20th 2017

Up very early and a flight to Doha, Qatar. Once in Qatar, there is a 15 hour layover and the temperature is 40 degrees with 60% humidity. Escorted to a hotel 10km away, the boulevards of Doha are covered in sand and the shops sparkle with opulence. On arriving, we receive a cup of Arabic coffee mixed with spices and served with dates. We had initially planned to carry on our adventure in the Middle East to Jordan and beyond but that is just not in the cards at this time. Perhaps on our next visit. Later, flying with Qatar Airways, near the end of the flight at around eight am, Chris and I are asked to come to the front cabin. The stewards have put together a birthday cake, handmade signed card, and champagne to ... read more
Desert to Sea
Oil still rules in Qatar
Arabic coffee with dates - great flavours

Middle East » Qatar » Doha March 4th 2017

So here I am on the road again, this time en route to the Middle East countries of Oman, Israel and Jordan. I was able to secure a very attractive flight with Qatar Airways, arriving in Muscat and departing on the way home from Amman, with a transit in Doha each way. The transit on the way was 6 hours, which is much longer than desirable, but my research have given me a great option to spend that time. Or so I thought! Qatar Airways offers a free City Tour service (including transit visa) from Doha airport, which takes 3 hours and is available for any passenger who has a transit stop of six hours or more. Given my stop was between 3pm and 9pm, I found out there was a tour between 4pm and 7pm, ... read more
Dhows on the Corniche at sunset
The Museum of Islamic Art
Doha city skyline behind a group of Dhows

Middle East » Qatar » Doha February 24th 2017

Geo: 25.2819, 51.5175... read more

Middle East » Qatar » Doha January 18th 2017

Middle East » Qatar » Doha June 15th 2016

We sat in our hotel room most of the time and waited for the evening so we could go to the City Centre shopping mall. Downstairs in the lobby we talked to the reception who ordered a cab for us and as they said for a special price, Ha Ha. So nice you can talk a different language for I mentioned to Liz that the person behind the desk could be a brother of Obama. Must have been mentioned before, for he smiled and understood what I said. The cab took us to the centre of Doha. Stepping out, you feel dwarfed by the enormous tall buildings that surrounds you. For a moment you feel lost. You need time to take it all in. Than the moment arrives you want to take photos so you never ... read more

Middle East » Qatar » Doha June 13th 2016

Yes we are on the go again and as first stopover we landed in Qatar. We have not been here before and flying with Qatar airways we thought it was a good idea to see where in a few years time the World soccer is taking place. We landed early in the morning and found out we have to take the stairs to leave the plane. A bit old fashion but that could improve in next few years. At the Immigration we had to buy a Visa for around $35 per person to enter the country. A taxi took us to the Hotel not that far from the Airport where we arrived at 3.30 a.m. Not many people there so we were quickly ushered to our room where had a coffee and made plans for the ... read more

Middle East » Qatar » Doha April 7th 2016

My first ever stop in the Arabian Peninsula would be the city of Doha in Qatar. Over the last few years, Doha has been growing almost exponentially and has a massive expat population. When the crude was flowing, this country could spend money at will. My Qatar airlines flight arrived in the early afternoon and I immediately got a visitor visa on arrival. This was technically a long layover so may as well go out and explore a new place. Hamad International airport is one of the most advanced airports in the world since opening a few years back, and had everything I could of imagined. They even had international banks throughout so I wouldn't have ATM issues like I've had in many other places. I found the airport bus heading into the city. Another traveller ... read more
Danny in Doha
Sunset Over the Dhows

Middle East » Qatar February 13th 2016

Geo: 25.2793, 51.5224Today, we woke to the sounds of the rain forest, including a variety of tropical songbirds. After breakfast, we travelled once more by long-tail boat back to our vehicles for the drive to Phuket Airport, where we met our departing flights.... read more

Middle East » Qatar » Doha February 8th 2016

I was not supposed to visit Doha this year...but plan changed! It was only a year ago that we spent a great day with Tiffany and Leslie here on our way to Georgia. This time the trip was not planned, but still a great day. I arrived on a short 20 minutes flight with British Airways. No time for any food....that was in the basic lounge, but they have nice bubbles! Once in Doha, the bus network has improved...and now, it takes only 25 minutes to go from the airport to the door of the W hotel, for less than 3usd return...a bargain, why take a taxi! Last year I wanted to bring the kids to do some dune 4x4...but the price was way too steep. Today, I ask the concierge if they had a car ... read more
Dunes riding in Doha...
Krug time, I call this, drink your flight ticket price!
Welcome to Doha

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