Doha – the city still being built

construction-minorSo, lets be fair, for many of us, Doha had not been known as a first choice destination.  To be honest I had to quickly google where it was when our travel agent let me know what the transit home-port would be for Qatar airlines.

The State of Qatar is a small county in the half way down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf.  Arabic is the offical language, but english is widely understood, Islam is the official religion of the country, and Shari’a is the principle source of legislation.  According to figures released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics in April 2016, the population in Qatar was 2,559,267.  Much of this population is made up of migrants, with one rumour we heard suggesting that there was only 600,000 “Qatari’s” in the country. Continue reading “Doha – the city still being built”

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Doha entertainment

constructionDoha is a city gearing up for the 2022 FIFA world cup, so while it may not appear to be a big tourist destination just yet, there are a couple quite magnificent attractions in this city of Pearls.

Firstly is the Souq Waqif, which I have already waxed lyrical on in an alternative post, but it turned out to be our go to for dinners.  We dined there two nights out of the three that we were here, with our last night being a superb Indian restaurant called Gymkhana. Continue reading “Doha entertainment”

Souq Waqif – Doha

One of the must do’s in Doha is to head to the Souq Waqif, especially at night.  It is potentially one of the only traditional Souq left in the gulf.  It is a place where you can shop, dine and explore… and the sights and smells take you back to days gone past.

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