A Shooting Star Over Baghdad
Feb17

A Shooting Star Over Baghdad

Tonight’s flight to Doha is a bit different than last night’s flight to Istanbul from Toronto. Nine out of ten passengers are men over the age of 50 and I’m one of five women. There is a lot of snoring happening compared to this morning’s cries of small children. The flight route from Istanbul to Doha is right over Baghdad and Kuwait – the Eastern side, over Iraq and Iran. Despite being an avid traveler, this thought...

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Qatar – Doha – The New and that which is to come.
Sep21

Qatar – Doha – The New and that which is to come.

A new diplomatic quarter is being built in Doha – around 50 high-rise buildings are under construction in close proximity to each other. Each building has a different design and an individual touch. This same attitude towards building new structures is behind Qatar’s bid for the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Compared to building a whole new quarter all at once, building just eight fully air-conditioned arenas shouldn’t be a problem...

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Doha, Qatar, the Old and New

Besides Souk Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar has some interesting experiences for the visitor. There is a Camel Market with the different types of camel segregated – for example Qataris buy their racing animals here. The area is scrubland/semi-desert which is full of fenced pens and the camels munch contentedly but their eyes betray a deep upset with the world. Nearby is the Omani souk, a drive through garden market...

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Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
Sep09

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha is a collection of artistic gems dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries. The building was designed by I.M. Pei, the man responsible for the Louvre Pyramid. The Museum is free to visit and is open until 11pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. It’s located on the Doha corniche near the dhow harbour and within walking distance of the recently renovated Souk Waqif, Doha’s other world-class tourist attraction....

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Souk Waqif: Doha, Qatar

Souk Waqif was restored in 2004 after years of neglect. Souk Waqif means “Standing Market,” a name that dates from the time when Doha was a village split in two by a wadi. When this waterway flooded the villagers were forced to sell their wares on the banks of the wadi with no room to sit down. The most enjoyable aspect of the souk is that it has something for tourists and locals. Visitors can be buying bric-a-brac and T-shirts...

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