We visited here on a stop over on the way home for the summer, mainly to visit friends, but also to see what's what.
I have to say, what an excellent little destination. After the humidity of Bangkok, the heat was almost refreshing. It's a little hotter than Bangkok but its a dry heat so it is actually not too unpleasant to walk around in (for short distances anyway!) and lounging by the pool is a top way to spend a couple of hours.
Really, really nice food and a relaxed atmos (certainly compared to nearby Dubai, anyway). The highlight of our stay was the Museum of Islamic Art. It's not really Islamic art but art from Islamic countries. It's not the largest collection, but what they do have on display is just amazing. Well worth an afternoon of anyone's time. The building is supposed to like a woman wearing a Burqa and, for once, I can see what the architect meant. Usually, when they say a building is supposed to reflect such-and-such an idea or theme, one is left thinking 'Really?'
And, as ever, it is the details that make the building, like this Islamic inspired window.
The MIA overlooks the Persian Gulf and right next to it is the mooring for the Dow's that, I assume, now fish for tourists rather than pearls but you never know. Over the way from the dows is the modern Qatar skyline. Again, I thought it more interesting than many. They seem to have gone for interesting rather than just massive. There were very few massive rectangular blocks. It was a bit hazy when we were there so you don't really get the full wow of it.
Obviously, being an Islamic country there are mosques. I loved the minaret on this one.
This mosque backs onto a Souk (well, fronts on, really!). This is a reproduction of what they think a souk would have looked like in the past. I have to say that it is not a bad job and is nice mix of tourist trap and local hangout, with lots of really nice cafes and restaurants. They obviously put a lot of thought into trying to mimic traditional building styles...
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.