When? October 2014
How? Private car and walking
Who? Work trip
I got to see Qatar for the car on my two hour round trip into work each day. There was a lot of flat desert. It’s an offshoot of the Saudi Arabian peninsula- mucky brown earth in most directions. Failing that building sites – or both – the new stadia for the World Cup.
In the evenings I strolled along the corniche, past the vast silhouette of the limestone Islamic Museum and watched the sky scrapers light up in turn against the dusky bay. The air was balmy at that time of year in the evenings. Still very hot during the day. Most of the city felt very modern and yet alien. There was a small tourist area with a tent and camels and a souk that was much more atmospheric and some little side streets with local cafes and shish. The most fascinating part was the falconry quarter. Whole sections of hooded birds, roles reversed, waiting to be preyed on by human buyers.
There was alcohol to be had in the bigger hotels- on presentation of your passport. But I was happy with the lemon and mint refresher that the locals drink.