Qatar is the richest country in the Middle East ( As reported by Forbes) and so i decided to take a trip and see for myself. Opulence is everywhere. You will land in Doha at the new Hamad International Airport where at every corner a delight awaits you , be it a huge yellow teddy bear ( not the prettiest thing you ever saw -but a sight you never forget) or giant screens and every designer store you can think of ,everything you see here is modern and very high tech. English is widely spoken and unlike what you may have heard this is a place where you feel safe and even women can safely travel without being hassled. If you have a few days in Qatar make sure you catch some of these must see sights.
The Souk Waqif
Better by night this is a maze of paved streets that bring together exotic vendors to lure you into buying everything and anything you can think of from jewelry to souvenirs, food items , spices clothes and even animals!
hang out at the Souk and people watch while eating a delicious plate of Baba Ganoush or sipping some sweet tea.Plenty of restaurant choices , a museum and dark strangers await you ( in a good way!)
The Al Corniche
Bordering the bay with a beautiful view of the skyline , enjoy an evening stroll or run , footpaths and plenty of places to sit and relax as well. Cool breezes come in from the bay in the evening.pack a picnic if you feel like it.
The Museum of Islamic Art
The building itself screams mystery , a beautiful driveway leads you to the museum where wonders of the ancient East await you.
The Grand Mosque
Impressive and reverent setting, if you are lucky enough as a tourist to cover up and get in. This mosque can hold over 30,000 men and women at one prayer time .The total area of the mosque is approximately 175,000 sq.m. . The mosque has three main doors and 17 side entrances. Pretty fantastic statistics for a mosque. Pearl Qatar
Build on reclaimed sea as an island this is a complex that exudes wealth and power. Fast cars and top designer stores await you , not forgetting high end car dealerships. Walk around in the opulance , plenty of restaurants await you here. You feel you are in Beverly Hills.And if you wish, you can rent or buy a beautiful apartment.
City Center Doha
A massive shopping mall with plenty to see and do all day. Good prices too.
If you decide to go ~ keep in mind
The desert heat is unbearable by day.
On the day i was out it was 115 Degrees and so dry. you hardly see folks walking on the streets . Taxis are super cheap as Fuel is so plentiful and you can always find a hotel to suit your budget.The people are friendly and the food amazing. If you are lucky to fly the national airline Qatar Airways which is rated a 5 star world airline you will find it luxurious and comfortable and great food in Economy with the largest seat pitch on any long haul flights flying in that region.
So next time you are looking for a place to go think of Doha Qatar. convenient flights and rates will vary from $850 – $1500 depending on what months you travel. Under 15 hours from New york this is a destination not to be overlooked.In fact the Soccer world cup may be hosted here soon!
Mosque near the Souk