Jill and Tom - On the road in 2010 travel blog

Doha market

' No time to stop and chat, got important things to take...

After deciding to pay the 100 rials($35) to enter Qatar, we cleared customs and landed in the arrivals hall. It was pretty clear not many people make the same decision - the arrivals hall is a lonely place. Even the information desk ( which was not very helpful) is in the departures hall, along with the ATM machine and many other useful things for arriving travellers. Maps appear to be somewhat of an unknown entity.

We aim to head towards "souq al watif", but we are told it was closed, Just then, out of the taxi window, a beautiful building appears "what is that?", The museum of islamic art, "oh we'll go there". Simply an amazing place, the art and history reflected in great detail and to our immense pleasure, all contained in an airconditioned building with spectacular views of the gulf. Stayed for hours!

We took a few wrong turns looking for Souq al Watif and clearly we were in an area that had not prospered since the oil boom. Eventually we found Souq al Watif, or what we think it was and what a pleasure - a pedestrian street full of shops, restaurants cafes and people watching. Sipping our mint lemon drink, we both agreed, Doha is much better after the oil boom.

After a rest in the quiet room at the airport, 2 am finally arrived and we were off to Tripoli - What! Oh, then onto Casablanca. But then we thought - anything outside of this tiny cramped airport will be an improvement.


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