Spending 13 hours in Qatar

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Best Western Hotel, Doha

I arrived in Doha much faster than I had anticipated; the flight went really fast and after just under 5 hours we landed in Doha International Airport which was a pleasant surprise. The airport was enormous and the plane parked far away from the terminal where we all had to wave our blue, yellow or orange boarding card holders. We had to leave the plane by the stairs and two buses picked us up and drove us to the terminal building.

I had to leave the airport at the first entrance since i was carrying a blue card and I was staying the night in Doha. We were not that many people that left the buses at that place and the immigration therefore went pretty fast. I had to have my picture taken and pay 100 local money for the visa to enter; which is about 25$.

I am sure nobody followed this design
I was trying to get a smile from the girl behind the counter but I didn't manage. When I finished my payments and hunt for smiles I went next door to the luggage handling which I just passed because I was only carrying my hand luggage, I had let the rest of my luggage go through to the next plane.

I walked in to a bright but not huge arrival hall and I straight away saw that I was back in Middle East because of all men running around in Arabic clothes and I felt quite happy to be there and enjoy the warm weather. I sat down and tried to figure out if the hotel had an airport shuttle but I had some difficulties and understanding the woman from the hotel, so I decided to take a taxi.

The taxis, well the official ones were parked just around the corner and the taxi driver were all Indians.

Skyline at night
I chatted briefly with the driver and shortly after I was at the hotel, that turned out to be situated next to the huge Islamic Art Museum. The area of the hotel didn't look too interesting but I could see that magnificent skyline of Doha just before the Best Western Hotel so I knew that I had to go for a walk and take some pictures.

The entrance of the hotel was quite empty when I arrived; the interior of the hall was quite traditional with marble everywhere and a coffee bar in the corner, the reception was quite large and a guy was standing there ready to serve me. He quickly found my room that was on the 10th floor and I hurried up to leave my stuff and go for a walk.

The room was great in all perspectives, as I opened that door I looked in to a room that was more than 45 square meters.

Colorful light on a commercial building
Just inside the door there were a small kitchen area with and fridge and Nespresso coffee machine. To the left there were a small desk with fresh fruit and on the wall there was a huge flat screen. Next to the desk I had a sofa group and on the table there was a welcoming letter stating that I had made a pearl class booking, something I could not remember. At the end of the room there was a great looking king size bed which I liked a lot. The bath room was nice and quite large with both shower section and tub. I really liked the room.

The first thing I did was to sit in the sofa and just relax with the feet on the sofa table; I checked out if the Wi-Fi was working and it did. Then I opened the letter while I enjoyed some of the fruit that I had been given.

The impressive Islamic Museum of Art
The strawberries and the grapes were great and even though I was a bit tired I just enjoyed the situation. The letter stated all the services that was included in the pearl booking and one of the was snacks at the Pearl lounge on the 10th floor. As I was staying at the 10th floor I decided to have a look at it.

The lounge was just next door to my room and I was greeted by two smiling Indian women of which at least one of them were working there. The snacks were nothing special so I settled with a sprite a looked at the view. I was the only one in the lounge and I found it very boring so I left straight away and went for my camera in the room and decided to go for a walk in the neighbourhood. My aim was clearly to have a look at the Islamic Art Museum and the Doha Skyline.

The impressive Islamic Museum of Art

When I left the hotel I was greeted by a taxi driver that wanted to take me for a spin but I said no thank you because I wanted to have a walk. The neighbouring area was quite boring but I followed the light of a building a bit down the road. The building looked like a casino but turned out to be a furniture shop. There were not that many people walking in the area most of them were driving in huge cars on the dusty roads and there were loads of construction going on. The weather was really nice, not a cloud on the sky and around 20 degrees Celsius. I crossed a number of large parking lots and construction sites before I ended up at the huge road that had taken me from the airport and lead to downtown Doha.

On the other side of the road I could see the magnificent Islamic Museum.

Doha Skyline
The way that they had arranged the light on it was impressive in the dark and especially with the constantly changing lights of the Doha Skyline in the back. Crossing the road turned out to be a nightmare because there was not planed with pedestrians, but after some nerve wrecking and hazardous experiences I found myself on the other side of the road ready to visit the museum. The time had passed on the late side of 8 pm and I was sure that the museum was closed but the gates were open so I might be able to walk close to the museum.

I contacted one of the guards that stated that the park was open but he didn't give me any indications on for how long. I enter and walked to the main entrance of the museum where long rows of palm trees lead up to a first floor entrance.

Palm in the dark
I was trying to find a way to have a better view of the Doha Skyline so walked along the water where I was stopped by security guards a couple of times. I had hoped that it was possible to get on the other side of the museum but there were not any possibilities of that. I was pretty impressed with building itself as well. I walked in the park and along the water for maybe almost an hour before I decided to head back towards the hotel.

Crossing the road again turned out to be even more dangerous than earlier; many of the cars drove insanely fast and there were loads of muscle cars driving against each other too. It took me almost 15 minutes to cross the road and I was close be run over 3 times. I walked back to the hotel passing some nice hotel and government building before I finally was back at the hotel.

Doha Skyline
I had looked for some place to eat while I had been out walking but the only places that I had found were hotel restaurant and then I could might as well eat at the one in the hotel where I was staying and so I did.

The hotel restaurant was on the first floor and there were not many customers there, but I also arrived pretty late. There was a huge buffet with Persian food it looked delicious but I was not that hungry at all, so I went for a Nasi Goreng. I had hoped for a cold beer but the hotel was a non-alcoholic one so I went for some water and a pineapple juice. The meal was great and huge; I was not even able to finish it all. After dinner I went up to my room to get some rest and sleep, I had to get up early for my Hong Kong the following morning. At my room I tried to book a taxi or a shuttle to the airport but I was not really sure what happen because the communication that didn't work from the airport had not improved from the hotel. I could simply not understand what the woman concluded in the phone; I had to see next morning what would be the result. I was aiming for a taxi around 6 am.

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Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
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I am sure nobody followed this de…
Skyline at night
Skyline at night
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Colorful light on a commercial bu…
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The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
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Doha Skyline
Doha Skyline
Palm in the dark
Palm in the dark
Doha Skyline
Doha Skyline
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
Best Western Hotel, Doha
The building opposite my hotel
The building opposite my hotel
Night design in Doha
Night design in Doha
A Mosque in the neighborhood
A Mosque in the neighborhood
A green water tower
A green water tower
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Colorful light on a commercial bu…
Colorful light on a commercial bui…
Colorful light on a commercial bu…
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Huge building changing pattern al…
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On my walk towards the Museum of …
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A fountain on the road
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Fountain in front of the Islamic M…
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Fountain in front of the Islamic M…
Fountain in front of the Islamic …
Fountain in front of the Islamic M…
Fountain in front of the Islamic …
Fountain in front of the Islamic M…
Fountain in front of the Islamic …
Fountain in front of the Islamic M…
Fountain in front of the Islamic …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
Entering the park
Entering the park
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Entering the impressive Islamic Mu…
Entering the impressive Islamic M…
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
Skyline of Doha
Skyline of Doha
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
Doha Skyline
Doha Skyline
Doha Skyline
Doha Skyline
Doha Skyline
Doha Skyline
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The impressive Islamic Museum of A…
The impressive Islamic Museum of …
The Islamic Art Museum
The Islamic Art Museum
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Sign
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Another ministry
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Hotel Entrance
Skyline
Skyline
My hotel
My hotel
The hotel restaurant
The hotel restaurant
The hotel restaurant
The hotel restaurant
The hotel restaurant
The hotel restaurant
My pineapple juice
My pineapple juice
The hotel restaurant
The hotel restaurant
Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng
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