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  • The Waqif Art Centre
    The Waqif Art Centre
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  • The Waqif Art Centre
    The Waqif Art Centre
    by greekcypriot
  • The Waqif Art Centre
    The Waqif Art Centre
    by greekcypriot

Qatar Off The Beaten Path

  • Skill of Listening

    Listening is an active skill.To listen, according to the meaning given in one dictionary is “to hear with thoughtful attention”. So listen implies hearing, but the converse is not necessarily true. Very often, we hear without listening.What makes listening difficult in spite of the fact that this is one skill used by all of us most of the time?...

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  • Rural life in Qatar

    While Doha is doing its very best to forget its simple past and bedeck itself with all the glitz and glam of the world's swankiest luxury hotels, there are still places in Qatar where life continues here as it has for centuries. I was reminded of that when I came across a goatherder on a donkey leading a large flock of sheep and goats through the...

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  • Rock carvings at Jabal Jassassiya

    Near the coast in the northeast of the Qatari peninsula there is a series of limestone hills (jabals). On some of these hills you can find rock carvings that are believed to be several thousand years old. These were discovered during archeological expeditions in the 60s and 70s, when over 900 carvings were catalogued. You'll be lucky to find a...

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  • Qatar's West Coast

    The west coast of Qatar makes a good day trip from Doha, or it could also be a nice place to camp overnight. The first place of interest you'll come to is Bir Zekreet, which is a limestone escarpment where the chalky soft rock has eroded into mushroom-like formations. To get there from Doha, head west past Al-Shahaniya and take the signposted...

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  • Desert wildlife

    It's amazing how many creatures are able to live in this inhospitable climate. I almost ran right over this lizard while he was sunbathing in the middle of the road.

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  • Al Zubara Fort

    Al Zubara Fort, built in 1938 during the reign of Sheikh Abdullah bin Qassim Al Thani, is probably the best-preserved of Qatar's historic forts. Used by the military until the mid-1980s, it now stands alone in the middle of stark desert on Qatar's west coast. There are a few dusty, half-hearted exhibits inside showing some coins and shards of...

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  • Al Wakrah

    Al Wakrah is just a 15 minute drive south from Doha. It is a fishing village that still has a very active port and is surrounded by attractive coastline. It is much quieter than Doha, though contruction is booming here as well, and it probably won't be too long before the urban sprawl from the capital makes it just a Doha suburb. For more info, see...

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  • Al Khor

    Al Khor is a small city on the northeast coast of Qatar, about a 45 minute drive from Doha. While there's not too much happening there, it's a pleasant contrast to the noise of traffic of so-eager-to-modernize Doha. Having said that, bulldozers were actually digging up the road just behind the Corniche when I was there, so my peaceful escape was...

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  • Umm Salal Mohammed

    This is a small town about 22km north of Doha. It's a very quiet, backwater town, but it holds a few examples of traditional architecture that make it worth a visit. One is a fort which appears to have been recently renovated. The fort is walled in and both times I've been there the gates have been locked, but there are places where the wall is low...

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  • Step back into time...

    Al Gamel in the north is an area that hugs the coast and appears to have been a site of a much older town. The adobe style architecture was used in the construction of the primary buildings and most are only shells of their past. There is not much written about the site. It it is off the main road from Az Zubarah towards Al-Shamal.

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  • go dune bashing

    visit khor al udeidspectacular dunessee the saudi border from this sidewatch the local youth do their stunts on the dunessee the changing landscape and dune formationsthe only place in the gulf with dunes flowing into the seaa must see

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  • The Suburbs of Doha

    A drive out of Doha will take you into such landscapes. When you are absolutely stunned by boredom one weekend, try a 'country' drive up North and take in the cinderblock architecture of the Gulf. You'll realize that Doha is the modern exception is this Medieval land.

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  • There is an area around 35km...

    There is an area around 35km north of Doha called Al Khor which I found to be nice in the way a great portion of the shallow sea water was planted with greenery with various sorts of wild life

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