Sunday, May 17, 2015


If you thought Gulf countries look like a desert, you are wrong !! My brief visit to Qatar was fun filled and much better than I anticipated... .thanks to the wonderful friends that I met in Qatar.

Though there is nothing much that you could do in Qatar, heres a brief at what you possibly could do here.

Souk Wakif : Located close to Corniche, this is a place where most of them hang out during their spare time. Formerly popular as a market for Gold (Gold souk), Souk Wakif is currently one among the happening places in Qatar where you could shop, roam around and spend your free time. There are quite a lot of Hookah bars here and most of the eat outs here have kept open air Coolers to beat the heat !! Visit Souk wakif during a weekend and you are likely to witness some Cultural events too. Srikhar and myself were regular visitors here and we even had a Jordanian Friend with us by name Osama (Sam). Sam often shared his experiences travelling around the world (including India) !!

Corniche : Google for Qatar and you would see images of Corniche for sure. A popular spot for Joggers since you get to Jog along the coast of Persian Gulf. The view of City center from Corniche is mesmerizing !! Another interesting part of Corniche is the Museum of Islamic Art and the adjacent park. The park is filled with visitors towards evening even on a week day. Behind the Museum is a spot which probably is the coolest place due to the gentle breeze from the Persian Gulf. Another strange thing about the Islamic museum - it resembles a women wearing Burkha from all four sides !!

City Center : The beautiful and colorful buildings that you find on searching for Qatar on google search - thats the area surrounding City center. A place filled with skyscrapers that are lit up elegantly giving a charm of its own. City center is a popular shopping mall amidst these buildings. If your weekend plan to watch a movie and do some shopping, then City center is the place to be.

Villagio mall : One of the best malls in Qatar which makes you feel like you are in Venice due to the architectural brilliance inside the mall. When you enter the mall, the first thing you would notice is an artificial stream inside the mall with boating as well. All those who visit Qatar are most likely to get a pic clicked inside the Villagio mall. Next to the Villagio mall is a skyscraper built in the shape of a torch which was built when Asian Games were hosted in Doha.

Pearl Qatar : One of the most expensive areas in Qatar is probably Pearl Qatar. Another place popular for its architecture. High profile meetings and the creamy layer of Qataris are found in this part of Qatar. This is one place which was a bit of disappointment to me since there was nothing great here. Probably my level of expectation was higher.

Katara : Lookout in news for events being hosted in the Katara Open air stadium and make sure you dont miss it. Katara has a park, beach and an open air stadium which makes it a popular spot.

Last but not the least, I must make a mention about Gokulam Park. This is where I stayed during my visit to Qatar. If there is something I miss about Qatar, then it would be my room in Gokulam Park.

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