It’s the weekend


Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar – The Life of Pie

The Museum of Islamic Art is one of the most recognisable buildings in Doha and a must-visit destination for tourists to the country. The building has featured in previous HX posts, but MB took some new pics when out walking earlier this week which he gives you below. Check out the MIA website if you want to learn some more. Read More

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A night out listening to a philharmonic orchestra is not one that many back home would think possible in the Arabian Gulf region of the Middle East. But that’s the night out that MB and others had last night in Doha, Qatar.

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra was playing a concert entitled Johann Strauss’s Vienna conducted by young award-winning German conductor Elias Grandy. The Strauss concert was played at the Qatar National Convention Centre, a spectacular venue, in one of its small auditoriums.

If you wish to read a little more on the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, click here.

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It’s the weekend


Weather – Qatar.

Irish people love to talk weather-talk. ‘Fine day’ or ‘soft day’ are often conversation openers, and are very acceptable replacements for ‘hello’ or ‘howrya’.

The Irish in Qatar sure had a lot to talk about last Saturday.

Saturday last witnessed an entire year’s average rainfall of approx 75mm in a torrential 6 hours, replete with ear-shattering thunder and a most impressive display of forked lightning. And like all countries of the Arabian Gulf where such weather is a rarity, when heavy rains arrive, the roads and road drainage systems of Qatar are unable to cope. Minor roads in particular often have low-lying sections (many of them) with no drainage outlets, or sand-clogged drainage outlets, so deep flooding is the order of the day. Cars regularly get stuck or abandoned.

MB was stuck in almost-static heavy traffic in the midst of it all when his car lost all power for a minute or two, except for the merciful fact that the engine did not cut out and thankfully kept ticking over. Thankfully also, this happened when the traffic was actually static. The same thing happened another five or six times during the 1.5-hour journey, a journey that normally takes 10 minutes. But each time the car lost power, it regained power moments or minutes later, and moved on.

It was real heart-in-the-mouth stuff on MB’s journey back to the office, assuming that the car would konk out at any moment and thousands of cars would start tooting their angry toots at MB, who had already decided that waving and smiling would be his response.

Today, five days later, some minor watery evidence of last Saturday’s biblical event is still evident, and MB’s car engine just doesn’t sound so healthy each morning when it starts. A visit to the car doctor is on the agenda in the coming days.

Have a nice weekend!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Twisted


Twisted.

Back in HX land, the word twisted is generally used in the context of some local or other having consumed far too much alcohol in some local pub. That lad was totally twisted might be one description of said lad by some (non-twisted) observer. Anyway, MB is not going to show you all some HX pub or street shot for this weeks photo challenge. He will, instead, give you all something far more circumspect, religious even, from the local Islamic perspective, in the midst of this holy month, Islamically speaking, of Ramadan,

The spiral mosque at Fanar, next to Doha’s Souq Waqif, is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the whole of Qatar. It is part of the larger Doha Islamic Cultural Centre, where one can enter and learn a little of Islamic history and holy sites in an open area on the ground floor, in addition to taking evening classes in Arabic on the upper floors, which MB has done in the past. The mosque prayer area is accessed at first-floor level, if one is so religiously inclined.

MB took the below shot from the nearby souq, capturing some pigeons in show-boat mode, to the backdrop of the spiral mosque.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Out of this world


Out Of This World.

No, it’s not Wakanda! The night skyline of the Westbay area on the Doha Corniche is impressive and otherworldly. Most of the architecturally spectacular buildings are office blocks owned by big local companies or government organisations. The building on the extreme right on the below shot is the Sheraton Hotel.

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Sunday Shot – Pearl


Long before oil was discovered in the Arabian Gulf, many natives survived on income derived from pearl diving. This pearl water feature, in honour of that heritage, is located on the Doha Corniche next to Souq Waqif.

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Foto Friday – The Ruler


We are just over 6 months into the blockade of Qatar by neighboring states. Qatar National Day Public Holiday is almost upon us and MB expects that this years will be bigger and bolder than ever. MB has previously shown followers photos of the Ruler, Sheikh Tamim, from around Doha, and such photos continue to proliferate as Qatar dwellers show their support for the Ruler and the State against ‘the others’.

MB took this shot last night on Doha Corniche and it’s pretty typical of what’s on view at the moment.

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Sunday Shot – No Comment


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A Night Out in Doha


MB attended a night out with work colleagues last night at the La Cigale Hotel in Doha. The event comprised a sit-down dinner and musical performances by two well-known Lebanese male singers.

A few shots from the hotel and the event follows, and there’s a short video clip of one of the performers at the end. To convert the drink menu prices into Euro, divide by 4. Pricy!

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Foto Friday – Inside a Qatar Shopping Mall


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Foto Friday – Doha


MB is departing the money laundering capital of planet earth (Switzerland) in the coming hours and will arrive in the Doha (Qatar), the ‘richest locals’ capital of planet earth, in the early morning hours.

In case MB’s recent camel pics have given followers the impression that Doha is some quaint one-camel sand-blown dusty outback desert town, it’s not.

This MB phone-shot is from the ‘West Bay’ area of Doha, where many Westies like to live.

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Camel Racing in Qatar


Take your average camel race………….. Read More

Foto Friday – Fanar Mosque (Qatar)


Shot of the top section of Fanar Mosque, at the Souq Waqif area, Doha, Qatar.

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A stroll around the souq


Souq Waqif and surrounding streets. Doha, Qatar. 05 July 2016.

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Qatar – National Day


Qatar National Day is tomorrow, 18 December 2015.

The flags are out. The purple & white. And many photos of the ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and the former ruler until June 2013, his dad Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Took a few shots at the Souq Waqif in Doha last weekend.

Mabruk al yaum Qatar!

 

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