Posted on November 4, 2022
In case anyone thinks MB is some kind of gun nut, he’s not. He would be very much on the side of strict gun control and bans on military-type weaponry if he lived in countries where such debates rage. MB appreciates that others have opposing views. And certain arguments they espouse have merit. But coming from a country that put away the guns in recent years after 800 years of it, MB can see the benefits of gunless society, more or less.
But MB digresses……………………….
Apart from the occasional usage of an old single-barrel shotgun growing up on a farm, MB was not familiar with any sort of firearms until he and a friend recently visited the newly opened gun range in Doha called ‘Al Hadaf’. It’s next to Khalifa Football Stadium or Villagio Shopping Mall, and means in English ‘The Target’. It’s a super-modern facility and has a 100M range for pistol and rifle practice. A ‘clay’ range is currently under construction and will open in a few months from now.
In addition to the range, Al Hadaf has coffee shops, a VIP lounge (de rigeure at any new facility in Qatar!), and a showroom to view lots of merchandise. Needless to say, many of the facility instructors were asking MB if his name was, by any chance, Client Eastwood. MB gave them a steely stare, and didn’t even need a ‘make my day’ statement!
So, dear HX followers, if any of you happen to be visiting Qatar for the November/December FIFA World Cup, or anytime soon, a visit to Al Hadaf is a few hours well spent, if shooting’s your cup of tea.
A few pics……………………
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Alhadaf, Doha, MiddleEast, Qatar, Range, Shooting, Sport, Travel
Posted on March 1, 2022
On Friday morning last, in the small hours of a misty Doha morning, MB ascended silently into the blue heavens.
Much like Jesus Christ did all those years ago MB?
Well, no lads. Not at all like JC did. MB was actually standing in a steel-framed basket that was attached to a rather large balloon. It was powered by butane gas, not divine intervention.Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Air, Ballooning, Doha, Hot, Qatar, Travel
Posted on January 27, 2020
Thanks to Patti for this week’s Red challenge.
MB offers an Arab Dhow on Doha’s corniche:
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Arab, Corniche, Dhow, Doha, Find Something Red, Travel
Posted on December 16, 2019
Thanks to Amy for this week’s ‘On Display‘ challenge.
MB has selected one of his aerial display shots from his Doha Corniche early-morning walk on Friday last.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Aerial Display, Corniche, Display, Doha, Helicopters, Travel
Posted on September 13, 2019
How about some ghost hunting?
Posted on August 11, 2019
Muslims the world over are celebrating the festival of Eid Al Adha in the coming days. The dates may differ slightly in different countries, as far as MB is aware, as Eid starts on the 10th day of a certain lunar month. Read More
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Doha, Eid Al Adha, Feast of Sacrifice, Qatar
Posted on June 2, 2019
Thanks to Tina for the ‘walk on the wild side‘ challenge. If followers would like to see some superb shots from Tina’s African adventures then please click on that link.
Many of the major towns and cities in the Middle East have large bird markets. The markets are not restricted to just wild birds of course. In the Bird Market at Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar, one can find turtles, domestic pets such as puppies and kittens, and more.
Sometimes wild is caged.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Bird Market, Doha, Travel, Wild
Posted on April 20, 2019
Thanks to Amy for the Creativity challenge.
Do you know the story of the Peppered Moth dear followers?
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Creativity, Doha, Lens-Artists, Mathaf, Museum, Peppered Moth, Qatar
Posted on March 8, 2019
One of the hidden gems of Doha is Torba Farmers Market which takes place every Friday and Saturday from 8am to 6pm. It’s a great place to chillax, drink coffee, eat some tasty food, listen to cool music, read a book, chat with random strangers which MB regularly does about all sorts of stuff, chat with more random strangers, read more books, drink more coffee and eat even more food.
In recent weeks MB has headed out early on Friday mornings to grab some Torba breakfast. MB’s awesome breakfast sandwich of last weekend features in one of the below pics. It was totally deadly. MB purchased it from Trader Milka who sells sourdough bread. Trader Milka comes from Denmark.
How awesomely cool is it to attend a Farmer’s market that’s got a Trader called Milka from Denmark?
Totally awesomely cool MB.
Thanks, lads. It surely is.
MB was unsure how many pics to post with this particular post. Uncertainty in the mind of MB is as rare as hen’s teeth it must be quickly added. However, as MB is going to post a link to this post for all the traders to take a look, he thought it better for his personal safety to post as many as possible!
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Doha, Torba Market, Travel
Posted on March 7, 2019
Take a stroll.
The Corniche area of Doha is the main drag for an evening stroll. The ‘corniche’ word is French in origin and in the Arab world means the roadway along any seafront. In other regions, it has different meanings.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Corniche, Doha, Huawei, Weekend
Posted on February 21, 2019
Sun & Sand.
Bad thing about the Arabian Gulf is that the sun is always shining.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, Beach, Doha, Huawei, Sand, Sealine Resort, Sport, sun, Travel, Weekend
Posted on November 22, 2018
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
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Adventure, curture, Doha, Gulf, Middle East, Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Shisha, Travel
Posted on November 10, 2018
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.
Posted on October 25, 2018
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!
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: 20 October 2018, Adventure, Doha, Driving, Motoring, Qatar, Rain, Rainfall, Travel, Wet weather conditions
Posted on May 23, 2018
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.
Category: Irish man in the Middle East Tagged: Doha, Fanar, postaday, Qatar, Spiral Mosque, Twisted, Weekly Photo Challenge
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