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West Bay, Doha, Qatar at night

Doha Nightscapes

Here’s a brief series of nightscapes shot in May 2014 in the West Bay district of Doha, the capital of Qatar, per capita the richest country in the world, and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. I visited here a few times...

Fuwairit Beach, Qatar

Fuwairit Beach, Qatar

Located about 80 kilometers north of Doha, Fuwairit Beach is both the setting for the 121st (!) straight Pic du Jour and marks the spot where I took a dip in the Persian Gulf for the first time. A bit rocky, but nice. Saturday’s high...

Doha West Bay at night

Doha West Bay IV

Doha, Qatar – It’s my last night in the capital of the world’s wealthiest country so I spent part of it hunting for early evening shots around West Bay and its constantly changing skyline. I wasn’t too pleased with the...

Haze over Doha

Doha Haze

DOHA, Qatar – I spent much of today at Doha’s Museum of Islamic Art which is, architecturally-speaking, probably my favorite museum on the planet. [I posted an image from a previous visit last week.] I’ll be sharing a few posts about...

Graffiti, West Bay, Doha

West Bay III (Pic du Jour)

During my last visit to Doha back in 2011, I joked with a colleague about the lack of graffiti on the pristine walls of the soulless city center’s countless new high rises. So I was surprised to actually see this scrawled on a wall this...

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Doha Revisited

This is the view from the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, looking towards the city’s sprawling and futuristic West Bay area. It’s a very good museum and an absolutely stunning building. Said our guide: “If we really want a new...

Vidblog – May 2011

Since June’s already half over, it was time to finally finish up this vidblog for May, the first of what I hope will be a monthly look back and some people, places and things. This is mainly odds and ends and pieces and parts – some...

Doha West Bay quickie

No, not quite exciting as the title implies. Before it slips even further from memory, here’s one last bit from a four-day trip to Doha earlier this month. I blogged briefly about Doha’s West Bay at roughly this time last year; the...

Doha’s Souq Waqif, a quick stop

Here’s another brief bit from Doha, a few scenes shot from the hip at the Souq Waqif last weekend. It’s a lively place in the mornings and evenings – particularly the latter – where locals and visitors come to shop...

Quick tour of Al Jazeera

I was invited on a tour of the Al Jazeera studios while in Doha last week, and snapped away as much as I could without being too much of a nuisance. The result is this short and somewhat disjointed tour of my own. Soon after its launch in...

60 minutes in West Bay, Doha

A quick midday stroll through Doha’s West Bay zone, one of the most rapidly-expanding areas in the world. Most of this futuristic skyline didn’t exist five or six years ago. It likely won’t be recognizable five or six years...

In transit, Riyadh

Lufthansa 0620 from Frankfurt to Doha stops in Riyadh in late evening. It’s when most of the passengers end their journey. The last drink service is about an hour before landing. Some thirty minutes after that flight attendants roll their...

Finally!

I can check ‘rabbits dipped in pink dye’ off of my list of things to see before I die. Spotted these at the Souq Waqif in Doha earlier month, and am still baffled. They’re not unlike the super-sized marshmallow-filled bunnies...