Doha Haze

Haze over Doha

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 the museum in the next week or so, but wanted to get this up as today’s Pic du Jour, the 119th (!) straight, a snap illustrating the typically hazy conditions at the start of summer here.

Winds that kick up sand coupled with the heat and high humidity often result in long hazy days on the eponymous peninsula that hosts this Arab emirate; Doha’s West Bay skyline, one of the most rapidly growing on the planet, was all but invisible for most of the day from the city’s not too distant southern reaches. This was taken from the Museum’s Persian Gulf-facing side at about 5 pm.

Doha, Qatar, 11-May-2014


  1. I’ve only been to Doha as a stopover when I flew to Myanmar earlier this year. When we landed on the outbound it was incredibly clear and beautiful. I’d like to return to visit Qatar as a trip on its own. Although I’m hoping it won’t be hazy like your picture. Bagan was a bit like that on one of the days we were there and it was unbearable! I think Qatar would be an interesting place to visit, I’m not overly keen on Dubai or Abu Dhabi, I’m sure they are nice too but far too touristy for me. 🙂

    1. Like everywhere, Qatar has its plusses and minuses but quite honestly I wouldn’t really recommend it as a place to go out of your way to visit. It’s probably a place that’s going to host a conference or meeting you’ll be invited to attend at some point – save if for then. 🙂

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