It was about a four hour flight from the Maldives to Doha Qatar. I dozed off a little and as the plane was landing in Doha I had the sultan of swing, Frank Sinatra playing in my headphones as the wheels touched down. We had an overnight stay in Doha before our flight back to Washington D.C. the next morning. Checking into our hotel room near the airport I noticed this disk with an arrow in a corner of the room:
Since it was early afternoon we decided to take a car and visit the waterfront of this desert city. We are a few miles away from the center city of Doha. But, the skyline of downtown Doha is pretty majestic from this location:
I'd say it rivals New York from this waterfront view. And like New York it is still growing as construction cranes are all over the city. Pretty impressive. I think an ad I saw in a magazine says it all:
"Without ambition this would all still be desert."
As we walked along the water front we came upon this giant Pearl monument:
Along with some boats that judging from their bright work look like they are more for pleasure than fishing:
Looks like there is some business being transacted on this boat too:
After spending some time on the waterfront we wandered across the street to a nearby Souk. The Souk is a fascinating place to wander around. It is the Arab version of a mall or probably I should say the mall is an westernized version of a souk. Personally I'd rather shop in a Souk. It's alleys are filled with delightful small shops.
If you just looked at some of the architecture of the buildings you might think you were in the desert southwest of the United States:
But you would be mistaken:
It looks like you can get just about anything you would want here from rugs and carpets:
To pots and pans, spices, food and clothes:
To exotic pets a long way from home who seem to enjoy the passing scene too:
You could even find a dugout canoe or two (needs work):
If that's too much to carry home. The fellow working in the shop would be glad to build you a hand made model:
Or something larger like a cross section of one of the dhows that sail these waters:
Since Capt, Mike likes things of a nautical nature I of course had to visit this shop. The owners proudly told me they had been here for twenty five years. They had just about everything a fisherman or sailor could need in their small shop:
Need some line they got it:
A hand line setup or fishing line? Sail twine? What color do you want?
Need a new bait net? Again what color?