TRAVELOGUE

Qatar: Doha City Tour

Now that my trip to South Africa has been completed, here’s my brief affair with the city of Doha on my way there. I had a 12-hour stopover via Qatar Airways, one of the cheapest flights we could get for about SGD $1,300. Ottie had departed about a couple weeks prior, so it was back to solo traveling for me – I’d missed doing that, just exploring nooks and crannies at my own pace without having to worry if I’m taking too long (because I usually do).

Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer at the grand foyer of Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar.Hamad International Airport has this impressive yellow teddy bear in the foyer (Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer). It was definitely eye-catching! I was glad to have seen it in person after reading up on it online.

Instagram cutout at the foyer of Hamad International Airpot in Doha, Qatar.The second floor overlooking the foyer even had a cutout of an Instagram page to pose at – it was pretty amusing.

Interesting sculptures and animatronic tyrannosaurus rex at Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar.Some sculptures that caught my eye, and an animatronic T-rex hidden in a corner somewhere at the airport. Very cool.

Hummus snack at Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar.I got some hummus to snack on, after Ottie recommended it to me on his leg of the same trip. Yummeh.

Anyway, I signed myself up for the Doha City Tour, because why not. The middle east had always been so foreign to me, and I’d always wanted to experience the blanket of 40°C heat for reals.

Ticket for the Doha City Tour from a layover at Hamad International Airport at Doha, Qatar.My ticket for the tour – I blurred out the important details, of course. Also, it was technically my birthday in Singapore (Qatar is five hours behind), and thanks to the free wifi in the airport, I was able to pick up a surprise Skype call from family (Mum, Bro, Aunty Serene, Uncle MC, Brat #1 & Brat #2) wishing me thus, right as I exited the air-conditioned building and into the sweltering heat that is the desert. Happy birthday to me. 😂

Cityline at night in Doha, Qatar.This was the only picture I took with my dSLR before the lens fogged up due to the oppressive heat outside of the freezing van – fearing for the lifespan of my camera, I decided to leave it in the van for the rest of the trip and take photos with my phone instead.

Some grainy shots of The Pearl-Qatar:

Bridge at Pearl-Qatar, Doha.

Pier at Pearl-Qatar, Doha.

Small fountains at Pearl-Qatar, Doha.

Ceiling lamp at Pearl-Qatar, Doha.

We headed over to the Souq Waqif, a bazaar of shops selling lots of interesting handicrafts.

Moon and building at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.That’s the moon! I’d have loved to explore Doha in the daylight, but the nighttime wasn’t too bad either.

Street at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.Our group had free reign to explore the Souq – this was the flag that we were to meet under.

Shops at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Selfie at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Architecture at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Beautiful architecture at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.Love the stylistic architecture.

Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Painted silhouette at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Alley at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Cat at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.This kitty cat was trying to talk to another cat behind this divider! So cute.

Cafe at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Clothing shop at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Belts at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Colourful craftwork at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Mushroom lights on display at handicraft shops at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Paintings on sale at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Taxidermist at work at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.

Taxidermy shop at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.Chanced upon a taxidermy shop.

Mirror selfie in front of handicraft shops at Souq Waqif (سوق واقف), Doha, Qatar.Here’s me with my plane outfit. In retrospect, I was probably flouting the rules in my form-fitting garb and lack of headscarf, but luckily I didn’t get any flack for it.

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