In December 2018 I visited three countries in the Persian Gulf, الكويت (Kuwait), البحرين (Bahrain), and قطر (Qatar). I had only scheduled a couple of days for each country. These countries are so small, you can see everything worthwhile in that time. I organized the whole trip myself through Expedia and booked excursions with local tour operators.

Getting into Qatar was fairly easy. I had a bit of a wait at immigration, but it was easy, no need for a visa.

I had booked a limo for transportation to and from the hotel through Gulf Adventures. As opposed to the limo in Bahrain and Kuwait, Gulf Adventures worked out very well. The driver was waiting for me at the airport. For the return to the airport the driver was right on time.

I had booked two private tours in Qatar through a tour organizer Arabian Adventures. This worked out well, I enjoyed the two tours. I saw basically all of Qatar. The first tour was to the northern parts of Qatar, a full day tour. I visited some old fishing villages, Al Zubarah, and some of the last mangroves in Qatar. Al Zubarah Archaeological Site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The second tour was a Desert Safari. I was on a 4-WD Toyota Land Cruiser. When we got to sand dunes, the driver deflated the tires quite a bit to be able to handle the sand dunes. We then drove through the sand dunes, including going down the really steep sides of some of the dunes. It was a fun drive.

Qatar (like Bahrain and Kuwait) is fairly expensive. Traffic is very heavy around the city. Like Bahrain and Kuwait, the city is full of exotic looking skyscrapers. All of that has been built in the last 15 years or so. The city is safe to visit, it is like any metropolitan city.

Qatar is a rich country because of the oil. All the labor is done by foreigners, the Qataries don't do regular work. They live separate from the guest workers. I don't think I saw any real Qataries while I was there. There are no taxes in Qatar, construction, health care, schools, etc are covered from oil revenue.

Qataries are actually in the minority, most of the people in Qatar are foreign migrant workers. Qataries make up only about 12% of the population, the majority are migrant workers from countries like India, Pakistan, the Philippines, etc.

I have the pictures of birds and nature in Qatar separate pages:

Birds of Qatar
Birds in Qatar
Nature of Qatar
Nature in Qatar

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Doha From the Wikipedia entry for Doha: Doha is the capital and most populous city of the State of Qatar. Doha has a population of 1,351,000 in the city proper. The city is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the east of the country. It is Qatar's fastest growing city, with over 50% of the nation's population living in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and it is also the economic centre of the country. Doha was founded in the 1820s as an offshoot of Al Bidda. It was officially declared as the country's capital in 1971, when Qatar gained independence from being a British Protectorate. As the commercial capital of Qatar and one of the emergent financial centres in the Middle East, Doha is considered a world city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Doha accommodates Education City, an area devoted to research and education. Doha Skyline
Skyline of Doha. (747k)
Doha Skyline
Skyline of Doha. (636k)
Doha Skyline
Skyline of Doha. (876k)
Doha Skyline
Skyline of Doha. (581k)
Doha Highrises
Highrises in Doha. (835k)
Doha Highrises
Doha Highrises. The part of the city in the background is located on reclaimed land. (671k)
National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar (545k)
Al Wahda Artscape
Al Wahda Artscape. (653k)
Oyster Shell
Oyster Shell in the center of a traffic circle, reminding of the roots of Qatari society, perl diving. (645k)
Mosque north of Doha
Mosque north of Doha. (598k)
Foreign companies stores and restaurants are not as much represented as in Kuwait and Bahrain. Here it is Ikea and Ace Hardware
Foreign companies stores and restaurants are not as much represented as in Kuwait and Bahrain. Here it is Ikea and Ace Hardware. (617k)
Ace Hardware
Ace with the USA slogan for the company. (634k)
Oil Refinery. (625k)

Al Jumail Al Jumail is a 19th century fishing and pearling village on the west coast of Qatar. It was abandoned before the oil boom. Al Jumail
View of Al Jumail. (696k)
Mosque in Al Jumail
View of the Mosque in Al Jumail. (735k)
Crumbling building in Al Jumail
Crumbling building in Al Jumail. (701k)
Crumbling walls in Al Jumail
Crumbling walls in Al Jumail. (820k)
Minaret of the Mosque in Al Jumail
Minaret of the Mosque in Al Jumail. (567k)

Al Zubara Al Zubara Fort is a historic Qatari military fortress built under the oversight of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938. The Fort is part of the Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Al Zubara Fort
Al Zubara Fort. (641k)

Al Khor Fishing Town Al Khor is (after Doha) the second largest fishing town in Qatar. In 2001 there were 176 vessels and 1613 fishermen. According to my guide, the only shipyard in Qatar is in Al Khor. Fishing boats in Al Khor harbor
Fishing boats in Al Khor harbor. (736k)
Fishing boats in Al Khor harbor
Fishing boats in Al Khor harbor. (742k)
Fishing boats in Al Khor harbor
Fishing boats in Al Khor harbor. (695k)
Dry dock crane
The crane to get ships out of the water. (736k)
Dry Dock
Ship in dry dock. (697k)
Fish traps
Fish traps. (1083k)
Filetting fish
Fish market workers cutting up fish. (739k)

Desert Safari Racing on Toyota Land Cruisers through sand dunes is a popular pastime. The drivers deflate the tires quite a bit to have better traction in the sand. The ascends were fairly steep, so you need good traction with the deflated tires. Going down the dunes is another matter. I think the steepest side that we went down had an angle of at least 45°. It was a wild ride. The dunes were some 30-50 m (100-160 ft) high. Deflating tires
Deflating tires. (644k)
Deflated tires
Deflated tire. (717k)
Station for tire inflation
Here they inflate the tires again for the return on the road. (536k)
Posing on camels
Before the drive through the dunes,people pose on camels. (710k)
Desert Camp
One of the many camps in the desert. (599k)
Going up the sand dune
Going up the sand dune. You need good tracktion, it was fairly steep. (501k)
On the side of the dune
Driving along the side of the dune looked precarious at times. (630k)
Going down
Starting the descend down the steep side of a dune. (563k)
Down Dune
Looking down the steep side of the dune. (616k)
Down Dune
Going down the steep dune. The second car almost bottomed out the front bumper during the transition from the steep side to the flat part. (637k)

The total number of pictures online on my website from Qatar is 54

Page last updated on Sat Jun 15 16:16:45 2019 (Mountain Standard Time)

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