lamp bear qatar doha airport 2
It has been an annual tradition for me to take atleast one or 2 trips to Europe every year. And from Singapore, the cheapest way to do that, is through the many middle-eastern airlines that make cheap connections possible with transit in their respective countries. Qatar Airways, Saudia airlines, Oman Air and Turkish airlines compete among each other to offer the cheapest fares from Asia to Europe. The price is usually very cheap, but the only problem with these airlines, is the long transit time. And one is often forced to spend a few hours (some unfortunate transit situations could go […]

8 Totally FREE things to do during a transit at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport

masjid at katara cultural village
The Doha Tribeca Film Festival, was one of the largest Arab film festivals in the world until 2012, and has mysteriously not been running from 2012. The DTFF for 2011, was held in a place that no one had heard of before. The Katara cultural village, is not exactly a village. Located on the east coast of Qatar, and spread over 1,000,000 square meters, it is anything but a village. India’s largest museum is….. an airport!? Click here to check it out! Opened by the Emir of Qatar, HH Sheikh Hamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Katara cultural village is a large […]

Katara cultural village : Doha, Qatar

Man evolved by walking through deserts. - Mesaieed Sand Dunes, Qatar
30th August 2014 – Mesaiieed, Qatar From the souqs of Doha, to the dunes of Mesaieed, We drove through the heart of Qatar, with the tyres screeching. Like camels becoming alive in the barren august sand, We were at the heart of the desert, and still breathing. Sleep lasted all of 1 hour today. I slept late around 3 AM, and woke up by 4. Why? To catch the sunrise at the Messaieed sand dunes. Messaieed is a municipality, located approximately 50 KM away from Doha. This is practically, the only remaining desert in Qatar, as the rest have all been […]

Project 365: Day 60 – The sands and the silhouettes

Iran walks past you in these markets. - Doha, Qatar
29th August 2014 – Doha, Qatar Falcons and parrots played festive court jesters, and the spices and shisha reminded you of the next meal.  In an oblivious Iranian stronghold from the past, the souq gallantly strides by you, like an antic movie reel. Today was another one of those days, when the temperature hit a cool 41 C. If you don’t get it, the abbreviation ‘cool’, was intended to be sarcastic. I must have had one too many of these hot, summer days, because i chose to stay at home the whole day. I slept in, till evening 6 pm, fully enjoying the air-conditioning. Only at 6 PM, […]

Project 365: Day 59 – A little bit of Iran in Qatar

A tolerant collector, if there ever was one. - Sheikh Faisal museum in Doha, Qatar
28th August 2014 – Doha, Qatar The posse of American muscle cars had me overwhelmed. And there was a private biplane too, apart from all the ships. But wealth is materialistic, and did nothing to woo me. It was the magnitude of a religious interest, that had me in flips. I had quite made up a list of things to do in Doha, which included the corniche, Souq Waqif, Katara and the Museum of international arts, all of them courtesy the lonely planet. So, it came as a surprise when my friend here, Arun, suggested that I go to the Sheikh Faisal museum. Or to […]

Project 365: Day 58 – He is an extreme collector

Into the city - Doha, Qatar
27th August 2014 – Doha, Qatar Through the night, against the eyes peering at them from the corniche They worked their way through, time slipping through their hands. If and when the soccer ball rolls here, the world will realise, There is a forgotten glowworm in the middle of the desert sands. So, one of my friends from UAE, Naaby, drove me to the Sharjah airport in the morning, from where I took a quick flight to Doha. In fact, I saved 10 minutes of my life. How? By departing at 8.20 AM, and arriving at 8.10 AM. I wonder why they […]

Project 365: Day 57 – Ahlan Wa Sahlan, Qatar

This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning