Live. Learn. Celebrate. Katara – Valley of Culture

This post is part of a series on our trip to Qatar in August 2012, approaching the end of Ramadan until the celebration of Eid Al Fitr. It was the height of summer, but the hot weather didn’t totally stop us from exploring Qatar as much as we can. :)

After our morning walk at the Corniche, we went back to the hotel for breakfast and rest. My former high school classmate Jerome informed he’ll pick us up at around 4pm later for bowling prior to our “Doha tour” so it won’t be too hot when we’re out. However, found out the bowling lanes were closed until sunset so we proceeded with our tour.

First stop: Katara Cultural Village, located between Doha’s West Bay and the Pearl.

Ahlan wa sahlan – Katara

I’ve read about Katara in its website as well as related posts by friends in Facebook so I’m quite curious how it is to actually to be inside the village. 🙂

Katara – we’ve arrived! 🙂

The first sight which greeted us when we arrived was the Katara Al Yazwa Beach. Here you can swim, rent water sports facilities (paddle boats, jetskis, et al), or simply laze on one of the sun beds. Don’t forget your sun screen! 🙂

Katara Beach

tambay muna

Me with Katara beach and the Pearl at the background

We continued to walk further passing by the bazaar, closed restaurants (still Ramadan) and then reached the Amphitheater.

The Amphitheater

View from the center of the Amphitheater

Buboy & Iyang – centerstage… Pak!

goofing around, up close = p

bellissima

move, move a bit more, there, there.. Pak! = p

say cheese! 🙂

to climb or not to climb, that is the question… = p

We explored the ins and outs of the Amphitheater and followed the paths leading to the inner part of the village.

Turistas? pak!

One structure which really caught my eye was the Golden Mosque. It was glittering being hit by the sun’s rays.

The Golden Mosque

It also had a golden minaret. Reminds of King Midas’ story when we were kids. 🙂

the Golden Minaret

Umakyat ako siempre. Ako pa. Pasaway! 🙂

The Golden Minaret & the curious girl

Hoyyy bawal yan! = p

We continued to walk, take photos..

inside paths and walkways

Until we reached one outer area, and we saw this.

The fascinating Bird Tower

It’s called the Bird Tower. It’s like hotel accommodation for birds, and there were many white ones in it actually.

I wanted a photo with it but then we remembered my hilarious bird poop encounters in Bahrain so I didn’t risk going very near it. We still had many stops to go and I don’t want to ruin our trip by going back to the hotel for clothes change. 🙂

We continued to walk, take photos and marveled at the beautiful architecture of the structures.

pause for a pose, 🙂

enormous Gates to Paradise? 🙂

Buboy: kita mo yun? structural design blah blah blah….

photo op in front of the giant Gates, 🙂

We stayed in Katara until about sunset. We were waiting for the first restaurant to open as we’re hungry, well more thirsty actually. 🙂

waiting for the restaurant to open, hehehe

traditional archi @ Le Vesuvio

Still closed, so we continued walking, and walking…more clicks…

almost sunset

The actual entrance.. so we started from the back. Hehehe

At the grounds we found these curious face structures made up of recycled metal materials like cups, bowls, cutlery, et al.

my friend, please look into the cam and say cheese, 🙂

meet my new friend in cool aviators

Buboy’s friend is a gas miner or fighter jet pilot? help me, i’m clueless. = p

me with pare, he’s sandstorm weather ready la

nearing sunset.. i actually wanted to run at the other side to take a better photo.. kaso tinamad na, hehe..

view of St. Regis by the beach, at dusk

Then I remembered Jollibee!  – > Jollibee is the national fast food restaurant in the Philippines. Hehe. 

There is no Jollibee sa Bahrain, so imagine my ear to ear smile just thinking of holding to juicy, crispy, gravylicious Chicken Joy.

Jerome thoughtfully obliged to fulfill our craving, so we bid Katara good bye and drove to Al Meera Jollibee.

After our most appreciated Jollibee meal, we called it a day, went back to the hotel and slept happily. Hehe. just kidding. 🙂

We continued with our “Doha tour”.

Next stop: The Pearl Qatar.

Note: We actually wanted to go back to Katara during the nights of Eid as they had fireworks every 830pm. However, first night of Eid (19th Aug) we were in Dukhan, while the second night (20th Aug) we opted to stay within city center area while waiting for our flight back to Bahrain. Anyhow, as we say, something missed is a reason to go back, 🙂

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