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 visit to Katara Cultural Village and a hearty dinner at Jollibee, we were back on the road and drove all the way to The Pearl….
The Pearl Qatar is an artificial island located 350m offshore of Doha’s West Bay Lagoon.
The island consists of a stunning marina and promenade, towering freehold properties, luxury residential estates and hotels (many of which still under construction), high end retail shops and countless dining options.
In Bahrain, we normally see Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Jaguars, Hummers everyday on the road but seldom we get to the Marina (in Al Fateh or Amwaj) so seeing really large and luxurious yachts up close is something different. My jaws just dropped. 🙂
Below photo show Tse Yang, one of the restaurants, with view of the marina.
We were feeling warm from all the walking around so we decided to have a brief ice cream break, 🙂
One retail store for men’s executive suits (unfortunately cannot recall the name) caught Buboy’s eye as the mannequins featured the head of a falcon. Awesomeness. 🙂
Wiki Trivia: The Pearl was chosen as the island’s name because its is being built on one of Qatar’s previous major pearl diving sites. Qatar was one of the major pearl traders of Asia before the Japanese introduced cheaper more affordable pearls just before Qatar’s oil boom.
The Pearl Qatar will help represent Qatar’s rich past in the pearl industry. Once completed, The Pearl will represent a string of pearls.
Next stop: Aspire Zone! 🙂