Kaliwali the heat, it’s the First Day of Eid!

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. :)

EID MUBARAK! It’s our third day in Doha, and the first day of Eid Al Fitr.

Eid is an Arabic word meaning “festivity”, while Fiṭr means “breaking the fast”.

Eid Al Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan30 day (approximately) of fasting from dawn to sunset from food, water and intercourse. Eid commences on the night of sighting of the waxing crescent moon.

For Christians like me, I think of it like it’s Easter (but Eid is much cooler having three days celebration oha!), after the Holy Week (in their case it’s one full month – Ramadan). I’m really in awe how my Muslim colleagues are able to work normally whole day while fasting, it has even inspired me to fast too, in my humble way.

So after last night’s KataraThe Pearl – Aspire Zone road trip tour, we decided to get up and be out early for our Day 3 itinerary.

By 9am, we were out to brave the Sun. It’s Eid lah, my festive spirit’s definitely ON.

Kaliwali (never mind) the heat.🙂

Our hotel’s within the Gold Souq area, so it was our first stop in our walking route. Unfortunately all stores still closed, I guess we’re too early. Hehe.

We walked further passing through the Gold Souq’s street and Karwa – public bus terminal (not familiar with the bus routes so didn’t really attempt to ride any, afraid maybe we’d get lost hehe. Anyhow, our route seems walkable. Chos.)

Najada Mosque

The green Jufairi Park caught our eye and walking further led us to Najada Mosque. It’s the second mosque I’ve seen in Doha next to Fanar Mosque (aka Fanar Islamic Center).

to Souq Waqif

Crossing the street led us to the labyrinth-like paths and alleys leading to Souq Waqif.

inside Souk Waqif’s mala-labyrinth alleys🙂

Saw this awesome dining boulevard where you can have your pick of authentic regional cuisines: Arabic – Moroccan – Persian – Iraqi – Lebanese – Egyptian – even Malaysian! Name it, they seemed to have it all! Yum, yum thoughts filled my head, indeed.

restaurant alley

Tajine – Moroccan Cuisine

Photo in front of Souq Waqif Art Center, also still closed, waaaa…

Souq Waqif Art Center

thinking of kebabs and bukhari…🙂

Unfortunately, again, we’re too early apparently, so most of them are still closed. We went back the next day though, and had our yummy lunch in one of the restaurants which piqued our curious taste buds, yay! Story on a separate post.🙂

Uy bumaba ka jan!

We continued walking pass the restaurants and reached Al Koot Fort.

Al Koot Fort (back view)

We came by at the back side so I rushed to the front to find the entrance but instead, look what we found!🙂

Look what we found!

I totally forgot about looking for the entrance to the fort and instead spent the time staring at these lovelies… Adik lang. = p

He’s not camera shy…

I love this guy, he’s definitely up for a photo op!🙂

I was suspecting Mr. Sun was too happy as well that it’s Eid holiday, that He was smiling oh so brightly our skin burned. Hehe.

Lakad pa… to Souq Jaidah

So we quickly walked towards the nearest shade, which is part of Souq Jaidah.

@ Souq Jaidah

I am not really an art fanatic nor an architecture whiz but I just adore ceiling designs.

i just adore the traditional architecture

I’m used to plain ceilings in work offices so when I’m out, be it in a museum, or a mall, or awesome sites like this, I just crane my neck to appreciate the efforts poured in intricately designing, detailing, decorating these columns and ceilings.🙂

eto pa…🙂

Walking further, we can see the Corniche is near. Abot tanaw, abot kamay, Pak!🙂

Ayun, malapit na ang Corniche!

Along the road, is a huge green area with The Grand Mosque (too bad, didn’t get to visit. Next time lah), the Clock Tower and the Emiri Diwan (Presidential Palace) where the Emir of Qatar sits. Equivalent to Pinas’ Malakanyang.

The Grand Mosque (left), the Emiri Diwan (right), and Clock Tower (far right)

Opposite the Emiri Diwan is the lovely end part of Souq Jaidah,

Souq Jaidah at the background

A few more meters and we’re near the Corniche. Oha! Did it without collapsing hehe. Just kidding. Felt a little thirsty but more eager to finally reach the Dhow Boats port.

hokey, dalawang tawid na lang Corniche na!

Here’s a “map” of the walk route we did that morning to reach the Dhow Boats’ station and Nope, didn’t compute how many kilometers, basta walkable siya pramis. Hehe.🙂

Walkathon Map

Up Next: We’re goin cruisin’ baby!

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13 thoughts on “Kaliwali the heat, it’s the First Day of Eid!

  1. Pingback: Cheers from Aspire Zone, Doha « adbenturera

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  3. You should use the button “more” in the text editor to hide the part of your post, in every post.

  4. really appreciate the tip Victor! a month of blogging and still clueless to tricks, even basics. >_< thanks!

  5. Wow ganda naman ng Doha. At ang mga building nila ay may design na nakikita ang mga old architecture design ng kanilang kultura. Parang kasama na rin ako sa pasyal. God bless!

  6. salamat po Sir! ganda nga po kaya’t di kami napigil magmasid maski mainit ang panahon hehe. and i’ve learned to appreciate the traditional architecture, pangarap ko ring makita ung sa Ilocos sa atin, napakaganda sa mga larawan… God bless din po!🙂

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  8. Hey, beautiful pics… This is the first post I am seeing on Qatar and it seems like a beautiful place..

  9. thanks Snigdha! indeed Qatar is beautiful (with very nice museums)!

    Btw, I’m reading your current travels in Cambodia, Thailand – i want to go there too!🙂

    And come visit the Middle East too, and don’t forget a stop over here in Bahrain,

    Happy travels to us!🙂

  10. .. ang layooo ng nilakad nyo. ano bang klase init dyan (kasi sa tagal ko na nanatili sa disyerto, kaya ko sila ikumpara, haha.)? sa sharjah nga lang sumuko ako sa init.

  11. hehe, tolerable naman siya kuya, at indi mo pansin oras kasi sight seeing tlga habang nglalakad, may tambay tambay at upo upo pa yan to enjoy the scenery hehe, less than 40 temp nyan pero indi msyado humid, dry na init, tipid hangin until mkarating sa Corniche… pag medyo feeling ko sunog na e takbo sa pinakamalapit na lilim🙂

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