Summer Cruisin’ @ Doha Bay

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. :)

It’s our Third Day in Doha, and the First Day of Eid Al Fitr!

EID MUBARAK EVERYONE!🙂

We started out early (yes, compared to our 1st and 2nd days, hehe) for an amazing walking tour of Doha from our hotel until we reach the Dhow Boats station along the marvelous Corniche.

lezzzgow cruisin!🙂

Yallalet’s enjoy the panoramic view of Doha city skyline on board a traditional wooden dhow!🙂

photo before boarding, chos.

Actually, there’s more than one spot along the Corniche where the dhows take passengers for cruising. The one which took us was near the Dhow Harbour (which is also the first boat we saw, hehe).

Interior of the dhow boat🙂

The cruise lasts for about half an hour, and we paid QAR 60 (USD 16.50). We were the boat’s first passengers and thought we’d be waiting for the boat to fill.

It was OK for us though, as we weren’t in any way in a hurry and that waiting would mean more time sightseeing inside the shade of the boat, with the light breeze brushing against your face, no problemo!🙂

But it actually didn’t! After a few minutes, the boat guys started to prep for sailing, the boat’s motor started (yes, it runs with a motor hehe).

At the last minute, 3 Indian guys came and joined us but didn’t see much of them during the trip, they preferred staying on the top deck. Nope, we didn’t go up there. It was almost 11am lah, I didn’t want to be toasted! = p

super happy lang? note the super sweaty shirt = p

The boat we took offered cruising only. But special arrangements can be made if you want to also have sheesha (hubbly bubbly water pipe with flavoured tobacco),  food and drinks (snacks, lunch, dinner) onboard.

happy! it was windy eh🙂

Dhow cruise means  FUN as well as SAFE. I looked around and saw it was equipped with safety equipment including life rings, life jackets, fire extinguisher and first aid kit.

Yes, ako na. Ako na ang paranoid. Hehe. I don’t know how to swim noh. So I made sure they had these stuff and reachable, just in case.

West Bay view from the boat

So with safety checked, now let’s enjoy the view!

Every night in my dreams, i see u, i feel u… Pak!

The cruise went smoothly, no big waves or strong winds, just a mild breeze which served like general air conditioning.

approaching Palm Island

note the lone tree @ Palm Island🙂

The lone tree @ the Palm Island reminded me of the Tree of Life in Bahrain (it’s also alone in the middle of its desert area). And yes, haven’t been there eversince I arrived in 2007. Sa winter, pramis.

awesome West Bay view by day

Inhale the cool breeze…. This – is – what – you – call – paradiseeeeeee…. Chos.🙂

Please bear with me, it’s a rare experience hehe. Everyday at work, I look outside the office window and instead of dhow boats, we see gigantic cargo ships and oil tankers at the ship yard adjacent to us. On the other side is our Iron pelletizing plant and mountains of Bentonite. But op kors I love our factory. Tse, sipsip!  = p

ok, relaks relaks muna

Upon reaching Palm Island, the boat turned around and headed back to the Corniche. Wag muna!!! Let’s stay here until sunset! Just kidding. 

Medyo gutom na rin kami. We only had light breakfast that morning, and it’s almost noon. Lunchtime!🙂

feelingerong frog aka Buboy

Heading back to the Corniche, here are some more views, (By the way, all photos were taken by my phone only, still haven’t given in to buying a SLR cam hehehe. I have a P & S cam which I rarely use and looks more like a display toy in my cupboard in BAH hehe.)

heading back to the Corniche

view of the Emiri Diwan

another view, the souqs area… see the Fanar Mosque Minaret on the right?🙂

Buboy – ang batang Muro Ami, toinks!

We finally reached our starting point, disembarked and happily thanked our boat guys for an awesome trip.

Shukran for the awesome cruise, Doha Bay!🙂

We walked a bit more along the Corniche and waited for a cab to take us to City Center for lunch.

Afterwards, we went for a leisurely stroll (pampababa ng kinain) from the food court until we reached Carrefour supermarket. We bought food, drinks, other stuff needed for our next activity + destination.🙂

Our next adventure: Swimming, BBQ + bonfire picnic and overnight camping at Dukhan Beach!

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  2. looks like you guys is having the time of your lifes🙂

  3. thanks! a week away from work , makin’ the most of the holiday!🙂

  4. I can’t believe you did all this amazing touring in this humidity! That takes some guts! Thanks for giving me so many great ideas for places to see once I start to learn to get around in Doha.

  5. Hehe, call us brave! or maybe because it was Eid we were so high with the holiday mood!🙂 Doha is so beautiful we’re definitely coming back (esp. for the museums we missed). Winter is coming and it will be better for you exploring! Good luck and enjoy your stay in Doha!🙂

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  7. .. the sea looks very calm.

    .. bentonite? we use that here where i work.

  8. yep, no waves kuya. there was just mild breeze which i think dahil umaandar ung boat hehe, kaya smooth cruise, punta ka din soon! ganda museums nila,🙂

    yep, one of main raw mats for production, iron pellets. steel complex din kau?🙂

  9. .. bahrain muna next year! sa oil and gas drilling ako, ginagamit namin ang bentonite sa drilling mud.

    • i see, dami pala use ng bentonite, indi ko na niresearch maski araw araw kong nakikita ung mountains namin hehe, Bahrain? ayos!🙂

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  12. maganda pala talaga ang doha…

    sana next in line din ng trip namin yan…

    well detailed and ganda….

    panalo!…

  13. tenks and mashallah sis, pede ring i-skedyul na sa Eid Al Adha, hehe🙂

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