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! 🙂
Yalla, let’s enjoy the panoramic view of Doha city skyline on board a traditional wooden dhow! 🙂
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).
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
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.
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.
So with safety checked, now let’s enjoy the view!
The cruise went smoothly, no big waves or strong winds, just a mild breeze which served like general air conditioning.
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.
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
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! 🙂
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.)
We finally reached our starting point, disembarked and happily thanked our boat guys for an awesome trip.
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!