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Snapshots Qatar: Doha Airport Departures

@ Doha International Airport Departures, 20.08.12

@ Doha International Airport Departures, 20.08.12

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Wanderlust: Best of Travel 2012

Bahrain. Dubai. Abu Dhabi. Malasiqui. Manaoag. Baguio. Bolinao. Amwaj. Doha. Muscat. Dagupan. Cainta. Boracay. Clark. Singapore. Kuala Lumpur. Hong Kong. Macau. Calasiao. Manila. and then back to Bahrain again.

Nine countries, Nineteen cities, One year.

I think the travel bug bit me hard. 🙂

Wanderlust: Best of Travel 2012

Wanderlust: Best of Travel 2012 

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Up in the Air with British Airways

They said, when upset, inhale, exhale a dozen times and zip your mouth until you’re finally calm. So I’ve put off writing about our flying experience with BA until I finish the series on our recent Eid holiday trip to Qatar.

British Airways (BA) is the British-Spanish owned flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom, based in Waterside, near its main hub at London Heathrow (LHR) Airport. It is the largest airline in the UK based on fleet size, international flights and international destinations and second largest measured by passengers carried, behind easyJet. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways)

British Airways Logo

First of all, I am not an expert on airliners nor  technical stuff on aircrafts. I am basically a regular passenger who wants a safe, smooth journey and arrive at my destination on time. In short, hindi ako choosy. I just want to share my experience and maybe something to review prior to booking a subsequent flight. 🙂

For direct flights to Doha, the travel website showed Qatar Airways, Gulf Air and British Airways.

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Getting a Tourist Visa for Qatar

This post is related to our recent Eid holiday trip to Qatar (August 16-20, 2012),  and hope it may be helpful in any way if you’re planning  to visit Qatar anytime soon.

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

Qatar grants tourist visas at border points for the nationals of more than 33 countries including USA, Canada, European countries, et al besides the nationals and professional residents of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries.

*GCC countries consists of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

For more information / details on  VOA from Qatar’s Ministry of Interior website, please click here.

Buboy & I fall under the category – GCC residents – being holders of valid RP (resident permit) in Bahrain.

Bahrain RP (left) & UAE Visa On Arrival (right)

Bahrain RP (left) & UAE Visa On Arrival (right)

However, not all RPs are entitled. Qatar has a specific list of professions which may only be granted VOA. To see the list, please click here.

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Qatar Explorers for 4 Days

Wallah, we did it!

We were able to brave and survive the summer heat while exploring Qatar and am glad it was somehow a balance of indoor + outdoor activities with DIY trips as well “guided tours” by our Doha-based friends.

Here’s the summary of our 4D/4N adventure, 🙂

16 Aug 2012 (Thursday, still Ramadan)

7:00 pm Check in @ BIA, Bahrain

Parang concert lang ni Madonna, the airport was full! There were long lines everywhere. Holiday mood talaga. It’s good that I always do web check-in prior, so we just had to present our printed boarding pass, drop checked luggage and breeze thru immigrations.

hooong daming tao! 🙂

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The Awesome Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

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 overnight swimming and camping at Dukhan Beach last night, we’re now on our Day 4 & last day in Doha.

As Buboy’s clearly sleep-deprived from all the swimming & chatting last night and practically sleep-walked to the hotel room, I let him sleep while I fixed our stuff, did web check-in for tonight’s flight back to Bahrain, printed our boarding passes, et al. At around noon, woke him up to prep for check out. We left our bags at the reception and headed out. Kaliwali the heat. 🙂 

It’s also the second day of Eid Al Fitr, which we were anticipating for the re-opening of MIA. 

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is located off the Corniche, Doha, Qatar. 

Welcome to MIA

The museum opened its doors to the public in late 2008. Designed by world-renowned architect I. M. Pei (of Louvre’s pyramid), MIA is built on a stand-alone island on Doha Bay, surrounded by a park.

MIA up close

MIA reflects the essence of Islamic architecture, and has become a remarkable icon for the city of Doha.

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Swimming, BBQ + bonfire picnic & overnight camping @ Dukhan Beach

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. 🙂

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It’s our fourth night in Qatar, and what better way to spend it than camping by the beach?

Dukhan Beach, is located in Dukhan Industrial City, Al Jumaliyah, Qatar.

Dukhan Beach by night

After our awesome Doha Bay Dhow Cruise earlier that day, we went to City Center for lunch and to buy stuff needed for our Dukhan trip that evening.

Our friends Joyce and Ron informed us the previous day about the trip and we (op kors!) willingly obliged. Having spent the first three nights at the hotel, overnight camping by the beach is definitely something different and exciting. Yay!

Boy Scout Buboy ready by 7pm – Excited lang. 🙂

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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! 🙂

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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 🙂

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Cheers from Aspire Zone, Doha

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. :)

So, after having ice cream at The Pearl Qatar, we were off to our next destination, Aspire Zone!

The Aspire Zone (also known as Doha Sports City) is a world class sports complex in Al Waab District, Doha, Qatar.

Welcome to Aspire Zone!

Aspire Zone is a 250 hectare facility featuring Khalifa Stadium, Hamad Aquatic Center, Aspire Dome, The Torch Tower, and near my dream mall, Villaggio. 🙂

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