Posts Tagged With: middle-east

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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Backpack Blues – Middle East Edition

Except when travelling to Manila, I prefer to travel light.

(Bahrain – Manila economy flights normally have 20-30 kg checked luggage allowance. So far, all the amazing airlines I’ve flown allowed extra kgs @ FOC (really appreciated, thank u!) which equates to at least 2 nos. of  humongous  suitcases + 2 nos. almost oversized carry ons + duty free alcohol and other purchases. I remember I even brought a 32″ LCD TV home in 2010, OFWng OFW ang peg mga frenships, hehehe.)

Below photo taken during the Power Rangers’ vacation in June 2011.

Lilo the meow meow: No, no, no! Please don’t go! Don’t leave me here! waaaaa….

Travelling light means just me and my backpack. No checked luggage = no waiting in the carousel = speedy exit at the airport. 🙂

How bout you? What’s in your backpack? : )

The Backpack – Middle East Edition

The Middle East climate generally has long, very hot and humid  summers and short, moderate winters. Rain is equivalent to a one minute drizzle and that’s it. Bad weather (i.e. dust storm / sandstorm) consists of dust + strong winds + Clarinase (hatchoo!).

Keeping this in mind, a light backpack is essential. Unless you want to work up a bucket of sweat and collapse. 🙂

What’s inside?

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At The Top, Burj Khalifa

During a weekend seminar in Dubai In Feb 2012, we managed to “escape” to have our lunch somewhere. Where else? At The Top, Burj Khalifa. 🙂

Way Up, to the Top!

I recall spending 3 weeks in Dubai in the summer of 2009, walking along Dubai Mall’s promenade waiting for the Dancing Fountain show… Burj Khalifa (called Burj Dubai then) was still under construction that time and I made a silent vow to return and see it after its completion. And this was it pancit!

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Juzur Ḩawār

This post is part of a series on Bahrain’s tourist attractions, notable places of interest, and just about everything I love about the island. Bahrain has been home to me since 2007.

Summer in Bahrain can really be scorching hot, but it’s no excuse to just turn up the AC and watch TV. Yes, there’s another list of great indoor stuff we can do, but what about the beach? And just what are sunscreens made for? 🙂

So one weekend in June 2010, everybody (well, almost) packed their bags and headed to Hawar….:)

Juzur Hawar main island

The Hawar Islands (Arabic: جزر حوار‎; translated: Juzur Ḩawār) are a group of islands situated off the west coast of Qatar in the Gulf of Bahrain of the Persian Gulf. It is also a Ramsar site.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

This post is a part of a weekend trip to the UAE in February 2012. We attended a conference-seminar in Dubai and spent the rest of our stay sightseeing. The weather was perfect for the outdoors, bright and sunny with cool breezes (tail end of winter season). First stop of our “Capital Adventure” was the Grand Mosque.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Arabic :جامع الشيخ زايد الكبير) is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.

The Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His final resting place is located on the grounds beside the same mosque.

As the country’s grand mosque, it is the key place of worship for Friday gathering and Eid prayers. It is the largest mosque in the UAE and numbers during Eid can be more than forty thousand people.

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