Doha, Qatar


The city center skyline of the very modern city of Doha, Qatar, is dominated by skyscrapers built in the 21st century


Doha, capital of the peninsular Persian Gulf country Qatar – jutting out from Saudi Arabia, is a modern city on Doha Bay.  Ringing its downtown waterfront are numerous parks and the Corniche Promenade.  On a man-made island, the I.M. Pei–designed Museum of Islamic Art houses an extensive collection from across the Muslim world.  At Souq Waqif, a traditional market, vendors offer goods like clothing, crafts and spices.  The city’s population has grown significantly over the past few decades and now numbers nearly 800,000, with the majority being immigrant laborers (particularly from India, Pakistan and Nepal) and ex-pat “white-collar” workers, dwarfing the local Qatari population.



Designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, the iconic modern exterior of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) — with Islamic inspiration — stands out on the peninsula of Doha Bay; it houses an impressive collection of items that represent more than 1,400 years of history and includes manuscripts, ceramics, ivory, textiles, wood and precious stones from three continents; Doha, Qatar



The Village Restaurant building at the edge of Souq Waqif is a modern addition to the traditional wandering maze of shops and restaurants in the sprawling souq; Doha, Qatar


The traditional trading center for centuries, the Souq Waqif remains one of the most traditional marketplaces in the region and is the ideal place to purchase a Qatari dress, embroidered bukhnoqs (girl’s head covering), spices, and oud (perfume made from agarwood); Doha, Qatar



The Spices and Sweets Souq is a fragrant corner of Souq Waqif that is the ideal place to find exotic and traditional spices and sweets; Doha, Qatar



Another corner of Souq Waqif specializes in birds and bird cages, including exotic species; Doha, Qatar



Three local Qatari men enjoying hookahs while checking their cellphones and dining outdoors at Souq Waqif; Doha, Qatar



A local artist with paintings of local scenes in his gallery, with portraits of the former Emir (“king”) of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani (reigned form 1995 to 2013), on the left, and his son, the reigning Emir, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on the right, at Souq Waqif; Doha, Qatar



Locally designed and produced ceramics at Souq Waqif; Doha, Qatar



The main dining room of Parisa Persian Cuisine restaurant in Souq Waqif where we had a very enjoyable dinner during our layover excursion from the Doha, Qatar, airport, en route from California to Bali, Indonesia, to embark on our floating home



All of the Persian paintings and decorations were made on site by Persian artists and artisans flown in from Iran by Parisa Persian Cuisine restaurant in Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar



The beautiful, modern mosque in Doha, Qatar, located near Souq Waqif


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    • Thanks for the note, Marcie! I have found that having a wall, post, pillar, etc. somewhere nearby — when you aren’t carrying your tripod around (who does on overseas adventures except assignment photographers?) — is really handy as a tripod substitute for the long exposures needed at night. Photoshop’s noise reduction filters also help clean up the raw images.


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