Instead of choosing souvenirs or gifts from Qatar, which are made errrr…. elsewhere in Asia. How about selecting something truly made in Qatar, and to your own special order. The Dromedary Club located on the Salwa & C Ring Road Intersection (known locally as Ramada Signal) will produce a wallet, purse, bag…. well you get the idea. Anything leather. And they can make it out of camel or horse leather for you.
It’s not while you wait, as there is an order book. But you can watch items being made, and if you want to, you can arrange to visit while your order is being made. Just be aware you need to think about ordering your gift/souvenir a little in advance. Perhaps even ordering before arriving in Qatar.
Back in March I was privileged to have a tour of the top of Burj Doha. The tower was built for H.E. Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohamed Bin Ali Al-Thani and was completed in 2012. Deigned by Jean Nouvel the tower is one of the many iconic buildings to be found in Qatar’s West Bay area.
Unfortunately in 2014 Sheikh Saoud passed away at the young age of 48. And work inside the top of Burj Doha stopped. Thus in March 2019 it looks the same as it did back in November 2014.
The private area which includes a swimming pool is accessible only by a private express elevator direct from the ground with no stops. The image below shows a model of how things could have looked. Featuring the display of art and a a library.
For any Christians visiting Qatar, that would like to attend a church service. You can pop along to the Religious Complex located in Abu Hamour. Taxi drivers will know how to get you there no problem. But here is a map just in case.
You need to be aware that the religious day in the Gulf Region is on a Friday not a Sunday. Although most churches offer a Sunday evening service, Friday is the day most people are not in work. And thus the main services are on a Friday.
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It is my absolute belief that Hameed Hamad Taryam Store located in Dar Al Salam Mall, Abu Hamour. Is almost certainly the cheapest place to buy perfume and Cologne in Qatar. And the savings are not small savings. If you are looking to purchase cologne as gifts, or even for yourself of course. It is well worth a taxi ride to Dar Al Salam Mall to get what you need there.
Last week I spotted Davidoff Cool Water in Lulu Supermarket for only QR 99 (GBP 21.41 – USD 27.19). Which I thought was a complete bargain. It normally retails at QR 129 (GBP 27.90 – USD 35.43) so I bought a bottle there and then as I hadn’t had time to get over to Dar Al Salam Mall, which is where I usually buy my smellies. I was very pleased with the saving until the next day. Having been nowhere near Dar Al Salam Mall for months, the very next day I found myself driving past it. So I popped in. Went to the 1st floor and headed for Hameed Hamad Taryam. Damn it!! Same bottle of Davidoff Cool Water purchased in Lulu was only QR 80 (GBP 17.30 – USD 21.97) there.
expensive smellies that I treat myself to much less often. Are usually 40 to
50% cheaper in Hameed Hamad Taryam. I strongly recommend a visit. And no I am
not sponsored by them in any way. And have had no freebies off of them. Just
good service and brilliant prices.
Brilliant news, the Qatar Metro has launched and is running. But what does this mean for visitors? Well the first thing I must point out is that for the moment only the Red Line is operating, and it’s in ‘Preview Mode’ with reduced days/hours and stations. The service is currently operating Saturday to Thursday, 6am until 11pm, Fridays operate from 2pm until 11pm. And there are 5 stations that although not open yet, will be in the near future.
How to Use the Metro Red Line for Visitors
You can buy a reusable or single use tickets at any of the stations. There are plenty of really helpful staff around to ensure you don’t have any problem doing this.
Southern stations are not so interesting for visitors
You can split the Red Line into North and South with Msheireb Station in the middle. Msheireb is the central and main station servicing all lines (when they open). To the south of Msheireb are: Doha Jadeda, Umm Ghuwailina, Matar Qadeem, Oqba Ibn Naif, Free Zone and Ras Bu Fontas. Terminating at Al Wakra. All of these stations seem to be orientated towards commuters as their locations and shuttle bus services focus on residential and work locations rather than places of interest.
However I do recommend riding between Oqba Ibn Naif and Wakrah because you switch from underground to over ground rail, and it’s well worth the views. Watch the video below:-
Msheireb and to the North
It’s the stations to the North of Msheireb that really have interest value for visitors to Qatar. And I must also stress that Msheireb station itself should be on your list of places to visit. So, I’m going to start here.
Within easy walking distance of Msheireb Station are Msheireb Downtown Doha and the Msheireb Museums . And as long as you don’t get lost, you may also like to walk around the old Doha areas adjacent before they get redeveloped as well. This will give you a feel for Doha in later decades.
And if you use the free shuttle bus (which runs every 12 minutes), you can take a short ride to the MUST SEE ‘Souq Waqif’
Al Bidda Station
Al Bidda Park is really quiet something. It’s a large expanse of green grass, trees and leisure facilities overlooking Doha bay (Corniche). It’s free to enter and is just a beautiful place to chill, relax, BBQ (there are free BBQ stations), walk, run exercise…. Whatever you like to do in a park. And Al Bidda station has an entrance\exit that brings you up directly into it. You may consider visiting in the evening when it’s cooler especially during the summer.
The two main things accessible from Al Corniche Station are the General Post Office, and The Corniche. As a visitor I think you are most likely only going to visit the Corniche, but if you are into architecture or need to post a letter, then the GPO (General Post Office) is worthy of a quick walk.
The Corniche is quite simply stunning. And is most definitely
a Qatar MUST SEE. When you emerge from the station you will see two decorative
above land tunnels. Take the one to the left and you will arrive at the GPO.
Take the one directly in front of you and you will arrive on The Corniche.
When you cross the road (please be very careful doing this)
on the Corniche you will find my favourite restaurant ‘The Al Morjan’. I
strongly recommend sitting on the Al Morjan terrace and enjoying a delicious
meal while taking in the breath-taking views of West Bay and the tranquillity of
West Bay Station
Located within West Bay, this station is very useful for
getting to Ezdan Hotel. And could be used for for visiting Qatar Sports Club which
is within walking distance (about 10 mins walk). Other than that it’s commuters
who would get most use out of this station. As it’s perfect for several large
office towers and complexes. But not much to see as a visitor unless you like
walking a lot.
DECC stands for Doha Exhibition and Conference Centre. And the
station is right outside the entrance to the DECC. The station is in very easy
walking distance to one of Qatar’s major malls ‘City Centre Mall’ as well the
Gate Mall and numerous hotels and office buildings (for which there is a free
shuttle bus). If you are not visiting an exhibition or conference, then a visit
to ‘City Centre Mall’ is well worth stopping at this station for some retail
therapy anyway. The mall also has a very large supermarket if you are in need
Al Qassar Station
Al Qassar station is within walking distance (hot walking
distance) of the InterContinental and St. Regis hotels. It’s also right next to
the Qatar International Exhibition Centre.
Sometime soon the Katara Metro Station will be open. But until it does Al Qassar serves the purpose very well. But be sure to use the underpass that will deliver you safely from Al Qassar station directly into Katara without having to cross a major road.
The two types of Standard Class disposable tickets are; ‘Single Use’ which costs QR 2 (GBP 43p, USD 54 cents) and will take you from any station to any station (but not back again). And ‘Day Pass’ that will allow you to ride all day long (within a calendar day) getting on and off wherever you like as many times as you like for QR 6 (GBP £1.29, USD $1.64). Both can be bought from machines located within the stations using cash (QAR only I’m afraid) or card. Help is available, you will not have a problem.
A Rechargeable Standard Class Travel Card costs QR 10 and
you can add as much credit to that as you like. It will then deduct QR 2 for
each journey you make. However, the maximum it will debit per day is QR 6.
After QR 6 you ride for free within the same day.
Travelling in style with ‘goldclub’
If you want to ride in the Gold Class carriage, your going
to need a ‘goldclub’ card. And that will cost you QR 10 (GBP £2.15,
USD $2.74) per journey. However if you are using a rechargeable ‘goldclub’ card
which costs QR 100 (GBP £21.58, USD $27.47) to buy (before you add credit), or a ‘Gold
Day Pass’ which costs QR 30 (GBP £6.47, USD $8.24) you can ride all day and
pay only a maximum of QR 30.
Gold Class cards are also available within the stations, and
in fact there are special Gold Class offices, so you even get special treatment
buying your cards.
A very affordable and convenient way to sightsee in Doha, is to jump on a number 777 bus. It doesn’t have too many stops and travels from Doha International Airport, along the Corniche, through West Bay and on to the Pearl. The route takes in some of the must see sights of Doha.
The 777 route is circular, so it will bring you back to wherever yo get on. Unless you get off at any of its interesting stops. And buses run at a frequency of 20 minutes. So you never have long to wait for one to come along if you do get off.
You can buy a Karwa Smartcard on the bus. But they only accept local currency. And they are an absolute bargain at just QR 10. Even better is the fact that you can use them for up to two rides. So if you do get off. You can get back on and ride on the same ticket again. But you can only do that once. Or you will need to buy another ticket.
The service starts at 5am and ends at 11pm seven days a week. So there is plenty of opportunity to take a ride. Please take a look at our YouTube video below, to get a good idea of what you will see.
If you are considering buying a new mobile phone in Qatar, below are some sample prices to guide you.
All mobile phones sold in Qatar are unlocked
In Qatar there are no monthly contract deals for mobile phones combined with usage. All mobile phones sold in Qatar are unlocked and ready for any service provider.
The prices given below are the cheapest found on the date shown along with the retailer offering these prices. Only the cheapest prices are shown. If a cheaper price is found then that price will be updated along with the retailer where it was found.
The Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ found in Carrefour City Center needs a special mention. QR 239 is a really great price. That’s the same as in the UK and you don’t have to pay a fortune to ship it to Qatar.
Most visitors arriving at Hamad International Airport will just want to jump into a taxi and quickly get to where they are going. But if you are not too tired, can easily handle your luggage and have a little more time on your hands. You can elect to take a bus for a fraction of the cost. Getting around Qatar can be very affordable using the Karwa bus service.
cost between QAR 2.50 and QAR 7.00 but can only be paid for by cash (local
cash). Single journey tickets can be bought on the bus.
also buy Smart Cards at a machine located in the Bus Terminal at Hamad
International Airport. The machine accepts local currency or a credit card.
transport smart cards are needed to ride Karwa public bus. Top-up amount in
multiples of Qr.10. Buy and top-up Karwa smart card at ticket vending machines
at Hamad International Airport, Doha Bus Station, The Pearl Qatar and Qatar
Mall, also partner merchants.
of Karwa smart card:
Card, (Cost: QR.30): Rechargeable card for long term.
Card, 24hr (Cost: QR.10): Good for two journeys within 24-hrs of purchase.
Card, 24hr (Cost: QR.20): Good for unlimited journeys within 24-hrs of
Limited Card, 24hr
Unlimited Card, 24hr
For more information and to check the information being given in this article is still up to date and correct, please go to www.mowasalat.com or call Qatar (+974) 443 66 053
When you arrive in HIA (Hamad International Airport) Qatar or DOH as it will appear on your ticket, you can get access to the airports free WiFi. After disembarking from your aircraft simply turn on your phone and connect to #HIAQatar Complimentary
After connecting to #HIAQatar Complimentary you should see the screen below.
There are two ways to get free internet at HIA, if you flew with Qatar Airways you should select [Connect using QR booking]. You will find your QR booking code on your ticket. If you arrived with any other airline you need to select [Connect using SMS]. If you select [Connect using SMS] you will need to enter the phone number of your mobile.
WARNING: The only disadvantage of using the [Connect using SMS] option is that you must have roaming enabled on your phone to receive the SMS Access Code if you are not using a Qatari SIM. If you are enabling roaming on your phone you may want to ensure that data roaming is turned off to avoid incurring expensive data roaming charges. Make sure you turn off data roaming before turning off your phone during takeoff.
Once you receive your Wi-Fi Access code, you simply enter it and your free WiFi will begin. Then you can turn off all roaming on your phone if you need to.
Now you can use the free WiFi to chat with whoever is meeting you on the other side in arrivals, and let everyone back home know you have arrived safely.
Want to know more about the prices of Fast Food in Qatar? Here is a price guide for what to expect to find in food courts across Qatar. This section will be updated as often as possible, but please treat it as example prices only. Also please be aware that exchange rates change much faster than this price guide can be updated.
Big Mac Meal
Big Tasty Meal
Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal
Chicken Mac Meal
McChicken Meal (Original)
McChicken Meal (Spicy)
McArabia Chicken Meal
Grand Chicken Meal (Spicy)
Grand Chicken Meal (Special)
Chicken McNuggets Meal (9 pcs)
Link to McDonald’s Qatar Home Delivery menu click HERE