Last week it was announced that Palm Island is set to once again become a tourist attraction . So I felt it was very important to get a good photograph of the island before the work begins.

Photo of Palm Island from above, Doha, Qatar
Last week it was announced that Palm Island is set to once again become a tourist attraction . So I felt it was very important to get a good photograph of it before the work begins.

11 years ago (2007) I came to Qatar for a 3 day business trip. This is my photos from that visit.

Unfortunately during this visit I had very little time to look around Qatar. Our driver just made a couple of stops for us to jump out and grab some shots. And my camera was very basic with quite a low resolution. Also I didn’t really know what I was shooting. Obviously in hind site I would have loved to have taken many more photos of things that would be really interesting to look back on now.

One of the shots is of Katara before the ground was raised in front of it. There is a couple of Zig Zag (Lagoona) Towers while they were still under construction, and of course a number of shots taken in the city. We also had a brief excursion to Barzan Towers so there are a number of images of the towers and also a couple taken from the top of Barzan Towers showing the area surrounding them. Which these days has been fully developed.

We were staying in the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and I snapped some shots of the reclamation of land which is now Lusail from my hotel window.

An interesting project would be for me to return to these exact locations and take the same shots again for comparison. Perhaps one day I will get around to it.


Last Thursday I was invited to take some photos at the award winning Italian restaurant ‘Antica Pesa’ located in the grounds of the Marsa Malaz Kempinski hotel, on the Pearl Qatar.

One of the things I love about doing what I do, is visiting outstanding venues, meeting extremely interesting people and trying some exceptional food. Oh wait… that’s three things. Ah well…

Anyway, take a look at the images below and you will see what I mean 😉

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Having been here in Qatar for almost eight years now, there is one tourist destination that has been on my to do list all of that time. A destination that requires a vehicle capable of off roading, and that is something I have never possessed here.

My son on the other hand has got a suitable vehicle and although I have avoided going into the dessert with him so far (because he is a nutter when driving off road), Victoria and I decided we would join him for this jolly to finally go and see Film City.

Film City is located on the West Coast of Qatar in the middle of the dessert, and was used for filming a soap called ‘Ayal Al Theeb’ (Sons of The Wolf) a Qatari soap that was first broadcast in the year 2000. Although no longer used for filming, the location remains, and appears to have people living there and maintaining it.

So last Friday the three of us set out from Doha in the direction of Dukhan. We were being guided by Google Maps, and it turns out that is a big mistake. Apparently there is a much better route which involves going to Zekreet and then on from there. But that is something we have learned since making the trip.

Anyway once we got there we found a very well maintained small compound. If I had not been told it was a film set, I would never have guessed. Personally I found nothing of interest there, and just snapped off some shots on my phone to prove I had finally done it. We weren’t keen to hang around because the wind was blowing like mad, and it was blooming freezing. For me this was worse because I was dressed like it was still summer, something I really regretted. Bri and Vic had dressed a little more appropriately, but even they were cold.

There is a little shop there where you can buy drinks and snacks, but we were keen to get away as soon as possible.

Once back in the car we decided to take in another point of interest located nearby. We actually drove past EAST-WEST / WEST-EAST BY RICHARD SERRA on the way to Film City, but decided to go and see it on our way back. This piece of dessert art was of much greater interest to me, and made the trip worthwhile in my opinion.


All in all, a nice ride out. We left Doha around 12 noon, and were back around 6pm including a stop in the Mall of Qatar to get supplies on the way there, and a much needed coffee beak on the way back in Mc Donalds Dukhan.

Would I do it again? Nope! Once done, it’s done.