The middle east is one of my favorite regions to visit in the winter. The weather is nice and warm, there are super modern cities right next to preserved traditional towns, the landscapes are epic, and the ocean water is as clean and clear as they can possibly be. Doha is a smaller city, but it packs a punch.
We set it up so that we had layovers in Doha on the way to and from Bali. Each were for around 10-12 hours which was a good amount of time to explore the city and have a few nice meals. On long layovers like this, Amanda and I usually get access to an airport lounge so that we can relax and shower since thats all you want after being on a plane for 12+ hours. Since Doha is such an inexpensive city, we found really nice hotels for about $60/day so that's what we opted for instead. A nice clean relaxing hotel room to drop our bags off, shower, and nap if needed. It's nice having a "home base".
Doha is a very modern, clean and safe city. It's easy to get in an Uber to head anywhere you want for really cheap.
One of our favorite things to see was the Islamic Museum of Art. We walked there from Souq Waqif, which is a local market area, and it was sooooo nice to be able to have a nice warm walk next to the scenic harbor after months of cold, snowy weather back in New York. I saw some of the bluest waters ever, with all the oldschool Abra boats in the foreground and then an ultra modern skyline in the background. Such drastic contrast all in one.
The Islamic Museum of Art was a really photogenic building that is free as well as air conditioned, which is prefect when its 90˚F + outside. Theres cool places to explore inside and outside the museum, and even a cafe on the first floor with epic views of the harbor.
On our second trip back to Doha, we were able to experience the skyline at night. I was looking forward to this a lot since I'm big into cityscapes. A lot of the architecture is really unique and I only wish I had more time there. I had an Uber driver drop me off in the middle of the city as I walked almost alone through the empty streets.
I highly recommend a stop over in Doha if you ever have the chance. You probably only need a good 3-5 days there max to really enjoy everything, so it's ideal for a stop over on the way somewhere else in the world. Hopefully we get to make it back soon!
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