We swooped into Doha for several days Tours in Doha
Coming face-to-face with the Lamp Bear.
I was with a group on a wonderfully insightful tour of many of the places that make Doha what it is and intends to become.
A visit into Al Jazeera enabled us to learn from Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English Channel, on the challenges of broadcasting from Qatar into the English speaking world.
At the Qatar Foundation, we got a great view of the modern educational focus of Doha, and the approach they take to empower Arab youth.
Part of their remit is to oversee the remarkable Qatar Library, which provides books in a physical form within a futuristic almost fully automated system.
Exploring Doha’s fine museums we visited the National Museum, which opened earlier in 2019 & the Museum of Islamic Arts.
I stayed in Qatar for a while, after the group flew back to the USA. This gave me a chance to visit the Msheireb Museums, which though on a different scale to the Museum of Islamic Art and National Museum, are perhaps more thought-provoking, especially the Bin Jelmood House which illustrates the trade in slaves.
Doha provided plenty of quirky highlights amongst the modernity – we passed camels on the Corniche –
and had a great visit into both Souq Waqif and of course the Falcon Souq.
Our base was the glamorous W Hotel, which offered us amongst other things – very comfortable beds!