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Three years ago we visited Dubai and Doha. Doha is the capital of Qatar. My boyfriend has spent quite a bit of time in Doha on a project in the past, so he was the perfect tour guide. I highly recommend Qatar Airways. I would say that is one of the cleanest and most updated plane I have ever been on. The main airport in Doha is Hamad International. It is a very clean and safe airport.
I loved this trip. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Doha. I was surprised to find this city charming, safe and full of history. Ladies make sure to dress modestly and you won’t have any problems. Also public displays of affection are not a good idea.
Standing next to Dhows for rent. Diplomatic area of Doha behind us.
Map of Doha and Dubai
Official mascot Orry the Oryx on the Corniche. Official mascot of the 2006 Asian Games, now being used for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid Ladies that lunch. Qatari women are not allowed to drink. In fact alcohol is only served in hotels. So instead of drinking, many Qataris smoke Dokha or Shisha. Unlike Shisha, Dokha is not cured with molasses. Dokha has higher concentration of nicotine compared to other forms of tobacco.
A must visit area is the Souq Waqif. It is a market with a labyrinth of stores. I was so impressed with the colorful spice stores. You definitely get the feel of the history and culture of Qatar. Although it dates back a couple of hundred years, it was updated in 2006 to traditional Qatari architectural style. It would be the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine to people watch…if only wine was allowed.
We also stopped by the Villagio Mall. I am not much for shopping, but was told this is a mall you have to see. I felt like we were at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. As we followed the canals thru the mall we were in awe of much it looked like the Venetian. Painted ceilings to look like the sky were unbelievable. Canals with Gondola rides. Was Villagio to duplicate Venice or the Venetian? Hard to say…worth stopping by this mall.
We are Hilton Honors members. We were pleasantly surprised we were upgraded to the penthouse suite. Floor to ceiling views of Doha and the marina. It was breathtaking. The room smelled a little of smoke. I am guessing there has been quite a few parties in this suite. An interesting fact with Hilton Honors programs, usually the hotel uses the top floor or a floor close to the top for the Hilton Honors members. This is an area to enjoy views, breakfast, cocktails or just catch up on work. It is definitely a perk of staying at HIlton.