As time ticks down, my departure for Qatar draws closer and closer.6:05 pm, you’ll find me taking off from Washington Dulles International Airport, en route to Frankfurt, and later onto Doha. I’ve done my research, I’ve gathered prices, and I’ve made reservations. I’ve left myself a few days for exploration, but for the most part, I know what I’m doing, and this post is to share with you those plans!
The Souq Waqif, or “standing market”, is world renowned for it’s fabulous shopping. Goods range from handmade cultural textiles all the way up to high end retailer stores including Coach, Louis Vuitton, and many others. Many say this is one of the best places to visit for real cultural immersion, something I am most certainly interested in. I’m not going to lie, I’ve always wanted an Arabian scarf, but I’ve wanted to wait until I had actually visited an Arab country. It’s definitely high up on my wish list.
Kayaking the Mangroves
Unbeknownst to me, Qatar apparently has mangroves! My friend Noah, who I’ll be traveling with, suggested we take an expedition out to the mangroves of Qatar and explore via kayak. Obviously, I jumped on the opportunity faster then a prairie fire with a tail wind. I don’t know what to expect from this, but I plan on relaying the entire experience back to you all.
Overnight Desert Safari
When we first decided to venture to Qatar, the thing that popped up in my mind the quickest was “Desert”. I’ve always wanted to visit one, and now I’ve finally got the opportunity! I did my research and came to the conclusion that an overnight desert safari was in order. The plan is to go sand duning in 4×4’s, led by for hire guides. They’ll take us out to a camp where they’ll have dinner, drinks, and shisha. This is where we’ll stay the night. In the morning we’ll have opportunities to go sand boarding and ride camels. My heart is racing just telling you all about this.
For those of you who are curious, this is the organization we’ll be going through; Qatar Inbound Tours
Weekend Trip to Dubai
Why not? We’re so close! The flight is about an hour and fifteen minutes from Doha, and only runs about $150 round trip. Dubai is the Las Vegas of the Middle East, and we plan on having a good time. While there, I can’t exactly tell you what the plan is, only because I don’t know. If you have any suggestions, let me know! I’d love for some ideas.
Noah’s Mom works for Al Jazeera and hopefully I’ll be able to snag a tour of their facilities! I don’t follow their news site very much, but I am aware of their status and would love to know about their operations. It’s like taking a personalized tour of CNN headquarters or BBC, a once in a lifetime opportunity.