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The Royal Tandoor in Doha

More than a year ago, some friends took us to a restaurant in Doha that we loved. We looked and looked, and we never could find it.

Then, when we were taking our friends to eat at the Majliss, AdventureMan stopped and said “Isn’t that the restaurant we were looking for? I think it is!” and it was almost right across the street from the Majlis.

We decided to give it another try as soon as possible – and oh, was it worth it.

Every now and then, you have a meal where every single thing you order is exactly right. This was one of those meals.

We had the sizzling grilled shrimp, a hammour dish, a vegetable jalfrezi, and a veg biriyani, with a side of raita. Every dish was delicious.





They have little booths with curtains across them, if you get there early enough, or you can sit out in the open area. Service is courteous and prompt. We can hardly wait to go again – it is really good.

October 17, 2009 Posted by | Doha, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Qatteri Cat | 12 Comments

Fuel Station Inspections

This last week an underground tank at a fuel station not too far from us blew up. There were no fatalities, thanks be to God, but some very scared laborers, who were in a bus that fell into the hole after the explosion.

This morning AdventureMan called; he had driven by and saw the scene: a blown-out underground tank, evidence everywhere of the blast, and a sign that says “Station temporarily closed for maintenance.”

Fuel station safety to be reviewed
Web posted at: 10/17/2009 1:2:52

DOHA: Safety conditions at petrol and automobile service stations across the country might be reviewed by the authorities.

The government is setting up a committee to study the condition of petrol and service stations.

The move follows a massive explosion which took place in a fuel storage tank at a service station in the city early on Wednesday morning.

The incident left a bus and car, which were refuelling there, partly damaged. Some labourers who were being transported to their work site in the bus, suffered minor injuries. Some shops in the vicinity of the tank were also damaged, albeit slightly.

The explosion, an Interior Ministry source told Al Sharq, did not take place due to any laxity in safety measures. Rather, it was a freak accident.

Nevertheless, plans are afoot to have a panel in place which would assess the need to review the condition of the existing fuel storage tanks at petrol and service stations and see if they could be reconstructed, if the need be, the source said.

The proposed committee will have experts and work under Qatar Petroleum (QP). It will have representatives from the Interior Ministry and other government agencies as well.

The Civil Defence Department, which is a part of the Interior Ministry, monitors safety conditions at fuel stations. It is studying the conditions and assessing if they need to be improved.

It is likely that regular monitoring of fuel storage tanks would be done.

Meanwhile, there have been 478 incidents of fire in the country so far this year.

At least two people have died in these incidents and eight have suffered serious injuries.

Some 26 incidents of fire have taken place in homes, 99 in vehicles and 43 in commercial establishments other than industrial units. Some 30 industrial units have reported fires, while nine farm houses and two ships were also involved in incidents of fire.


October 17, 2009 Posted by | Building, Doha, ExPat Life, Humor, Living Conditions, Qatar | Leave a comment