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Doha, Qatar, in Transition; Photos from Qatar in the Early 2000’s

As I was trying to clear out some files, I came across a file of photos I had saved from Doha, Qatar. Many of my earliest photos there were shot on film; I am guessing most of these are 2005 or later. When we arrived in Doha, it was still a sleepy little Arabian Gulf country on the edge of momentous growth and change. It was a charming country, the people were courteous and sweet.

One trip to Al Shamel and around to Fort Zubara, a man followed us along the forsaken and challenging road, just to make sure we made it safely. Qatar was like that, full of gracious people.

Here are some glimpses of Doha in transition:

wheelbarrowboys

 

watchmanfriend

 

thobetelephone

 

When the heir to the throne was getting married, all the families / tribes gathered on their lands to dance in his honor, to celebrate. I loved the gold robes, do not know which family this was.

sworddanceingold

 

sworddanceheirappearantwedding

 

suleimanjewelers

 

spicemarketsept

 

soukprayerbeads

 

soukincenseburners

 

soukgentsshop

 

soukdresses

 

soukbelts

 

silversmith

A truck load of sheep on the way to market. Trucks were often overloaded, and often tipped over at the roundabouts.

sheeptomarket

 

saffronspiceseller

 

ramadandress

 

potsouk

 

Who even remembers Parachute Circle? The day it was being knocked down, I made a special trip to capture this dusty demolition:

parachuteend

 

olddoha

 

minaretatdusk

 

Dinner at the Majlis, one of our favorite hide-aways:

majlisdinner

 

Old Kharaba Mosque:

kharabaamosque

 

The Beehive Souk where the Honey Man had his shop:

honeymansouk

A shop in the Gold souk

goldsouk

Khanjar in the old Doha Weapons Museum

dohaweaponsmuseum

 

dohashoerepair

 

dohaqhome

 

Building the new souks at Al Waif

dohaoldsouksintransition

 

Doha Corniche building with mosque in a niche on facade

dohamosqueofficebuilding

 

Destroying old buildings on Al Rayyan to make way for the new

dohaintransition

 

Doha from the Sheraton; the boat used to go to Palm Island. I’m not sure there is an island anymore.

dohacornichefromsheraton

 

Doha coffee maker

dohacoffeemaker

 

 

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January 5, 2017 - Posted by | Adventure, Doha, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Qatar | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Qatar has changed immensely since I was last there in ’03. So has the base I spent time at. Al Udeid went from a tent city with runways to a modern air base with all of the trimmings….and restrictions.

    Comment by Mike | January 6, 2017 | Reply

  2. We also arrived in ’03; I flew out and in of Al Udeid once on a medical evac flight. Associated with a different base, however, and were able to live in Doha and move around freely. It was an amazing experience 🙂 We left in ’09 and traffic had the city in gridlock.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 6, 2017 | Reply

  3. SO many memories….thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Grammy | January 11, 2017 | Reply


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