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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We're in Doha

Nov 11

Mark has a few days of work here in Doha, Qatar so he brought me along! We're staying at the Marriott on the outskirts of town because it is shortens his commute to approx 40min. I discovered today that taxis are pretty scarce so I haven't done any exploring yet apart from a quick cab ride our first nite here. I received a few timing tips as to when to catch a cab so I will try again tomorrow. I read a small visitor book today and it sounds like a pleasant city although much of it is under construction. They apparently are working on building up the city to attract more big business and tourism (Dubai #2).

Here is a view from the patio outside the Executive Lounge on the 7th floor. To the left is city, to the right the port and a glimpses of part of the petrochemical industry. It is actually a really nice view but unfortunately we are on the 2nd floor looking toward the industrial area.

Here is a closer look of the city:

Here is a view from the same balcony looking over the hotel grounds:
The pool is under construction so that means no pool side lounging and no outside dinning either which is a shame since the weather is beautiful now; sunny & in the mid 80s. There is a small private beach just past the palm trees that looks nice enough and does have a waiter serving drinks. The food in the attached restaurants has been really good and there is a spa... no real reason to leave the hotel really but I'm getting stir crazy... We'll see what tomorrow brings

Have a good one

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