KATARA Cultural Centre
Trip Start Oct 25, 2012
22Trip End Nov 07, 2012
I am to take you to a lovely place today not very far from where we stay. It is located between Doha's West Bay and the Pearl –close to where we had been yesterday.
It is the largest and most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar and a meeting place for people to experience the world cultures.
We left home late and it is already 12:00 pm so the sun is above our heads already. Until G parks the car we get in one of those little motor cars for a ride around and meet him a few minutes later. He shows up somewhere by the amphitheatre. It is funny that a couple of weeks back I was looking at photos he sent me from this place here.
The imposing outdoor (Roman style) Amphitheatre is I guess the Jewel of the whole centre
We stop here and there for photos but we don't want to take that long because we need to get back home, swim for at least an hour at the pool, relax a bit and get ready for tonight’s outing.
It is another promising night tonight.
Well, there is a nice beach at this place here ideal for swimming but to have access one has to pay something like 22 euros or Qr.100
It is ridiculous to have to pay that much per person just to have access to the beach. You hardly see anybody swimming even though there is sea around. Imagine if all these beaches were full of ladies in black up to their ankles
I believe this is the reason they ask for a fee.
People living in Doha who wish to swim usually go to different beach clubs or hotels and the fee is between Qr.150 during the week, and goes up to Qr. 250/300 per day per person on the weekends. Typically rates would include access to the beach, towel, service and use of pool.
*KEEP AWAY FROM UNSAFE BEACHES
The reclamation of sea for urban expansion has altered the contours of the seabed and changed the directions of water currents in many places like in Wakrah, Lusail, Sealine and Al-Khor. These are danger zones and are not safe for swimming.
The safe ones are only those in Al-Ghariya, Fuwayrit, Shemal and the Dukhan.
It is advisable for the public to avoid going far into the sea but swim nearer to the shore.