Corniche and the City centre of Doha
Trip Start Oct 25, 2012
23Trip End Nov 07, 2012
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This morning we are visiting Corniche.
G and P wanted for days to drive us out here but I wanted to combine this stroll with the Museum of Islamic Art which I wanted so much to visit. It is right here, less than 150 metres from where we are. It is a bad timing I guess so we move on. Several of Doha’s landmarks are also to be found around this area.
The car is parked in the parking lot where Corniche starts.
G is careful not to step over the white lines to avoid unpleasant surprises -a parking ticket for instance.
It is a beautiful day again this morning –probably the best season of the year and we can feel the change each day
We walk next to the beachfront on the side Palm promenade until we come to the bottom of a hill and climb up to the top. I want to take a couple of pictures with the VT flag for a contest. On the right side as we walk up the hill I see some boats in the harbor while on the left some fishing boats congregate and at times you can buy fish fresh off the boats.
We make our way to the neighboring coffee shop next for a cup of coffee. It is indeed so nice out here and it is the first time I can feel the breeze in the air. From this point out here you can take the best panoramic photos of the city centre with the dozens of amazing skyscrapers of exquisite style and color of different shapes and heights that pop up in the sky
The Sheraton, -much lower, distinguishes among the rest. It has the shape of a pyramid. It was the first to be built out there some years back but these days it is beginning to be overshadowed by all kinds of other buildings shooting up all around it.
The Corniche attracts a diverse crowd. In the morning for instance it is popular for jogging, cycling and different other activities. G and P are passionate cyclists themselves and love carrying their bikes here for a ride if the weather permits. You see, pleasing weather lasts for very little. The rest of the time it is extremely hot and humid….not to mention the dust. (Most of the time their bikes are locked in the basement.)
Corniche is also beautiful late in the afternoon and with some luck you can appreciate one of the region’s superb sunsets, while in the evening the picture changes again. The fishing boats in the bay are decorated with hundreds of little colorful lights -reminding me of Christmas. The whole City lights up in an array of colors while a ride in the city centre at night is something not to be missed!
(This place out here has recently become a meeting spot for the new generation of Qataris – the ultra cool motorcycle crowd and their attempt is to create as much noise as possible).