Airport Gardens Villas

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Airport Gardens

I have moved into a villa in Airport Gardens - Near the Airport. Good size two storey apartment with three bedrooms one of which has been converted into a study.

I do not get woken up by the new prayer man. He is a lot quieter than the Hitmi man - about 75 metres away at the back of the villa.

I can here and see the planes taking off from Doha airport. This is not too bad - the villa only shakes when they are pointing there engines in this direction. I can get used to planes.

I am now only 2.5 kms from work. About 3 kms driving - you have to go to the roundabout to get onto the other side of the road. I can save on petrol now. 44kms travel to work this week. Petrol is 0.8 QR per litre or about 28.5 cents per litre. My Mitsubishi Lancer is fuel efficient as well.

Had a big dust storm for 4 days during the week - visibility was down to 400 metres. Winds were about 40 kph - they coat the front of the cars here with a protectant - bit like what we spray under the 4WD's to prevent rust.. Many of the Saudis drive home in summer. It must be like driving through sandpaper - speeds of greater than 120 kph are common.

Would you believe I went for a swim on Friday afternoon. It was a bit cooler - 42 degrees - but there was no wind and only the normal sort of dust in the air - not a sandstorm. The pool is a pretty good size - look at the dust settled in the bottom. One very slow lap so as not to stir up the mud was all I was game to do. Hopefully, Mohammed (the on-site caretaker) knows how to vacuum with bypassing the filter. I will also need to check chlorine levels - not sure whther he knows about that? I couldn't see any chlorine or test kits lying around. I will not out my head under the water until I find out. Water temperature was about 28-30 ish.

The other photo is the 'street' that the villa is in. I don't know its name but it is not bitumen nor curbed and channeled. The security guard is supposed to sit in the sentry box all day and night. Would you like that job?

From what I can gather, they build all the houses and buildings first and then sometime later they put in the curb and channel, bitumen, etc. I assume (perhaps incorrectly) that the planning department has a good detailed map of allotments, future streets, electricity, water, drainage, etc.

I'll take some photos of houses being built in the middle of huge blocks - no road to it though. Other houses are built later and sometime later they decide to put in the street.

It takes them years to complete building a road. The main road through Doha has been a mess for two years - they rely too much on pick and shovel and not much on heavy machinery. I watch the south Asians dig holes with picks and shovels. They don't get far in a day. They do not have water trucks - I haven't seen one. I have seen men housing big piles of dirt where they are doing roadworks. The water must evaporate almost as quickly as they can water.

I also have satellite TV - I am watching the England/Pakistan game live on Fox Sports. It also has at least one NRL game a week. They are screening the state of origin on the 18th of July. Not sure which one. This will keep me happy while I sit inside out of the heat. They also have some golf. The other 7 sports channels I am paying for are all soccer channels - what a waste.
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