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Doha, a Paradise for Expatriates?

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A June 2005 trip to Doha by baroudeur2004

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Doha, a Paradise for Expatriates?

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Overview

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Doha, the capital of Qatar is a quickly growing city. It aims to reach Dubai's standards in a few years and it is building new malls, new apartments for expatriates and Qataris alike by hiring cheap labour from Nepal and India. There are nowadays more expatriates (Arabs, Europeans, Americans, and Asians) living in Qatar than Qataris themselves. Doha does not have many historic sites to offer (The old souks of Doha are the only remains of the ancient city). Doha has however a very good range of accommodation, shopping malls, and restaurants. Social and nightlife for tourists/expats is often limited to cinemas and the bars in the top-end hotels, apart from house parties. ...Read More

Mercure Grand Hotel

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Hotel | "Mercure Grand Hotel Doha 4m"

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In 2005, the Mercure Grand Hotel Doha was one of the cheapest I could find on the web. I paid 80 euros per night for a single room. To get that rate, you need to visit several websites and compare the prices. With 175 rooms, the Mercure Grand Hotel Doha is a four-star hotel with all the facilities typical of a four-star international hotel, with big impersonal rooms, a color television, good quality furniture, a big modern marble bathroom and all the small stuff you expect to find in a bathroom. The decor is no different than other four or five-star international hotels: the rooms look the same wherever you go and you do not feel like you are in Qatar. The hotel reception and lobby is on the f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 20, 2007

Mercure Grand Hotel
Musehrib Street
Doha, Qatar
+974 4462222

City Center Doha

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Attraction | "Doha City Center Mall"

City Center Doha Photo, Doha, Qatar
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The biggest mall in Doha and one of the biggest in the Middle East. You can expect to find all the brands you would expect to find in the USA or in Europe. There are five levels in the mall which houses 350 shopping outlets including hundreds of world-class brand names, including the famous supermarket Carrefour (Carrefour is well known in France and Belgium, among other European countries).There are also several good restaurants and fast foods in a huge food court (Burger King, KFC, etc.). Try the Portuguese restaurant, which is only Portuguese by its name but the food served is more American food adapted to Arabic palates than anything else. On the lower floor there is an ice skating...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2007

City Center Doha
West Bay Area
Doha, Qatar
974 4483 9990

The Corniche

Attraction

City Center Doha Photo, Doha, Qatar
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The Corniche of Doha is one of the most famous waterfronts in the Middle-East. An early morning or evening walk along the palm-lined Corniche is a must during your visit in Doha. The azure waters are worth having a look at, especially at dawn. You can start your walk near the old city centre, near the Babel tower-like Islamic Bank and the souqs. If you are not up to a 7.5km walk, you can take a car and stop at the most important points, such as the dhow harbour with working boats, the pearl in a huge shell, the Royal Palace or the mascot of the Asian Games of 2006. The City Center Mall is also on the Corniche. The Corniche ends at the Sheraton Hotel. There is incessant building works a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2007

Doha International Airport

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Story/Tip

Doha International Airport Photo, Doha, Qatar
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Once again, I had a stopover in Doha in July 2007 on my way to India and back home. Has the airport improved since 2005? Another reviewer told us that a new airport was planned for September 2006. However, I landed into the same airport as two years ago. No big changes compared to my experience two years ago. Doha airport is incredibly crowded and way too small for an international airport. Queues are long but the staff are efficient and guide travellers towards the right queues. Security is not as tight as it was two years ago, probably because of the waiting lines. Once you get past security, you enter into the duty free zone on the lower level. It is quite a busy duty free zone...Read More

Doha International Airport

Doha, Qatar
+974 462 2999