My husband promised me a weekend in the sun when he asked me to join him on a business trip to Doha, one of the sunniest countries in the world. Rainy days are few and far between in Doha, so imagine my amusement when I managed to have a weekend filled with thunderstorms and downpours. From the very start the weather affected my trip – just when we were in the final approach to landing the plane lifted back up, diverting to Bahrain where we had a short break, waiting for a thunderstorm to pass before we were able to head back and land in Doha.
I actually did not mind the adverse weather and found it rather interesting to witness something so rare and special for Doha.
The sky was filled with clouds most of the time with the sun trying to break through every now and then.
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The rain did not stop me from discovering Doha – as a Londoner, I am sort of used to the rain and there were plenty of things to do inside. A great place to visit in Doha is the Museum of Islamic Art housed in a stunning building, designed by I. M. Pei (entrance to the museum is free of charge).
The architecture of the museum is breathtaking from inside out!
The collection of Islamic artwork is spread over five storeys which span three different continents and over 1,400 years!
At the upper level of the museum is the location of IDAM, a French haute-cuisine restaurant.
The museum is surrounded by water with gorgeous views across the bay.
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Another must-see when in Doha is Souq Waqef with its narrow alleyways and courtyards it is a great place to get lost.
The inside arcades of the market were much appreciated while it rained heavily outside.The rain had not stopped when we left Souq Waqef so we decided to have fresh mint tea at Argan before we continued to explore Doha.
The streets of Doha were rather empty – only a few people were out, waiting for the rain to pass.
Because rain is such a rare thing in Doha people did not seem to be prepared for these weather conditions – I only saw a few umbrellas while I walked through the streets of Doha and it was interesting to see how even top notch hotels and restaurants struggled with the unexpected leaks 🙂
The only ones that did not seem to be fussed about all that rain were the camels that we came across on our walk through the city center. Whilst it might have rained most of the weekend it was still much warmer than the cold wintery London I had left behind. All in all it was a lovely, short, yet unusual break!