Sunday, April 27, 2014

Museums


The Qatar Museums Authority maintains several buildings with a wide array of permanent and traveling collections.

Qatar also protects and preserves several forts and towers of historical and archeological significance.   
Fortresses and old castles are the main evidence of the traditional architecture in
Al Zubarah, mid 18th century.
Qatar. They embody the arts and the richness of the ancient architecture that was the main feature of life in this part of the world. Some cities in Qatar still preserve that architecture and this is seen in the narrow streets and avenues. The main concern of that era was security and this is why we can see several forts scattered in the country. (forts and towers)

Other sites of artistic, cultural and historical significance: 


Msheireb Enrichment Centre
 Msheireb Enrichment Center
Msheireb Enrichment Centre is a landmark destination created by Msheireb Properties to serve as an educational portal to showcase Qatar's glorious past and soaring ambitions for the future.

Souq Waqif


A good place to start gathering information from a traditional travel guide.  The books are designed to prepare you for the trip so you have a great time.  Ideally you would want to travel more based on this positive experience and thus you would need more guidebooks.  I'm currently reading Oman, UAE, And Arabian Peninsula by Lonely Planet, 4th edition 2013.  They suggest many of the same areas of cultural importance, including Falcon Souq and Katara.  Falcon Souq is a shopping center near Souq WAqif.  Both commercial areas feature open air retail that feels like a bazaar or fair.  Falcon Souq earns it name from the popular pastime of falconry.  Birds are displayed and sold during falcon season, May - October.  Katara is a cultural village that is free to the public and often hosts art exhibits and live music. 
Msheireb Enrichment Centre is a landmark destination created by Msheireb Properties to serve as an educational portal to showcase Qatar's glorious past and soaring ambitions for the future. - See more at: http://www.mec.msheireb.com/en-us/home.aspx#sthash.mIe7bfoo.dpuf

Msheireb Enrichment Centre is a landmark destination created by Msheireb Properties to serve as an educational portal to showcase Qatar's glorious past and soaring ambitions for the future. - See more at: http://www.mec.msheireb.com/en-us/home.aspx#sthash.mIe7bfoo.dpuf
Msheireb Enrichment Centre is a landmark destination created by Msheireb Properties to serve as an educational portal to showcase Qatar's glorious past and soaring ambitions for the future. - See more at: http://www.mec.msheireb.com/en-us/home.aspx#sthash.mIe7bfoo.dpuf
Msheireb Enrichment Centre is a landmark destination created by Msheireb Properties to serve as an educational portal to showcase Qatar's glorious past and soaring ambitions for the future. - See more at: http://www.mec.msheireb.com/en-us/home.aspx#sthash.mIe7bfoo.dpuf
Msheireb Enrichment Centre

 Laura

 


 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Zoo




Yes, Qatar has a zoo. The Doha Zoo is being renovated.  It is scheduled  to reopen 2017.

Qatar also has a wildlife preserve but it isn't open to the public.
The Al Wabra farm is an oasis of green areas, palm trees and many rare wild animals from allover the world. Powered by Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al Thani’s passion for nature, an international team of expert vets, biologists and keepers are dedicated to the care and conservation of the rare and mostly endangered animals that can be found on the farm.

Arabian Oryx
Wildlife tours seem like a popular option for tourists.  Animals found in desert can include hyenas, gazelles and camels.  Visitors can also see beetles, scorpions and everyone's favorite camel spider.  They are about the size of a teacup and can run up to 10 miles an hour. oh and PS they are carnivorous. Qatar also has many species of birds, and reptiles.  Due to their arid climate amphibians are rare. (Arabian Desert)


Laura

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Facts and Trivia


Where is Qatar?

Qatar is a peninsula found at the northeast border of Saudi Arabia.  Qatar is bordered on three sides by the Persian Gulf.  (Qatar)

The nation of Qatar in relation 
to other countries of the Middle East.

 

How do you pronounce Qatar?

No matter how you say it, chances are you're pronouncing "Qatar" wrong. Bob Simon sorts it out.

 

Who is Qatar?

Qatar is a nation of immigrants.  Only 15% of the population is comprised by Qatari nationals.  Other large ethnic groups include from India, Pakistan and Iran.  An increasing number of male workers means only 1/4 of the population is female.  80% of the entire population is Muslim. (Qatar



Flag of Qatar

  • Currency - Riyal. 1 Riyal equals about 27 cents US.
  • Time - Qatar is on Arabian Standard Time, it is about 8 hours later in the day in Qatar than it is for people on Eastern Standard Time.
  • Soccer - Qatar is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  
  • College - Many universities like Texas A&M and Cornell have branch campuses in Dona's Education City
  • Business - Qatar is home to many familiar brands like Starbucks, McDonalds and IKEA.  



BBC News - Qatar Country Profile
Provides an overview of Qatar, including key events and facts about this small country which has become a major oil producer.


Qatar Tourism Authority
Official site provides news and information about visiting Qatar including activities, accommodation, travel and tour operators. 

Qatar - World Factbook
Features map and brief descriptions of the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues.

There is a lot I don't know.  Post questions in the comments section below and I will tackle those next.

Laura

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Learning About Qatar

I was disappointed in my library's selection of books about Qatar.  Even those items found in the kids section where I started my search seemed oddly redundant.  Two books even had the same photographs that were cropped differently to make the imagine seem unique.  There are lots of great online resources from native Qataris, expats currently living in Qatar and business oriented web sites. 


Doha News
Covering breaking news, politics, business, culture and more in and around Qatar since 2009.


I Love Qatar
A guide for expats, locals, and tourists.





LIS Traveler
Sebastian Wilke is currently working at the Qatar National Library. Follow this blog to experience daily life, music and travel in his words.



Qatar National Library
Learn about the Qatar National Library as the structure is built and the contents assembled. Designed to both inspire and satisfy curiosity, the library is expected to open in 2015. Visit the Library Building portion of the website to see real time images of the library's construction progress.



Later Taters,
Laura

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Place To Love

What's up pudding cups?

Special thanks to @writesdave for pointing out my cute typo in the FAQ where I assert "I already have a place to love provided by my employer."  I have an apartment so I do have a place to live but in my heart it seems I have found a place to love as well.  

Laura

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blog Title

I like to think of myself as quite the jokster and punny person but coming up with a witty blog name seems beyond me. Please share your ideas in the comments below. Also no lewd or suggestive titles as I intend for this blog to represent both my professional and personal selves.

Laura












FAQ

What's up butter cup?

Here is everything I know so far about my new job and my move.


  1. I'm leaving my current job of nearly 10 years.
  2. I'm taking a librarian position with The Qatar Foundation. 
  3. I will be moving to Doha, Qatar.
  4. I do not speak Arabic .
  5. I am not Muslim.
  6. Mom is adopting my dog.
  7. I am not selling my car or shipping it overseas. Mom has Dinah and she will drive her and love her and take her to the dealer for silly recalls that involve window switches. 
  8. I already have a place to love provided by my employer.
  9. My last day of work is Friday, May 9th,  2014.
  10. I have broken the lease on my apartment.
  11. I am moving Saturday, May 10th, 2014.
  12. Anyone who wants to help me load or unload the truck is invited.
  13. I will be buying a new phone, if you'd like to talk after I move google chat or Skype will be best.  I also really like facebook messenger even though it does not have video it is great for calls.
  14. I will not be required to wear any traditional clothing unless I choose to for practical purposes.  I do swim in a rash guard which covers my arms and chest but this is because the sun is so strong and now specifically out of modesty. 
  15. I will buy a car after I move and will take drivers ed in Doha to earn my license.
    1. I have earned my license.  I did have a rental but I have just bought a car.
  16. I may need a special license to buy alcohol. You can get alcoholic drinks at the hotels but if you'd like to drink in your home you need a letter from your employer that says how much you make and then you can only spend a certain percentage of your salary on spirits.  Or so I am told as I have not done this process yet.
  17. I don't have family in Qatar.
  18. I do not need to convert.
  19. I don't know when I'm leaving.
    1. I left August 14th 2014
  20. I don't know what my first day of work will be
    1. My first day was Sunday August 17th 2014
  21. I don't know my address yet.
    1. My job has a PO box but my apt doesn't really have a mailing address.  I get mail via Aramex.
  22. I will have an apartment provided by my employer. It is furnished.
  23. My first day of work would be a Sunday since the work week is Sunday through Thursday. I work 7:30am-3:30pm unless we are on summer hours which is one hour less or during Ramadan which is two hours less.
Look for further updates.  Ask away because I'm sure there is something I missed.

updated 11/14/14
Laura

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