Shots of the downtown area

I had the chance on Saturday morning to be downtown on a sunny, comfortable day.  iPhone camera in hand, I got some amazing shots of the fantastic buildings and architecture.  Weekends are uncharacteristically quiet days.  Most Qatari’s are home, and the roads are virtually empty.  So, if you decide to Google Map my walk, here is my route.  I started out at the Beverly Hills Tower in an area of downtown called West Bay, and started walking in the direction of the Marriott and City Center Mall.  Along the way, I came across the building site of the new Waldorf Astoria Doha.  I turned left at the end of City Centre Mall and started walking towards Tornado Tower, the home of the Embassy of Canada.  I was diverted by the large construction site for one of the Doha Rail stations being built in preparation for World Cup 2022.  My goal was the French grocery store, MonoPrix.  It was as overpriced as I expected it to be, but it did have a fabulous bakery producing baguettes and croissants.  And, it had a fantastic organic foods section.  The best I’ve seen so far.

The construction site of the yet to-be-built Waldorf Astoria
The construction site of the yet to-be-built Waldorf Astoria
Another view
Another view
More construction!
More construction!
In the background - the Qatar Financial Center
In the background – the Qatar Financial Center
The empty downtown streets.  Tomorrow morning the four lanes will be jam-packed, and at sometimes will be 5 lanes wide with every second or third car honking at the person in front of them urging the driver forward...
The empty downtown streets. Tomorrow morning the four lanes will be jam-packed, and at sometimes will be 5 lanes wide with every second or third car honking at the person in front of them urging the driver forward…
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In the background on the right, the ‘mesh-wrapped’ tower – Tornado Tower.
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Construction site for one of the Doha Rail Stations.
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You can only guess what we expats call the tower in the background…..
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A beautiful reflection of the downtown in this mirror like tower downtown.
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The blue topped building with the mesh front is part of a mall called ‘The Gate.’ It’s one of the most exclusive malls I’ve ever seen, with guards out front of each store, and brand names you’ve only seen in advertisements in Vogue magazine.
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A government department building – and it’s not boring old red brick! This one in the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
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The base of Tornado Tower and home to the Embassy of Canada.
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