Wednesday morning, we went to an HR presentation for all new faculty, staff, and their families at the Four Seasons here in Doha. It was a really great presentation, and we learned alot about our time here.
After that, we went on a bus tour of the city. It was a great trip and I got to see some things I have been wanting to see without having to drive there! The first stop is the new Pearl man-made island. It is beautiful so far, and not even close to being done yet! They are trying to rival Dubai. They have high end designer shopping, waterfront living, and other really neat things!
We also stopped by the horse stables where they had Arabian horses. Being with horses again reminded me of the time I spent with horses for my Leadership program. It was nice to be around them again! They were beautiful and there were so many of them! Oddly enough, there were many stray cats that hang out by the stables.
Then it was off to the souk markets! They have all kind of different souk markets – Animal souks, gold souks, fruit & veggie souks, and general fashion/material souks where you can find all kinds of fancy pashminas, abbayas, and other neat things. Also, at all souk markets, you are expected to haggle with the seller. I am hoping to shop there and try my hand at negotiating for Christmas gifts this year 🙂
Quite honestly, the animal souk market with the camels was almost sad. The camels are sold to be eaten (terrible I know), but when we were there, they let out these loud, high pitched whines almost. I am not sure if they were speaking to each other or trying to scare us from buying them!
It is strange to be in this souk market, and see so many tiny little stray kittens all around, which were adorable but probably feral. Also, I really hated seeing all the souk market places, and then seeing a Dunkin Donuts and Haggen Daz right in amongst these souk shops. It just felt wrong, like we are taking away from their culture!
It was quite a fun tour but exhausting after it was all over. I posted some website images of the pearl for you. It really is beautiful! If you come visit, we can take you there in person!
For the full album of pictures, here is the Shutterfly link: