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DanielW Nov 19, 13 4:31 am

A Trip Around The Arabian Gulf
 
A trip around the Arabian/Persian Gulf, visiting three countries, Kuwait, Bahrain & Qatar, taking an anti-clockwise route (DXB-KWI-BAH-DOH-DXB) on four flights.

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DanielW Nov 19, 13 4:32 am

At the currency exchange getting some cash before heading off to the airport after work. From left to right, 30 Kuwaiti dinars, 40 Bahraini dinars & 400 Qatari riyals. The Kuwaiti dinars were probably the most interesting, the most valuable currency in the world with 1 dinar = $4.5:)!
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Outside Terminal 3 at Dubai airport on Wednesday night. Really like the EK slogan:).
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At Kuwait airport after managing to get my visa with the right stamps. The stamps were supposed to be 3 dinar, but cost me 7 after the vending machine decided to eat my money(!
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My room at the Oasis Hotel in Kuwait city. Nothing flash but nice and clean:).
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View from the hotel window on the 9th floor.
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In Kuwait City on Thursday morning with Liberation tower in the distance.
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The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah IV Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the right with Kuwaiti flags fluttering in the morning breeze.
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At the beach.
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At the Memorial Museum for the 1990 Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait. Note the NZ flag top right:).
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The museum had some great diorama's of the various stages of the invasion and war. Here the royal palace is being attacked.
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DanielW Nov 19, 13 4:35 am

The 'scorched earth' when the Iraqi's ignited the oil wells before they fled.
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The last exhibits cover the downfall of Saddam in the 2003 Iraq war. The head of a statue of Saddam from Baghdad.
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The famous Kuwait (water) Towers.
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Late afternoon lunch by the gulf.
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Peak hour after the catch of the day is brought in from the Persian Gulf at the Kuwait Fish markets:).
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Skyline:).
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At the Kuwait central souq.
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Some prayer beads in the colour of the Kuwaiti flag I bought as a souvenir at the souq.
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At Kuwait International on Thursday night, about to fly United Airlines to Bahrain.
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Catching a cab into Manama in Bahrain. Was quite surprised to be driven by a local:)!
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DanielW Nov 19, 13 4:35 am

At the Holiday Inn in Manama, definitely a step up from the previous night:).
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Some Indian expats playing cricket on Friday morning in Manama, Bahrain.
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Al Fateh Grand Mosque, the largest mosque in Bahrain, and one of the biggest in the world. Unfortunately only Muslims are allowed inside in the weekend.
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The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, in the centre, and the prime minister on the left and the crown prince on the right.
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At the Bahrain National Museum. A really amazing place, had some really interesting exhibits, as well as this cool gallery of local artwork.
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The famous Bahrain World Trade Centre Towers, with wind turbines in the middle:)
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Bab Al Bahrain, or 'Gateway of Bahrain'. Built by the British in 1945, it used to be on the waterfront. With extensive land reclamation however, it is now ~500 metres from the sea:).
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At the Central Fruit & Vege markets.
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Al-Wadeaa.
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And at the fish markets.
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DanielW Nov 19, 13 4:37 am

Late afternoon banana smoothie and chicken sandwich:).
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The locals at a coffee house.
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Friday night and the police were out in force after the recent 'troubles'.
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At Bahrain Airport, about to catch a BA 777 to Doha, Qatar on Friday evening.
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The flight was super-short, lasted <30 minutes and we never got above 13,000 feet:).
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Arrival at Doha airport in Qatar, new country #21 for this year:)!
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At my friends compund in Doha, Rochelle & Steve from NZ on Saturday morning.
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We then headed out for a feed at a local breakfast place popular with the American expats.
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American-sized servings too:)!
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We then went for a walk along the Corniche. The Doha skyline and dhows in the foreground. Apparently 15 years ago none of these buildings existed:)!
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DanielW Nov 19, 13 4:38 am

We then went into the 'old' part of town. Had some beautiful Arabian horses there.
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Some locals taking it easy.
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At the falconry centre.
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Shopping in the souq.
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Take your pick:)!
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Artists at work.
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Outside the Museum of Islamic Art where they had a photo exhibition on the Hajj pilgrimage. The architect for the museum was I.M. Pei, who also designed the Pyramid at the Louvre.
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The Doha skyline again through the arches of the Museum.
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A pigeon tower out at Katara, a cultural/theatre centre.
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For the final stop of the day we went out to the Pearl, a man-made peninsula, and had some chocolate mud cake:).
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About to board an Emirates 777 on Saturday night for the flight back to Dubai after an amazing trip:)!
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captdini737 Nov 19, 13 4:47 am

Lovely photos. The EK 777 has a fitting registration signifying the last leg of your trip :)

DanielW Nov 19, 13 6:54 am


Originally Posted by captdini737 (Post 21811552)
Lovely photos. The EK 777 has a fitting registration signifying the last leg of your trip :)

Thanks:). Hehehe, yes, didn't notice that:)!

mkjr Nov 19, 13 8:36 am


Originally Posted by DanielW (Post 21812066)
Thanks:). Hehehe, yes, didn't notice that:)!

me neither. nice TR. very odd to see such large aircraft fly such short flights.

isaifan Nov 19, 13 9:39 am

Nice report overall. Great pictures.

What were your impressions of each of the countries? If you had a choice to only go to one, which would you recommend?

I noticed in Kuwait, the signage was mostly only in Arabic. While in Bahrain and Qatar, it also included English. So was Kuwait tougher to navigate?

Do you remember the name of "American" restaurant in Doha? Got to visit it next time I'm there.

DL17 Nov 19, 13 10:54 am

Awesome TR. I always find middle eastern countries so fascinating and exotic.
And of course it is the Persian Gulf not Arabian :)

themapelligroup Nov 19, 13 11:36 am

Amazing trip report DanielW!

mike&co Nov 19, 13 12:01 pm

Enjoyed that, some great pics too ^

farbster Nov 19, 13 3:13 pm

Very nice! How long were you in each location?

DanielW Nov 19, 13 8:55 pm


Originally Posted by mkjr (Post 21812662)
very odd to see such large aircraft fly such short flights.

I know the United Flight flies back to Kuwait, and then back to the U.S., so I guess it is picking/dropping off passengers who were coming/going to the US.


Originally Posted by isaifan (Post 21813124)
Nice report overall. Great pictures.

What were your impressions of each of the countries? If you had a choice to only go to one, which would you recommend?

I noticed in Kuwait, the signage was mostly only in Arabic. While in Bahrain and Qatar, it also included English. So was Kuwait tougher to navigate?

Do you remember the name of "American" restaurant in Doha? Got to visit it next time I'm there.

All three countries varied abit. Qatar is very like Dubai, so if you wanted to stay a bit, that would be the place to go.

I didn't have too much problem with the signage in Kuwait, although if I was driving though, it certainly would be a lot tougher:)!

The place is called Ric's Kountry Kitchen: http://ricskountrykitchendoha.com/


Originally Posted by DL17 (Post 21813646)
Awesome TR. I always find middle eastern countries so fascinating and exotic.
And of course it is the Persian Gulf not Arabian :)

Thanks:). I grew up calling it the Persian Gulf. Living in Dubai though, I figured I might get told off for calling it that though:).


Originally Posted by themapelligroup (Post 21813928)
Amazing trip report DanielW!

Thank you:).



Originally Posted by mike&co (Post 21814089)
Enjoyed that, some great pics too ^

Thanks, I try to get some good pics for each country I visit.


Originally Posted by farbster (Post 21815438)
Very nice! How long were you in each location?

I left Wednesday night, and got back to Dubai Saturday night, so 1 night/day in each country. Didn't have much annual leave left to spend longer:(.


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