Qatar – A Rising Falcon
Qatar is situated on a peninsula that juts into the Persian Gulf. Saudi Arabia provides the solitary border and land extends a mere 160 kilometres northwards from this southern boundary. The country is a constitutional monarchy and has developed at breakneck speed over the last few decades. Abundant reserves of oil and gas have been the main drivers towards this robust growth. In particular, the latter is available in copious quantities. Gas accounts for approximately 14 percent of total known global resources.
Doha is Qatar’s capital city and, with a population of almost 1.5 million, is home to more than 50 percent of the nation’s population. This modern metropolis has a multitude of world class hotels plus a growing number of cultural attractions. Notwithstanding this, Qatar authorities have maintained the nation’s ancient traditions by ensuring they remain an integral part of the city. It is this rich culture blended into modern sophistication that has propelled Qatar to the top of my travel bucket-list. Fortunately, an opportunity to visit has arisen much earlier than I had anticipated. My journey starts this evening!
Qatar Airways – Perth To Qatar
An added benefit of travelling to Doha, is that I will once again have the privilege of being hosted by Qatar Airways. The airline was recently awarded Airline of the Year at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. I am also lucky enough to be flying in one of my favourite aircraft, the Boeing 777-300. This will make the normally onerous eleven hour plus flight from Perth a pleasurable experience.
The Mondrian – Doha
I will be staying at the magnificent Mondrian Hotel in Doha. Opened in October 2017, this luxuriously appointed 270 room hotel has had exemplary reviews ever since.
The building and interior draws inspiration from falcons. For instance, the entrance has been shaped like the beak of a falcon and the rooftop is fringed with wing shaped extensions. The lower exterior also appears to be carved out like a nest. Paintings and ornaments depicting these magnificent birds of prey fill the interior. I cannot wait to sample the hospitality of this magnificent hotel and report back to my subscribers.