Dea in Doha--where dreams aren't deserted

Gulf Art

Shining piece of art//For the love of lamps//Spotted at the Souq Waqif //

Desert diary 001

I feel guilty of having been traveling the virtual world wide web this past few months and being an active netizen that I forgot that I am a citizen of this real, great wide world. Something is missing.

So just tonight I went out to an amazing fine desert evening to just inhale exhale real air, walk real roads, hear real talks and really learn. Oh the night is just lovely, its not hot nor cold. Me and Tatay chilled in a park bench with our banana fruit drink and discussed about our artistic endevours. I’ve never been so excited in my life like this. Passion is just all over us hoping it won’t die.

Then we had a 15 minutes walk going to the Souq Waqif where I saw colorful and intricatetly made arab lamps. Oh I want to have those. While Tatay bought a scarf just what he always wanted to do and wore it on his head the whole time. Now he looks like a rebel. Fine.

I really love going to the Souq at night. I was having a wonderful time even just looking around. Then we spotted the small artshop where I saw the portrait of the wretched child. I was thrilled to see it was still hanging on the wall. And again, I felt the connection. But the most amazing part is meeting the artist. We spotted Wisam in his desk, entered his world and realized that it is also our home. Our meeting was magical only artists would understand. This kind of people is what I call my soulmates.

No matter what would be the consequences of me going out of work early tonight would be worth it. The yummy bulalo we had in a Filipino restaurant wrapped up my wonderful Wednesday getaway. A night I will remember for the rest of my life. The night when I finally knew what was missing.

Orangey bright as the sun. Fresh and cold orange juice for a blazing Doha June afternoon!

Orangey bright as the sun. Fresh and cold orange juice for a blazing Doha June afternoon!

While at the backseat in the middle of the traffic, I came across this simple but impactful print ad. I especially love how subtle and smart the message on this ad was telling to each passer-by, including me. Keep this in mind.

While at the backseat in the middle of the traffic, I came across this simple but impactful print ad. I especially love how subtle and smart the message on this ad was telling to each passer-by, including me. Keep this in mind.

Desert beach. Wait, I’m confused. Nevertheless, I sooo love the place. Taken one blazing hot Friday morning at Al Wakra Family Beach Resort.

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Burj Doha Skyscraper, Doha, Qatar By Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel designed quite an impressive addition to the skyline of gulf city Doha, Qatar. In his own manner, French architect created the Burj Doha as bold and elaborate and this iconic cylindrical form, a continuation of what has started with Torre Agbar, culminates in an elegant dome. The tower is completed last year and includes 46 floors above ground as well as 3 floors above. The high-rise aims to express the local culture, connecting contemporary and very modern aspirations with ancient Islamic designs.

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The first time I arrived Qatar, I fell inlove at first sight at this grand, artistic architectural masterpiece. And I still do until now as I draw closer or even from a distance.

Time check: it’s half past 5 of a warm desert morning. I hear chirpping birds, ticking clock and grumbling stomach. Good morning, Doha! May our good God bless our day.

My silly, little encounter with the famous Doves of the Souq Waqif.