Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hannah in Qatar, blog 4: Corniche, Katara Village, and the Pearl

At the market along the Corniche, sophomore Hannah Krause (far left), with her mom, a Saudi Arabian women, and Hannah's sister Elizabeth.

  • At the market along the Corniche, sophomore Hannah Krause (far left), with her mom, a Saudi Arabian women, and Hannah's sister Elizabeth.
  • Elizabeth (left) and Hannah Krause stop to pose in front of the 'Achieve' sign along the Corniche
  • A view of the city.
  • Hamilton sophomore Hannah Krause (left), her mom, and sister Elizabeth (far right) pose for a photo with a Saudi women in Qatar along the Corniche.

This week we went to the Corniche, Katara Village, and the Pearl. The Corniche is the waterfront of Doha Bay. Katara Village is a cultural center that has museums, amphitheaters, beaches, and other attractions. The Pearl is a man made resort island that is amazing.

The Corniche was beautiful! All along the corniche there are displays like waterfalls, mosaic art pieces, and huge metal cut outs of words.

Elizabeth (left) and Hannah Krause stop to pose in front of the ‘Achieve’ sign along the Corniche

On the Corniche there is a perfect view of the city and there are old boats, that were originally used for pearling, that take people out on to the water. My mom, my sister Elizabeth, and I were walking along the Corniche and a group of  four teenage muslim girls and a little boy came up to us and one of them asked if she could get a picture with us.

At the market along the Corniche, sophomore Hannah Krause (far left), with her mom, a Saudi Arabian women, and Hannah’s sister Elizabeth.

She told us that she saw us from afar. We said of course we would love a picture too and asked one of the girls to take a picture with our camera. All three of the girls as well as the little boy took out their cameras and got pictures too. We told the girl that we are from America and she said that they are all from Saudi Arabia. We could tell that the girls were teenagers by their giggliness and by their shoes. From looking at the picture we could see that the girl is wearing converse shoes and skinny jeans. She also has henna tattoos on her hands. People here have henna tattoos if they are in a wedding instead of wearing nail polish.

Later in the week we went to Katara Village. It was really interesting. The art museums in the village were really cool. The art was similar to art in American museums. The beach was beautiful, but to get on almost any beach in Qatar you need a beach membership. Since its winter here and 80 degrees is considered cold, no people were on the beaches. Since it was too cold to swim, they had a tourist attraction where you could take a paddle boat on the water that looked like a swan, flamingo, sea monster, or car.  Katara Village had these buildings that looked like huge beehives. Those buildings were covered with birds. They also had this big building that looks like a big hat. All along the village there were these walls that were mosaics designed to look like rugs.

After Katara Village we visited the Pearl. The Pearl is a man-made island that has a resort on it. The Pearl is HUGE! There are 31 giant apartment buildings connected by malls and restaurants.

A view of the city.

The outside of the island is all beaches and boat docks. Family friends live there, and so they gave us the tour. We went to the apartment and then to dinner. We walked a little over two miles for dinner because at the Pearl people walk everywhere. The Pearl is great but is suffering because they overbuilt. Many of the buildings on the far side of the island are empty. In Qatar alcohol is illegal, but in resort places restaurants can serve it to people who are not Qataris.  Last year alcohol got banned from the Pearl, and because of it the number of Pearl residents decreased by a lot. While many tourists left, some Qataris came to the area. The Pearl is very beautiful, but also very vacant.

The Corniche, Katara Village, and the Pearl were all very cool and a great experience!

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