Doha (Part 2)

Packing luggage for two weeks, in a way that KLM accepts it as carry-on luggage is not a small achievement. I'm quite proud, I managed to squeeze in 5 sets of formal clothing, 3 sets for the weekend, three pairs of shoes, toiletries two laptops, a tablet, three electrical adapters and one yellow rubber bath duck.
 Doha rewards the traveller with a spectacular light show on the Corniche. After all it's Saturday night and the last day of the Middle East weekend.

The lights are from one of the large hotels. In Doha you need to be fashionable. You need to be seen. You need to show off. And where better than in a trendy purple hotel bar?
The large chain hotels are all in a race to own the largest, shiniest, loudest, 'baddest', hotel bar of all hotel bars.
My "Hilton" just opened the latest addition to this landscape: "High Heels". Slogan: "Step out into the Spotlight." And that pretty much summarizes it all. From the arrival in the most expensive car, the designer bags, sleezy cocktails to the huge out door dance floor.

The view from the hotel room is breathtaking, though. Not just people show off in Doha. The buildings themselves show off. Each new one - and new ones are constructed continuously - is bigger, more expensively finished and more oddly shaped than its predecessors.

A look through my room window at night, proofs this extends to their nightly appearance.
In all honesty, this is how I spend my week-end. Not in a flashy night club, but 'all you can eat' desserts and 'letting out the duck' in the bath tub. 
And before you know it, it's another foggy Sunday morning (first working day of the week)....

With a view from the office (left), Doha's other hallmarks like cars, construction and offices (middle), and the the office (right).