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Welcome Back Qatar

I arrived in Qatar safely. There wasn’t much to the actual flight itself. It was only an hour in the air between Dubai and Qatar. Time spent in the airport waiting for the flight was much longer. The Dubai airport is very nice and on a par with what I’ve seen in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Qatar, on a per-capita GDP basis, is the richest country on Earth. From what I see on the ground, it doesn’t seem like it. Qatar certainly isn’t a poor country, but it doesn’t seem as wealthy as Dubai.

There is a fair amount of construction here, but nothing on the level of what you’ll see in Dubai.

I have real bandwidth for the first time since I’ve arrived in the Middle East. It is reasonably fast and there isn’t a cap on what I can use. I’m going to try and get caught up on my photo uploading before I leave here. I’m also staying at a real hostel for the first time in ages. They don’t really exist in SE Asia or Dubai. I probably haven’t been in one since I was in Australia.

I don’t want to comment too much on Qatar because I’ve only been here a few hours and haven’t seen much yet, but the first impression is that is it very similar to the other gulf states I’ve been to…which is to be expected.

On other news: Umar who I met in Dubai, has posted an interview he did with me on his blog.

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  1. I didn't stay in Qatar, but the airport…not the best. Some of the worst airport food. I have high hopes the country is much better than the airport experience =)

  2. Adrian says:

    Gary, I look forward to your next stories! You're living the dream, my dream at least: to travel around the world and be able to fund my adventure by blogging or working remotely (I'm a web designer). Until then, I will keep writing about my occasional trips and vacations.

  3. Ben says:

    See any sweathogs there yet? ;)

  4. madameape says:

    I just found your blog via Twitter. What an amazing experience you're having, what an interesting blog you're producing! I look forward to following you on the rest of your journey.

  5. Adrian Eden says:

    You should be so proud of yourself for putting experience before possessions, one day I will travel the world and leave all of my material possessions behind. I love people, and the cultures of the world so very much. Great work my friend, follow your heart and your dreams. I will definitely be checking back regularly! All the best on your voyages!

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