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Into The Desert

From my trip in early January 2012 to Doha, Qatar. Was fortunate enough to be invited by some dear friends (Qatari) to go into the middle of the desert and spending some time in their tents. The people of Qatar love to rent some plots of land and put up their tents in the desert during the cool months (October to March). Over the weekends, they would get into their SUVs/4x4s and spend the weekends with friends and families in their tents.

Desert in Qatar

Up and down the sand dunes, Ummsaid, Qatar

Desert in Qatar

Up and down the sand dunes, Ummsaid, Qatar

I was honored as not many people get the privileged to be invited into the private dwellings of Arabs/Qatari. These are usually reserved for very close friends and families. And for that, I’ll treasure these moments and their beautiful friendship.

Desert in Qatar

The sand dunes, Ummsaid, Qatar

Desert in Qatar

Having fun in the desert, Ummsaid, Qatar

The tents (6 of them) are very spacious and each of them serves a specific purpose; sleeping, lounging, kitchen, servants quarters, etc. And they come with running water stored in large tanks.

Desert in Qatar

The tent in the desert, Ummsaid, Qatar

Desert in Qatar

The tent in the desert, Ummsaid, Qatar

Desert in Qatar

The tent in the desert, Ummsaid, Qatar

Desert in Qatar

At night in tent in the desert, Ummsaid, Qatar

It was a fun and fabulous time, just sitting and talking, and driving up and down those sand dunes. What a life! To my dear Qatari friends, thank you for your garcious hospitality and your kind frienship, you are indeed my brothers. Jazakallah khair.

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12 comments on “Into The Desert

  1. SillyG
    July 13, 2012

    incredible! look at the size of that dune behind the tent.

    • Bob Othman
      July 13, 2012

      It is indeed! It took us about 15mins to climb on top of the dunes, and trust me, it was very difficult walking in soft sands.

      • SillyG
        July 13, 2012

        we have some dunes in northern canada, but i have never been. amazing how they travel over the land bit by bit!

      • Bob Othman
        July 13, 2012

        You haven’t? You must!!! And thanks for taking the time to comment, much obliged.

  2. Margaret Hogan
    July 13, 2012

    I’m intrigued by the notion that people have to rent plots of desert. You somehow just imagine that the desert is just open to everyone. How do they possibly map it:) Lovely shots.

    • Bob Othman
      July 13, 2012

      It is open to everyone but only if you want to put up tents that you need to rent. Perhaps, it’s their way of ensuring control and accountability. Plus, you get to choose your own prime spot. Mind you, at the peak of the season, there will be thousands of SUVs/4x4s crossing the desert to their tents. Btw, thanks for taking up the time and commenting, much obliged

      • Margaret Hogan
        July 13, 2012

        ha also intrigued by the thought of thousands of SUVs in the desert ! One day!

      • Bob Othman
        July 13, 2012

        Intrigue will turn to fascination, hopefully sooner rather than later :)

  3. ruthincolorado
    July 29, 2012

    Wow, what an amazing experience!

    • Bob Othman
      July 29, 2012

      It is indeed as where I come from, we do not have any desert!

  4. campanulladellaanna
    July 31, 2012

    I am impressed with the first photo, Amazing!. :D By the way thank you very much for your visiting and stopping by in my blog, very encourage me.

    • Bob Othman
      July 31, 2012

      Thanks for visiting and liking the post. You do have great photos in your blog, fabulous flowers!

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