Monday, 29 February 2016

What The Exhibition Left Behind In Doha, Qatar

A clean up crew will come and remove all the tents, banners, tables and chairs and the site will return to a nondescript parking lot. Until then, the exhibition looks like a modern ghost town.

Chair alley.

Main entrance and a media cube.

Stage empty, stacked chairs.

Stranded chairs.

A press junket room, used.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Men Waiting In Doha, Qatar

Whether they're going to a job, just finishing a job or hoping for a job, men in Doha are waiting.

Men lined up outside a sports facility, hoping for day labor work.

Restaurant workers, grabbing a meal before the start of their shift.

An interesting thing is where men choose to wait. Right in street medians.

Two construction workers, waiting for the return shuttle.

Back on a street median, getting crowded.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Wrapping Up The Day At Doha's Souk

You've got a great stall, overflowing with desirable products. The end of the day comes and it's time to close up shop, head home for dinner. Who wants to pack everything back into the stall? Not you. Time to go all Christo on your place. Let's wrap.

All closed down.

Individual stalls are turned into art.

Stripes look slimming to thieves.

A wonder what's inside.

Stalls, people, everyone and everything gets wrapped in Qatar.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Details Of Doha's Souk

What to buy, what to buy. Food, dishes, textiles, you need it, they got it.

There's a huge population of Indian workers in Qatar. And they need lots and lots of rice.

How big is the Indian influence? Taj Mahal on a rice bag. Corresponding imported pots. Buy Goat brand!

A tea set for anyone's taste.

Questionable large sculptures or powerful animals. Where and why?

"What color white are you looking for?"

Monday, 22 February 2016

The Souk In Doha, Qatar

Doha has a fantastic souk. While it has been restored, it hasn't drifted into becoming a tourist attraction. There's plenty for a visitor to do from grabbing a meal to doing a little shopping. For locals, the souk still is a dependable destination for groceries, toys, textiles, even pets. Something for everyone.

The souk is both outside and covered. The pet shop area.

Balloon seller. A look inside the souk, busy, busy, busy.

Restaurant worker sneaking a phone break in an alley.

There's a little exhibition that features a summary of Qatar history.  For the kids, it's all about toys, even if it means toy AK47s.

Shopping the world over, being led by the wife.

For the big shoppers, porters are available.  They follow you around with a decorated wheelbarrow, collecting your purchases. In between customers, a porter grabbing a nap on an unused restaurant bench.

Portrait of a portrait stall.

Friday, 19 February 2016

A Glimpse At The Mosques In Doha, Qatar

A typical mosque in Doha.

Friday prayers and what happens with an overflow crowd. Literally, stopping traffic.

Leaving the mosque.

A little like a scene from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" -- all shops closed.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

The Working Men Of Doha, Qatar

Busy, busy, busy. Time for a quick portrait? Why not?

The baker.

Tea seller and watch repairman.

The tailors.

Waiting for work. Customer service.

The sweets seller.

Municipal gardener. Grocery man.

Cafe owner.