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Posted on November 29, 2015 by Sioux under General
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On my last but one day in Qatar, the kids decided to go travelling to places unexplored, by them or me. So, cooler box stacked with snacks, water & juice and GPS co-ordinates saved, off we went in a westerly direction, looking for what is known as ‘Film City’.

 

We literally travelled the width of the entire country of Qatar, which I found out today, is smaller than the Kruger National Park!!!

 

Enroute & quite by accident, we found the ‘Richard Serra East West / West East’ steel structures.  Four massive steel sheets, rolled in Germany & shipped here, then placed in the desert as an  artistic piece. Why?

  I have no clue, artistic

   licence I guess!

Trying to find this ‘Film City’ wasn’t easy, even using GPS co-ordinates and we eventually asked the advice of a passing military man. The advice we got was ‘just

over there, follow the road’.

 

Now in African custom, just over there could be an hour or a day’s drive away, and

we were soon to discover that this was the same in the desert ……over an hour later,

driving over a surface that barely resembled a road; looked like a lunar surface from

the movies (irony?) and tossed us about like corks in a storms we found Film City.

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A replica Arab village, supposedly built between 5-10 years ago as the set of a local film, we were welcomed in by a white robed Sudanese expat, with greetings of “come, enter, drink tea”, himself shoving

small tot sized glasses of

cinnamon-scented aromatic

black tea into our hands….

we drank, thirsty or not!

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The ‘City’ itself isn’t very big and the visit lasted about 30 minutes, after which we departed in search of the Mystery Village close by.

 

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Small stone rondavels, also supposedly part of the same film set, I still don’t knowwhat makes it mysterious. My son-in-law & I both commented that we wished we had discovered this earlier during my visit as this would be the ideal camp-out spot in order to photograph the milkyway & star trails….I’ll just have to come back! 

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Once back on solid tar & able to speak without

stuttering, my daughter said she had planned to

end off our day with a visit to The Sheikh Faisal

Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, so off we went,

the GPS gal insisting that we follow her directions

to our last stop.

 

 

We did and a fascinating place it was, with a mix of relics, sea going craft from the region, ancient weapons of war and some very old, but extremely well kept vehicles.   A fabulous days outing!

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3 responses to “Pick a road……any road….”

  1. Cindy says:

    gosh sounds amazing….oh the things we see when we leave familiar shores……

  2. Chez says:

    Awesome and interesting at the same time you are so lucky Sioux! take care! x x

  3. Yvonne Louw says:

    Thank you for all the photos…..it almost feels as if we are with you. xxx

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