All Eyes on COP18

The word “COP18” is probably the most spoken or written word in the media during the last few weeks and another two weeks as Qatar is hosting the largest conference it ever hosts. I am trying not to be bothered, but like or not, small or big, it starts affecting my (our) life in Doha, at least for several weeks.

One is additional traffic and overcrowding at popular areas. Luckily I am working in Ras Laffan and living in North Doha, still tough, when there is a need to go to downtown or to city center, additional minutes due to traffic or longer commute is a certainty. During this time, small Doha experiences large influx of visitors to already crowded tourist puller areas: Souq Waqif, MIA, Corniche, Katara, and malls. Probably it’s the best time to venture out of Doha…

Second, the theme is no stranger to me. GHG, Kyoto Protocol, climate change, CDM, carbon footprint, flaring, emissions, CO2, and all sort of things. I was Head of Student Nature Lover Group in the university. I participated in two-week long Nature Conservation Camp. I organized environment seminar.I made countless national park/mountain/outdoor expedition. And I am environmentalist by principle although I am working as a process safety engineer. At work, I got involved in environmental impact assessment for the project and delivered some environmental program. Recently, I am involved in flare purge gas reduction and jetty boil-off gas project. So, I can’t make myself blind and ignorant.

Third, Doha is what I call it home now. What happens to Doha, again, I can’t put myself blind and pretend not to be bothered. At least I should learn to practice the renown Arabian hospitality. Guest is to be served. So, those 17,000 or more visitors are our honored guests. How to serve? Hmm…let me think 🙂

Fourth, here and there I must have met with one of those 17,000 (Doha is small, isn’t it). COP18 may be the chance to see a mini UN somehow.Didn’t I mention that Ban Ki Moon the Secretary General of the United Nations will come to Doha during COP18? I just hope that I get flash of him 🙂

Fifth, I must drive (I’d rather take bus) to Ras Laffan a bit earlier, as minutes later, I may be caught in the very long queue line to enter Ras Laffan City. Security is made tougher and more stringent with more frequent checks.

Sixth, many events organized as sidelines to the conference. From Qatar Sustainability Expo, to DFI screening to march. At least it offers a variety to our Qatar life.

Seventh, Indonesia sends its delegates to COP18 and has arranged Indonesian Climate Change Day on the 1st and 2nd December 2012, La Cigale Hotel. I am thinking if I can support this by attending the event. Also, let me (I mean us) know if Indonesian delegates need our escort to go to dune or Inland Sea :). Free.

Welcome our COP18 delegates. Welcome to Doha. Enjoy!


4 years and going

Tomorrow, 24 Nov, marks completion of my 4th year in service with Qatargas. Time flies so fast huh.

I still remember the day when I stepped out of Qatar Airways plane that took me from Jakarta to Doha. It was the onset of Ramadhan 2008 (September), temperature was 39 C and I was able to maintain my fasting amid long flight trip. The interview went well with two good people who already left the company now. I owe them for their decision to have me onboard.

Then a new beginning started when I embarked a new endeavor as an expatriat in Qatar. That was on 24 Nov 2008. Then a complete new beginning started when my family joined me on 28 Feb 2009. Fast forward, throughout this flying-fast four years I have been nothing but having excellent work experiences and working with extraordinary people.

Despite many seductions of leaving Qatargas and Qatar, I am still here today, looking forward to more exciting work and life experience years to come.

4 years and going….

Kampoeng Festival

Forwarded this info of Kampoeng Festival.

This is an Indonesian event organized by Rumah Kita (lit. Our Home, Ind.) – a non-profit charity organisation formed and run by Indonesian youth in Qatar. The event will be held in Al Khor Community on the 23rd of November 2012. It includes street festival featuring traditional dances/performances/carnival, traditional street hawkers, night markets, live bands and fashion show. A special performance will also be conducted in AKIS Amphitheater where all proceeds from 10QR tickets will go to charity.

For more information:

Facebook Rumah Kita

London in blackandwhite

London in black and white pictures. Taken on 30 June and 1 July 2012, last transit before flying back to Doha.

Tower of London
Tower Bridge
The Gherkin or 30 St. Mary Axe – a 180-m skyscraper
The Shard seen from Tower of London
At London Bridge with The Shard in the background
City Hall – Greater London Authority
Near Covent Garden underground station


The Elizabeth Tower (previously called Clock Tower)


The Palace of Westminster and The Elizabeth Tower


Thames River and The Palace of Westminster


The London Eye
Trafalgar Square


Trafalgar Square


Trafalgar Square
Piccadilly Circus


Bridge St.


The Women of WW II


Hard Rock Cafe London


Green Park
Victoria Memorial
Buckingham Palace
Relax at Green Park
Oxford St.
Bus Tour
Underground Tube Station – Hyde Park
Life at underground
Soho area


Piccadilly Circus






See also Chelsea stadium tour and Emirates Stadium [still in the oven 🙂 ]

Al Thakira Mangrove Beach Camping

Al Thakira Mangrove is regarded as one of the finest mangrove area in Qatar

Went for camping to Al Thakira Mangrove Beach on 29-30 Oct 2012 along with more than 30+ cars, 25+ tents, 2 boats, and lots of fun.

Al Thakira Mangrove is located in Al Thakira, accessed by following Al Khor- Al Thakira Road until the last roundabout then turn left (to supermarket area) and left again and follow a road leading to offroad track. Few hundreds meters afterwards is mangrove area. Our camping site is further km away, following the same offroad track encircle the bay, enter a fence opening and end up the other end of the bay facing Al Thakira. Offroad track is smooth although some have to be negotiated, sedan can go however.

Our campsite is adjacent to several reserved semi-permanent winter camp. In fact, our site is already reserved but only started to use on 1 Nov. Otherwise, some empty spots are available though not strategically located.

Campsite: 25° 44′ 41” N, 51° 33′ 39” E

Supermarket :   25°44’15″N   51°32’40″E
Starting Track : 25°44’21″N   51°32’20″E
Waypoint 1 :     25°45’34″N   51°31’28″E
Waypoint 2 :     25°45’56″N   51°32’10″E  (fence opening)
Waypoint 3 :     25°45’11″N   51°33’30″E

Offroad track to Al Thakira Mangrove – sedan can go!


Passing area with lots of tiny sand hills yet the track is nothing but smooth


Another view of offroad track


Approaching our campsite


Mangrove area near our campsite


Our campsite


BBQ starts


Another view of our campsite


With glowing Ras Laffan Industrial City as a background


What makes camping unmissable is until-late-night chat with friends


Our two boats made a part of camping participants


View of Al Thakira town at night


And view of Al Thakira town in the morning – shown here navigation aid (red pole)


Sunrise from Al Thakira Mangrove Beach


Enjoying sunrise
Though the beach is not that magnificent. kids still love it
Our green 6-person tent. Behind our tent is a reserved semi-permanent winter camp