New leaf in the history of Qatar

The time has come to turn a new leaf in the history of our nation

It is a mixed feeling to see the outgoing Emir of Qatar and welcoming a new Emir. On 25 June 2013, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani handed over power to his son, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Social media is overwhelmed by expectedly positive comments (not only by countrymen but also expatriates) to Sheikh Hamad on his achievements to turn modern Qatar, his dedication, his greatness, his humanitarian and his service to Qatar and to make what Qatar today. I am fortunate enough to be a witness of Qatar development during the last 5 years under Sheikh Hamad leadership.

Barakallahu fiikum Sheikh Hamad and mabrook Sheikh Tamim. May Qatar continue to be prosperous!

On a televised speech, Sheikh Hamad handed over power to his son
On a televised speech, Sheikh Hamad handed over power to his son
Countrymen greeted the former and new Emir and pledged their allegiance at Wajbah Palace
Countrymen greeted the former and new Emir and pledge their allegiance at Wajbah Palace
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Summer Dune Bashing

It’s almost four months back when I had my last offroad desert drive. Amid summer, I went to Inland Sea along with other 21 cars. Though it was 41 C during the day, a night in Inland Sea saw cool temperature of around 22-24 C, much cooler than average of 29 C in Doha.

In the morning, we rocked and rolled over the dunes, down slided barchan dunes and shared a laugh to bogged down cars.

One other thing that makes living in Qatar is more enjoyable.

 

Morning in Rock Islands, Inland Sea
Morning in Rock Islands, Inland Sea

 

Sunrise in Rock Islands, Inland Sea
Sunrise in Rock Islands, Inland Sea

 

Our favorite fishing and camping spot in Inland Sea
Our favorite fishing and camping spot in Inland Sea

 

 

Before that….

Only darkness and few meters of light in front of us
Only darkness and few meters of light in front of us

 

Among friends, everything is fun!
Among friends, everything is fun!

 

Fathan , iPad and his friend
Fathan , iPad and his friend

 

Our neighbor
Our neighbor

 

Fish you luck :)
Fish you luck 🙂

 

and when the adventure begins….

 

Rocking and rolling amid summer morning (photo by Rudy)
Rocking and rolling amid summer morning (photo by Rudy)

 

Got stuck was certainly fun. No worries
Got stuck was certainly fun. No worries

 

Lined up for dune bashing (photo by Rudy)
Lined up for dune bashing (photo by Rudy)

 

Sliding is always on the agenda
Sliding is always on the agenda

 

Qtel (Oreedoo) Tower #2 - end of Inland Sea "Highway Road"
Qtel (Oreedoo) Tower #2 – end of Inland Sea “Highway Road”

 

A signboard at Qtel Tower 2, Inland Sea
A signboard at Qtel Tower 2, Inland Sea

 

Thanks to my "white professor"
Thanks to my “white professor”