Wow.....

Mar. 26th, 2007 10:47 pm
patgund: (Gears)
This *is* a surprise. Mostly because KSA tends to lean on other countries in the region on not allowing such. It's not a surprise it would be Qatar that would take the first step at such.

 Christian church rises in Arabia (al-Jazeera)

"Work has begun on the construction of Qatar's first purpose-built church in the desert outside Doha, the country's capital.

Although the country's native inhabitants are entirely Muslim - and are prohibited by law from converting to another faith - the new Catholic church will cater to the large number of Christian migrants who have come to the Arabia Gulf state in search of work.

Roman Catholics from all over the Arabian Peninsula - many of them migrant workers - are helping to pay for the $15m building, which is scheduled to open at the end of the year.

Overseeing the church is Paul Hinder, the Catholic Church's Bishop of Arabia. A Christian in the heart of the Muslim world, his diocese is the entire Arabian peninsular, encompassing six countries."

Wow.....

Mar. 26th, 2007 10:47 pm
patgund: (Gears)
This *is* a surprise. Mostly because KSA tends to lean on other countries in the region on not allowing such. It's not a surprise it would be Qatar that would take the first step at such.

 Christian church rises in Arabia (al-Jazeera)

"Work has begun on the construction of Qatar's first purpose-built church in the desert outside Doha, the country's capital.

Although the country's native inhabitants are entirely Muslim - and are prohibited by law from converting to another faith - the new Catholic church will cater to the large number of Christian migrants who have come to the Arabia Gulf state in search of work.

Roman Catholics from all over the Arabian Peninsula - many of them migrant workers - are helping to pay for the $15m building, which is scheduled to open at the end of the year.

Overseeing the church is Paul Hinder, the Catholic Church's Bishop of Arabia. A Christian in the heart of the Muslim world, his diocese is the entire Arabian peninsular, encompassing six countries."
patgund: Knotwork (Pancake Bunny)
(Crossposted to my LJ and [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces)
Since I'm wrapping up my time in the Middle East, here's some new house shots.
These are from a couple houses in the Old Rayyan township west of Doha.

This is the interior of an abandoned house off of al-Luqta street, in the old Rayyan area of Doha. Rest of Pictures behind cut )
patgund: Knotwork (Pancake Bunny)
(Crossposted to my LJ and [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces)
Since I'm wrapping up my time in the Middle East, here's some new house shots.
These are from a couple houses in the Old Rayyan township west of Doha.

This is the interior of an abandoned house off of al-Luqta street, in the old Rayyan area of Doha. Rest of Pictures behind cut )
patgund: Knotwork (Pancake Bunny)
(Crossposted to my LJ and [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces)

Here's an oddity - the parking garage on the upper five levels of "City C Centre" in the Souk area of Doha. City C Centre is a three floor indoor souk - that seems never to have been used or opened.

Temperature when I took these pictures was 107 degrees F (almost 42 C), and 89% humidity. Ugh.

However, you can drive up to the top levels of the parking garage.

Pictures behind cut )
patgund: Knotwork (Pancake Bunny)
(Crossposted to my LJ and [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces)

Here's an oddity - the parking garage on the upper five levels of "City C Centre" in the Souk area of Doha. City C Centre is a three floor indoor souk - that seems never to have been used or opened.

Temperature when I took these pictures was 107 degrees F (almost 42 C), and 89% humidity. Ugh.

However, you can drive up to the top levels of the parking garage.

Pictures behind cut )
patgund: Knotwork (Pancake Bunny)
Date: Wednesday, August 30 - Thursday August 31
Flight: KL 440 (KLM)
Departs: Doha-Int'l, Qatar (DOH) at 11:00PM
Arrives: Dammam, Saudi Arabia (DMM) at 11:50PM
Departs: Dammam, Saudi Arabia (DMM) at 12:40AM
Arrives: Amsterdam-Schiphol, Netherlands (AMS) at 6:20AM
Flight Duration: 7 Hours, 30 minutes
Miles: 3,061
Aircraft: 767

Layover in Dammam, KSA is 50 minutes

Thursday, August 31
Flight: KL 6041/*NW 41
Departs: Amsterdam-Schiphol, Netherlands (AMS) at 9:50AM
Arrives: Minneapolis/St. Paul-Int'l, MN (MSP) at 11:45AM
Flight Duration: 8 hours 55 minutes
Miles: 4,155
Aircraft: Airbus A330

Layover in Amsterdam is 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Thursday, August 31
Flight: KL 6185/*NW 185
Departs: Minneapolis/St. Paul-Int'l, MN (MSP) at 5:20PM
Arrives: San Diego-Lindbergh Field, CA (SAN) at 7:03PM
Flight Duration: 3 hours 43 minutes
Miles: 1,531
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200

Layover in Minneapolis is 5 hours 35 minutes (Last trip, it took me 30 minutes to clear customs in Seattle. Any bets on how long this time?)

Total Flight time is 20 hours 8 minutes
Miles is 8,747
Aircraft, Boeing 767, 757, Airbus A330
patgund: Knotwork (Pancake Bunny)
Date: Wednesday, August 30 - Thursday August 31
Flight: KL 440 (KLM)
Departs: Doha-Int'l, Qatar (DOH) at 11:00PM
Arrives: Dammam, Saudi Arabia (DMM) at 11:50PM
Departs: Dammam, Saudi Arabia (DMM) at 12:40AM
Arrives: Amsterdam-Schiphol, Netherlands (AMS) at 6:20AM
Flight Duration: 7 Hours, 30 minutes
Miles: 3,061
Aircraft: 767

Layover in Dammam, KSA is 50 minutes

Thursday, August 31
Flight: KL 6041/*NW 41
Departs: Amsterdam-Schiphol, Netherlands (AMS) at 9:50AM
Arrives: Minneapolis/St. Paul-Int'l, MN (MSP) at 11:45AM
Flight Duration: 8 hours 55 minutes
Miles: 4,155
Aircraft: Airbus A330

Layover in Amsterdam is 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Thursday, August 31
Flight: KL 6185/*NW 185
Departs: Minneapolis/St. Paul-Int'l, MN (MSP) at 5:20PM
Arrives: San Diego-Lindbergh Field, CA (SAN) at 7:03PM
Flight Duration: 3 hours 43 minutes
Miles: 1,531
Aircraft: Boeing 757-200

Layover in Minneapolis is 5 hours 35 minutes (Last trip, it took me 30 minutes to clear customs in Seattle. Any bets on how long this time?)

Total Flight time is 20 hours 8 minutes
Miles is 8,747
Aircraft, Boeing 767, 757, Airbus A330
patgund: Knotwork (Generic Icon)
(Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces and my LJ)

And here's pictures 7-12, with the interior of the house....and some surprises.....

Pictures 7-12 behind cut )
patgund: Knotwork (Generic Icon)
(Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces and my LJ)

And here's pictures 7-12, with the interior of the house....and some surprises.....

Pictures 7-12 behind cut )
patgund: Knotwork (Minifig Head)
(Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces and my LJ)

As I said previously, I found three abandoned houses on June 3rd. Except #3 wasn't as abandoned as I thought. I shant post those pictures.

However, I got some lovely shots from #2. Since there's 12 total, I'll split them into two posts.

On to the house - and some greenery as well.......

Pictures 1-6 behind LJ Cut )
patgund: Knotwork (Minifig Head)
(Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces and my LJ)

As I said previously, I found three abandoned houses on June 3rd. Except #3 wasn't as abandoned as I thought. I shant post those pictures.

However, I got some lovely shots from #2. Since there's 12 total, I'll split them into two posts.

On to the house - and some greenery as well.......

Pictures 1-6 behind LJ Cut )
patgund: (Gears)
(Crossposted to my LJ and [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces)

Three weeks or so ago, I posted pictures of a series of abandoned souks on Al Rayyan street in Doha.....

Before and After shots )
patgund: (Gears)
(Crossposted to my LJ and [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces)

Three weeks or so ago, I posted pictures of a series of abandoned souks on Al Rayyan street in Doha.....

Before and After shots )
patgund: Knotwork (Kenya)
(Crossposted to my LJ and [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces)

I took some good shots of two abandoned houses in the Rayyan district of Doha, Qatar today.

The first house is the older adobe over brick or concrete construction. These usually have rope-bound poles for support, with a platted wood celing. It always strikes me as interesting how little out of place they would look in the US Southwest or even the desert parts of rural Mexico. I suspect the desert has it's own dictates on construction.

Pictures behind cut )

I have pictures of a second house I'll post tomorrow. Also I found an "abandoned house" that wasn't as abandoned as one may think, it had been turned into a de-facto labor camp for the various third and fourth worlders that get hired here cheaply for constuction and labour.
patgund: Knotwork (Kenya)
(Crossposted to my LJ and [livejournal.com profile] abandonedplaces)

I took some good shots of two abandoned houses in the Rayyan district of Doha, Qatar today.

The first house is the older adobe over brick or concrete construction. These usually have rope-bound poles for support, with a platted wood celing. It always strikes me as interesting how little out of place they would look in the US Southwest or even the desert parts of rural Mexico. I suspect the desert has it's own dictates on construction.

Pictures behind cut )

I have pictures of a second house I'll post tomorrow. Also I found an "abandoned house" that wasn't as abandoned as one may think, it had been turned into a de-facto labor camp for the various third and fourth worlders that get hired here cheaply for constuction and labour.
patgund: Knotwork (Hello Scream)
This was taken when I got to my flat. It was worse out by Education City



That haze you see in the distance? Sandstorm. Temp 109 degrees, winds 38-42 mph. 

Ugh
patgund: Knotwork (Hello Scream)
This was taken when I got to my flat. It was worse out by Education City



That haze you see in the distance? Sandstorm. Temp 109 degrees, winds 38-42 mph. 

Ugh

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