Doha at Night Glows With Optimism
After months of covering the transformation underway in Qatar and throughout the Middle East, I finally arrived in Doha Saturday night. So far the city has engaged and fascinated me in a way similar to how I have fawned over my past travel destinations including Sarajevo, Montevideo, Salvador and Kosovo. The mix of the old and new is heavily weighted towards the new, but remnants of Qatar's past still thrive. And my walk along the Corniche was a vivid display of both Qatar's accomplishments and its still hugely untapped potential. On a crisp desert winter night, I found myself scoping out the new skyscrapers in the northern shore of the Corniche. The walk was necessary after a huge meal in Souq Waqif, and yet proved inspiring for the way in which I observed designers and developers are pushing the bounds of architecture and design. My five day immersion course in all of what boosts and challenges Qatar has just started, but my infatuation is only at a very early start.