An evening at the MIA Park

I had a bit of time between runs to drop and pickup my son to his evening classes and decided to make a dash to the Museum of Islamic Arts. As I entered the doors, the guard came forward and told me that the Museum was ‘closed’. Must be some VIP visiting the place in peace. I decided to take a short walk in the park.

This stray cat was finding life boring and decided to seek my company. It came and started scratching my feet!

The Fire Station

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Road to the firestation, Doha, Qatar

The Fire Station (www.firestation.org.qa) is really the rebirth of the old firstation in Doha into an artist residence with a gallery. The Garage gallery, originally home to all the firetrucks of Qatar, just opened its first exhibition and it is never too late to pay a visit.

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The rest of the residence is still under construction, but the general layout and style of the site promises another blockbuster in the making. The old building is built in a mix of art-deco style and the new buildings are a modern form of Bauhaus.

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I found the work in progress as interesting as an installation in itself, a splash of color in the midst of a monochrome pallette.

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Some curvaceous furniture rounds off the show for now. Waiting with bated breath for the first round of residencies to end.

Vignettes from the desert

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A visit to the Zikreet desert, to the unsuspecting traveler, will revive memories of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Out in the middle of nowhere four rectangular sheets of steel line up, 15+ meters tall. They are an installation by Richard Serra – expected to stand the test of time. There is not much rain to rust the metal fast, but the alternating heat and cold of the desert may test the integrity of the material. Being thin really helps in this case.

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Scorpion Crossing, Zikreet, Qatar.

An early morning visit to the gypsum flats reveals all the secret tracks of the scorpions that roam the slopes looking for food. If you are scouring the desert in the night, the pesky little UV torches will light up all these scorpions!

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The early morning sunlight on a clear day is so low that every tiny undulation of the soft desert sand appears like a large valley when shot close up!

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The tide keeps going up and down in the western coast of Qatar. I have never seen any fishes close to the coast this side of the country, wheareas the east cosat is teeming with fishes and jellyfish.