In a place located on the waterfront, which knows such a hot season, it makes sense to seek cooling near the water. In Doha, this has resulted in the Corniche, which is the main spot for people to hang out, to work out, to go for a stroll or a picnic, to go fishing, or just watch others doing those activities. I went there almost straight after arriving on a hot afternoon, and walked on the south side of the Corniche, taking a lot of breaks along the way to enjoy the view, to watch people, and to soak in the atmosphere.
As the sun went down, the light got better, the temperature more bearable, and I noticed that more and more people flocked to the waterfront. Fishermen had a great time - I saw them pulling fish out of the water very regularly. The people I saw were from all walks of life: traditionally dressed locals, Arabs with their inevitable red-and-white keffiyeh, but also fashionably dressed Arabs, Indians or Bangladeshi, other foreigners in flashy clothes doing a workout. The atmosphere was very friendly, in many of the green patches, families would sit down for a picnic, others were sitting on the border of the Corniche. The sunset was clear: instead of gradually blurring away before the horizon, it was very clear until disappearing behind it.
The next morning, I woke up very early as sunset was very early, and the sun was as clear as it had been in the evening. The Corniche was much emptier; now, most of the people I saw were doing a workout: running, doing exercises, cycling... The broad pavement of the Corniche allows for many people to walk and workout at the same time without any problem. This time, I walked all along the Corniche, passing the Pearl monument and other monuments like a colourful one depicting the symbols of Qatar, Orry, the icon of the Asian Games 2006 that were held here, with great views over the skyline, Palm Island that was almost completely without palms, and ultimately, the southern side of Doha Bay. Distances are displayed on the pavement, accomodating sportsmen working out here. I ended my walk at the Sheraton, and then walked back. This time, as the sun was climbing in the sky, it got increasingly hot and the view worsened. At the same time, I enjoyed walking this great, relaxing Corniche all the way back to the beginning on the southern side.
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