Ian Edelman in Doha

Expat exploits in Qatar

I got wheels


Yesterday at 4.15pm I walked down to the Nissan dealership to pick up my shiny new Nissan Qashqai.

Nissan Qashqai

It was a short drive from the showroom to our apartment. This was a fairly simple route, including two right turns and one left turn and three speed bumps. I arrived safe and sound.

Many of the side roads have multiple speed bumps, high enough to make you slow to a walking pace and at an optimum height to dent the bottom of your vehicle should you ignore them.

This morning I decided to test the car and my driving by going to fill up with petrol. The tank was around one third full when I collected the car. There is a petrol station just over half a mile away or 1 kilometre as measured locally.


Petrol stations are pretty much the same as in the UK, albeit much scruffier, and there is man to fill you tank. It is cash only, but then my bill came to 34QR for 34 litres… so 1QR a litre or 17p per litre and that was for the premium 97 octane not the standard.


2 thoughts on “I got wheels

  1. I don’t know. No longer a earth loving green. Now a gas guzzling 4×4 driver. Welcome to the sensible safe motoring with a large chunk of metal around you.

  2. Very smart.
    I can remember paying 17 pence in 1973.

    They really are behind the times in Qatar.

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