Ian Edelman in Doha

Expat exploits in Qatar


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Red Arrows

The Red Arrows flew over the city this afternoon. They were performing somewhere in the region and the Doha display was an added extra. They few across and around the bay in their usual spectacular fashion.

Along the Corniche, the traffic slowed to a crawl as drivers watched and many double parked to be able to stop and watch.

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I got a good view from the Museum of Islamic Art" "

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Just when I thought it was finished and drove off in the car, the red planes flew away but then briefly returned with this huge fighter with fiery afterburners roared around the bay… then it was all over.


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Flugtag Qatar

Last Friday the MIA Park hosted Flugtag Qatar. The event was organised by the purveyor of a well known energy drink.

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For those of you unaware of the marketing exercise which is ‘Flugtag’, it is built around home-made ‘flying machines’ which are launched off a high ramp. They attempt to fly… the current record is over 70 metres, however most were not built with aerodynamics in mind and plummet vertically. The ramp at MIA Park was over the creek/lagoon adjacent to the museum, with a drop into warm Gulf waters.

I was fortunate enough to have a media pass which got me into a special area close to the ramp (just to the right the photo above). So while most of the estimated 17,000 visitors to the event stood out in the 35C sun, I had a shaded space with armchairs, free food and water and as much of the energy drink I wanted. I limited myself to two cans.

A variety of craft headed up the ramp, and all made a very short journey into the water. Several craft broke apart during the freefall, but all were destroyed on impact with the water. After each attempt, the wreckage was cleared.  We had to wait until after 3pm for our entry to fly. It was built to resemble a spectacular jewelled falcon from the museum collections.

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I think the entry was a pretty fair scaled-up replica.

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The 5-person team above with the frames which are supposed to imitate museum display cases.

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The result was, of course, inevitable.


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Desert paint job

On a number of occasions I have seen large SUVs partially covered with a layer of beige around the front, bonnet and along the wings and sides.

Car with desert protection

At first I thought it was sand that had stuck to car, as many of these vehicles had Saudi plates. When you touch it, it feels like a heavy undercoat type of paint.

I have read that it is done by spraying water, then very fine sand on top, which dries and sticks to the car giving it the muddy camouflage  effect. It protects the car from chips, bigger sand particles when travelling at speed along a desert highway. I understand that is is easily removed with a pressure jet.

If anyone knows any different, please let me know.