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Alive and well iin Qatar (where is that again...?)
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Bindair Dundat



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

veiledsentiments wrote:
I wouldn't have liked Doha for the same reason that I didn't like Kuwait... you leave the city and there is nothing but rather unattractive flat desert.


..and billions of stars...

But it's true that the deserts of Qatar and Q8 cannot compare with those of Abu Dhabi Emirate and Oman.
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dmb



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goodness. Is this turning into a my desert is better than yours? Wink The view from one side of my house is forest and the view from the other is sea. Much better than sand. Very Happy

But stars are limited.
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grahamb



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:57 pm    Post subject: A room with a view Reply with quote

Didn't know you could see the trees and the sea from inside Saughton! Wink
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dmb wrote:
Goodness. Is this turning into a my desert is better than yours? Wink

You mean that as a joke, of course, but there is a huge variance in deserts. They vary from the flat ugly boring stretch between Abu Dhabi and Dubai or around Kuwait... to huge beautiful red dunes with ripples like water approaching Al-Ain... to the pebble strewn deserts of Oman decorated with acacia trees nibbled into bonsai by the goats.

Who knew? Not what I expected at all...

I loved traveling between the Emirates and Oman.

VS
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dmb



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:48 am    Post subject: Re: A room with a view Reply with quote

grahamb wrote:
Didn't know you could see the trees and the sea from inside Saughton! Wink
The Pentlands and the Forth..... from the roof when protesting.
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grahamb



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:13 am    Post subject: Buena vista Reply with quote

Ah, the penthouse suite!
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Bindair Dundat



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dmb wrote:
Goodness. Is this turning into a my desert is better than yours? Wink The view from one side of my house is forest and the view from the other is sea. Much better than sand. Very Happy


I would have agreed with you had I never experienced the topography surrounding Al Ain. The sheer variety is amazing. You can't sail a boat there, unfortunately, and you can't lie in the shade of a towering redwood, but there is still a lot to see.

And you get to see it in relative privacy, which seems to be dwindling these days.
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dmb



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that the desert can be beautiful but most desert areas I have seen are nothing to write home about...... but I am pisces and like water.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:09 am    Post subject: Seeing stars Reply with quote

Aye, dmb, I'll bet you've been "Pisced" a few times over the years!
I find Adam's Ale is best enjoyed with a dram.
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dmb



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only a malt Graham.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:46 am    Post subject: Malt Reply with quote

If you like 'em peaty, I heartily recommend Benromach.
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lukey



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:43 am    Post subject: Qatar is ugly Reply with quote

Plain truth - Qatar landscape is a barren wasteland - I lived there for three years - the only green space is at the golf course - i went there a lot for "green" therapy
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Bindair Dundat



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Qatar is ugly Reply with quote

lukey wrote:
Plain truth - Qatar landscape is a barren wasteland...


Another similarity to Q8. The place is ugly as hell, I can't argue about that. There are some small green spaces along the corniche, but if you go there you have to enjoy large crowds of Indians.
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DesertStar



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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to huge beautiful red dunes with ripples like water approaching Al-Ain...


Agreed..
absolutely breathtaking..
Smile
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Kiran



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello all...I need some advice.

QP has offered me a job but insists that the contract 'will be ready when I arrive'. Can somebody tell me if this is okay? Is it their usual practice? Can I trust them not to change the terms on my offer letter ( offer e-mail, rather) after I join them?

Rather anxious...advice from people who know Doha/ QP would be most welcome.
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