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texasisthereason



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:18 am    Post subject: Hotel gym/pool/beach questions. Reply with quote

Girlfriend and I are moving to Qatar this summer and are looking for things to do with our free time.

She is an avid swimmer and loves the beach; I am in need of a gym.

Have looked on various search engines and most of the information is dated several years back.

I do not mind paying a yearly fee if it will keep us in shape and entertained.

Any insight to which hotels have the best facilities would be apprecited.

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nomad soul



Joined: 31 Jan 2010
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Location: Terra firma

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Travel and lifestyle sites like tripadvisor.com, expatarrivals.com, and lifeinqatar.com should give you the answers you need.

Since you mentioned you're moving to the country with your girlfriend, I suggest you check out this November 2013 article, "Cohabitation laws in Qatar cause confusion for hotel guests" (http://dohanews.co/cohabitation-laws-cause-confusion-for-hotel-guests/), especially if you expect to live together in Qatar as an unmarried couple.
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rtm



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:55 am    Post subject: Re: Hotel gym/pool/beach questions. Reply with quote

For general questions about living in Qatar, you might also want to try popular local Qatar forums, such as:

http://www.iloveqatar.net/
http://www.qatarliving.com/
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texasisthereason



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information nomad----separate residences are being provided.

rtm--- I've seen questions posted on those sites---they usually go unanswered or are were posted 8 years ago.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

texasisthereason wrote:
I've seen questions posted on those sites---they usually go unanswered or are were posted 8 years ago.

Frankly, once you get to Qatar, you'll have a better idea of beaches, gyms, etc. and their proximity to where you'll be staying.
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rtm



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

texasisthereason wrote:
rtm--- I've seen questions posted on those sites---they usually go unanswered or are were posted 8 years ago.

Have you posted your questions on those sites? I've had mixed success on those 2 sites in particular. However, I have had some of my questions answered with useful information.

Sorry I can't give you any first-hand information about paying for pool or gym access -- my residence has both. Yours might, too.

Here is some information about paying for beach/pool/resort access at hotels. It can add up quickly.

Here's some info about gyms in Qatar (published Feb. 27, 2014).
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texasisthereason



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks rtm--- that was a very helpful and concise link.

Yes---it appears to be expensive. My mindset is to bite the bullet and purchase a couples package in order for us to have something to do in our downtime. The Hilton costs 11,9oo and includes the beach and pool (both indoor and outdoor) along with bar and restaurant.

To do it on a per visit fee would then rack up beyond the annual.

My goal is to keep us fit and entertained when not at work; and it appears that the weather is conducive year round to beach/pool activity.
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SirAristede



Joined: 26 May 2014
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

texasisthereason wrote:
Thanks rtm--- that was a very helpful and concise link.

Yes---it appears to be expensive. My mindset is to bite the bullet and purchase a couples package in order for us to have something to do in our downtime. The Hilton costs 11,9oo and includes the beach and pool (both indoor and outdoor) along with bar and restaurant.

To do it on a per visit fee would then rack up beyond the annual.

My goal is to keep us fit and entertained when not at work; and it appears that the weather is conducive year round to beach/pool activity.


I wouldn't say the summer months are all necessarily conducive to beach/pool activities...unless you enjoy sitting on the beach when it's 110 degrees F outside... Shocked
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rtm



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SirAristede wrote:
I wouldn't say the summer months are all necessarily conducive to beach/pool activities...

I'd echo this. Summers are not a lot of fun outside, even in the water. If the pools are inside, you might use them. I use my residence's pool in the summer, but only at night.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:05 pm    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

1-I had no prob living with my girlfriend in Doha.

2-I joined the Sheraton. Nice beach, good gym. I just told them we were married and the couple membership was cheaper.

Is your employer going to sort the housing? How will your girlfriend get sponsored?
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millie18



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your girlfriend is an avid swimmer - i.e. swimming for fitness, some of the hotel beach fronts are fairly small. The Ritz has a lovely indoor pool as well as beach front and I know there are many couples and families who use their fitness and beach facilities and are very happy.

You will want somewhere fairly accessible. As usual, Doha is under construction, which makes already unbearable traffic worse.

Aspire might be an option as well but the facilities are usually segregated (as they may be at some of the hotels as well).
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:28 am    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

I'm an avid sea swimmer. You have to watch the jelly fish in the summer months.

I'd do the Sheraton as I said.
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millie18



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheraton has been closed since May and probably until late 2015 for renovations
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