24 hours in Doha: Balancing tomorrow with yesterday in Qatar.
By Mark Andrews
Selamta – Ethiopian Airlines.
March – April 2017
The Shangri-la Hotel Doha is one of the latest additions to the skyline of the ultramodern West Bay district, the city’s new central business hub. Blending Asian and Middle Eastern hospitality, the hotel provides an unforgettable sense of cultural immersion starting from the moment you enter the lobby, where an oud (a pear-shaped string instrument) player will serenade you while a falcon holds watch. For a leisurely breakfast to start the day, head to Sridan, featuring 10 stations of different cuisines. Enjoy everything from shakshuka, a spicy egg-and-vegetable dish from Morocco, to Indian stuffed-pancake-like dosas. If your taste buds are less than adventurous first thing in the morning, though, don’t worry: There are plenty of familiar options as well.
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