Zubarah Fort, Qatar

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Zubarah Fort was originally built by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938 to serve as a Coast Guard station. Today, the fort serves as a museum and landmark. Being 65 miles (105 km) out of Doha, it’s mile after mile of flat land before coming across a blip on the horizon, so stay alert. Also, like so much in Qatar at the moment, the fort is under renovation and the nearby deserted Qatari village ruins are currently closed to the public.

(Nikon D7100, December 2015)

Al-­Jassasiya Mosque, Qatar

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The mosque at Al-Jassasiya is the oldest in Qatar. It is currently undergoing renovation (as is much of Qatar at the moment), though it still retains it ancient elements. I am most pleased to be able to ascend its short minaret. It’s a tight squeeze but worth the effort as this will certainly no longer be an option if it were to become a functioning mosque again.

(Nikon D7100, December 2015)

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

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The Museum of Islamic Art was designed by architect I. M. Pei. At age 91, Pei had to be coaxed out of retirement to undertake the enterprise. He traveled throughout the Muslim world on a six-month quest to learn about Muslim architecture and history and read Muslim texts to draw inspiration for his design. Facilities inside the 5-storey museum include a gift shop, library, classrooms, a 200-seat theater, and IDAM, a high class restaurant offering French Mediterranean cuisine with Arabic elements.

I become quite obsessed with the interior design of the main hall, taking a series of shots, creating variations on a theme. I’d usually only share one, but find each of the four possesses its own merits.

(Nikon D7100, December 2015)