The labyrinthine alleys of the historic Souq Watif in Doha, Qatar are home to scores of stores offering gold, spices, traditional crafts, and more.

Over my past eleven years of round-the-world travel I’ve probably flown through Doha, Qatar, a dozen times. While I was intimately familiar with the airport at Doha, I’d never actually visited the city, so I decided to rectify that this summer. On my way from Jordan to Nepal, I stopped over in the Qatari capital for a few days. Aware of the brutal summer heat that Middle Eastern countries suffer during the summer, I had scheduled my visit for the first week of October. Unfortunately, that was still…

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