My First Month In Doha

One month is left since my arrive in Doha. Not to much time but sufficient to start understanding some amazing qatari traditions.
Here a list of what you can expect to find (or NOT find) in Doha after a month of daily routine.
1. Crazy traffic.
Forget about highway road around Milan at 8am or 5pm. Forget about Rome. Forget about Naples. Forget about Italy, in general! Here traffic is more bad! Further, Qatari people are really crazy when they drive. Roads are quite big so speedy limits are higher than in Italy.
And what about roundabouts? You arrive, you slow down a bit (and you’re doing that because you are not from Qatar), you go inside, you close your eyes, you think about your loves, you crush the accelerator, you go out from the other side and you just say “Thanks”!
2. Petrol is cheap.
All people from ALL places in the world understand how good this news is. Thanks for this it’s possible to buy a bigger and more powerful car. Well, actually you have to buy one of these huge suvs if you would like to survive here ( see point before).
So, when I was in Milan I used to drive my little Fiat 500. Now I drive a 7-seats-car. It scares me a bit but it makes me feel even stronger!
3. No puff pastry.
I’m not able to find puff pastry at the grocery store. And I used to go to Carrefour store which is really big. No, huge. I hope to find soon some little “Eataly” stores where it is possible to get puff pastry (at the same price of a Celine bag, of course).
I know that don’t-find-puff-pastry doesn’t sound as a disaster. But even if I’ve been leaving alone since 10 years, I’m not exactly a fan of cooking. I’m not bad, but it’s not my passion. So you can understand that puff pastry often saves me by allowing me to cook easy recipes!
4. Opening hours.
Stores are open till 10pm. And grocery stores till midnight. And trust me, one day I finished to follow my grocery’s list 5 minutes before midnight!
5. Cool. Warm. Hot.
If you come from outside Qatar you will never talk about cold temperature. In winter there are between 24 – 30 degrees. And this is what Qatari people call cold temperature!
Actually you need a light jacket or a sweater in the evening, And if you go in a mall. Air conditioning makes me feel crazy. It seems to enter in a refrigerator room.
Even in the summer A/C is too high. Ok summers in Doha are hot. Really hot. More then 40 degrees. But if you are thinking to go inside a mall (where else would you go with 40 degrees?) you have to go out with a scarf or a sweater.
6. Mall means everything.
Since summers are hot – and when I refers to summer I mean from May to October – most of entertainments are inside malls. In fact, in malls there are: luna park, ice-skating rink, all kind of stores, food courts, spa (some for Ladies only), gym.
Well, you can find everything in a mall. Except the puff pastry.
Yes, one month is already over. Some things are strange. Some traditions are so far from mine. But at the moment I’m happy to be here. My husband and my home are here now!
My new car called BIG
Villaggio Mall at 11pm




Ice-Skating Rink


The Torch Hotel


A night in Doha
Chiara Amodeo
About me

Chiara is a quirky and funny Italian girl currently living in Middle East. She is a dreamer, a blogger, a shopaholic, Paris and cats lover. She spends her days with her husband and their three cats, creating outfits with Mrs B. and writing about what she loves!


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Laura M.
Reply December 7, 2013

Deve essere davvero una bella esperienza!

Fashionable Girl
Reply December 7, 2013

nice photo !

Marina Ghirga
Reply December 7, 2013

Che carine queste foto!

Reply December 7, 2013

Chissà che bello! Scatti fantsatici :-D

Viky --- MySecretFashionPoison

Reply December 7, 2013

Penso che tu stia vivendo un'esperienza unica! Sembra un parco giochi gigante :D

Reply December 7, 2013

Doha actually sounds like a pretty amazing yet different experience, and everything is tax free isn't it? I don't know if I could survive the heat and the crazy drivers! But the petrol is really cheap, thats a huge plus. Cant believe its so difficult to find puff pastry...maybe you should find out at a bakery if they are willing to feel you some. Have a splendid weekend dear!

Giada Fichera
Reply December 7, 2013

Deve essere davvero bello! Le tue parole e i tuoi scatti fanno venire voglia di partire. Un bacio e buon week end. Giada Mitzilove

Reply December 7, 2013

Ciao Chiara!!Che posto meraviglioso...anche se posso capire che tu senta la mancanza di casa...scusami se mi faccio gli affari tuoi ma come mai vi siete trasferiti a Doha?

un bacione Francesca

    Chiara T.
    Reply December 9, 2013

    Ciao Francesca! Ho seguito mio marito che per lavoro deve seguire un progetto qui! E quindi..nuova vita!

    Reply December 11, 2013

    Scusami se sono stata indiscreta ma sono una curiosona!!Ti faccio un in bocca al lupo per questa tua nuova vita!

    un bacione

    Chiara T.
    Reply December 11, 2013

    Ma che discreta!! Anzi mi fa solo piacere l'interesse!
    A presto!

Mihaela Pojogu
Reply December 7, 2013

Lovely photos! Great night in Doha :)

Reply December 7, 2013

Mi affascinano molto i paesi come quello in cui vivi tu o altri degli Emirati Arabi. Mi piacerebbe molto visitarli. Caspita 25/30° d'inverno!!Wow!!
Un bacione Chiara!!

Diana Ashuayem
Reply December 7, 2013

Great post!

Jackie Harrison
Reply December 7, 2013

Beautiful images what a an amazing country I guess you need to see what its there known pastry if found please share. As per crazy driver thats nerve racking. Have a great weekend doll.

Katja momentaufnahmen
Reply December 7, 2013

Ich bin gerade auf deinen Blog gestoßen, und finde ihn richtig toll :)

Schau doch mal auf meinem Blog vorbei.

Vielleicht hast du ja Lust mir zu Folgen?
Ich freue mich auf deinen Besuch.
Liebe Grüße

shine star
Reply December 7, 2013

Nice post!

Reply December 7, 2013

Hello from Spain: great pics. I I like Christmas with warmth and good weather. Keep in touch

Donatella Gaeta
Reply December 7, 2013

eccomi ad unirmi a te come tua follower!
il blog è carino e minimale :)
mi piace!
ciao a presto!
Lo stile di Artemide

Reply December 7, 2013

Nice post dear I hope your having a lovely day.

The Dainty Dolls House
Reply December 7, 2013

Stunning pictures xx

Reply December 7, 2013

Sounds good. Would love to visite Doha some day.


Reply December 7, 2013

Ciao Chiara ! Bellissime foto , un posto mrraviglioso ♥

F-lover Fashion Blog
Reply December 7, 2013

lovely pictures!
Gi. xx

miss b
Reply December 7, 2013

Your post brings back memories of our trip to Doha a couple of months ago. I thought The Torch was spectacular and we enjoyed wandering around the Villagio Mall but I agree, it can be chillly in the malls.

Reply December 7, 2013

Great Post!!!

big Hugs <3

Talhara Ruiz
Reply December 7, 2013

great post. and nice pictures! thanks for your comments.

fedi brunori
Reply December 8, 2013

i perfectly understand you.i live too in a foreign country, unfortunally i am not so happy like you are, to be here..and every year i say that the next one i will turn home..but i am still here...3 almost 4 years here..uffiii... i didn't understand yet why you moved to quatar? i mean the reason for which you moved.

Reply December 8, 2013

What an interesting adventure! I have been to Doha but only on layovers, I hope to find the time to visit the city one day :)

Barbara de Robles
Reply December 8, 2013

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Reply December 8, 2013

alla fine tranne il traffico direi non male questo primo mese, beata te che stai al caldo

Reply December 8, 2013

Sicuramente stai facendo una bellissima esperienza, in questo momento invidio soprattutto il caldo!

Dania Carbonini
Reply December 8, 2013

Io non sapevo tu vivessi li....Certo, deve essere un bel cambio rispetto all' Italia...
Bello il luna park, il l adoro.

Un bacio grande

Francesca Romana Capizzi
Reply December 8, 2013

Ma tu pensa che io mi sonos empre lamentata del traffico di roma.....e li e' peggio??? OMMIODDIO!!!

Vale ♥
Reply December 8, 2013

Mi piace leggere delle differenze, sicuramente stai imparando un sacco con questa esperienze particolare ! In questo momento ti invidio il caldo ! Un bacio

Fashion and Cookies

María José Blanco
Reply December 8, 2013

Che belle foto.



the chilicool
Reply December 8, 2013

Una bella esperienza e che belle foto!

Mitha Komala
Reply December 8, 2013

have fun in your new city dear! and goodluck <3

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Nequéren Reis
Reply December 8, 2013

Olá!!!, Deus seja contigo, tenha uma semana abençoada, amiga post lindo amei SUCESSO AMIGA.
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Reply December 8, 2013

Nice post! lovely pictures :)

Maria Laura Argyropoulos
Reply December 8, 2013

Nice pics baby!

The Fashion Curly

Curls e Carrots
Reply December 8, 2013


Nerline Germain
Reply December 8, 2013

Wonderful experience. I can't wait to visit!!

Reply December 9, 2013

Your blog is amazing, I'd love to come back here;)
if you want to follow each other, please follow me on GFC, and I'll do the same ;)
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Kim Alston
Reply December 9, 2013

I've heard their malls are absolutely fabulous! I bet their petrol is cheap. Wish it was that way here. LOL The temps are ever changing. HaHa

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