Part 1


  1. When you think a Middle East destination, Dubai is generally the first one that comes to mind - an international city filled with massive wealth, skyscrapers that go as far as the eye can see, and over the top luxury experiences. For those more adventurous, the city of Doha, Qatar is a place that has all of these things but is the road less traveled.
  2. A last minute invitation to explore Doha came via Qatar Airways. Unfortunately, our passports had expired and we used Rush My Passport to get our passports in 24 hours (lucky!) and rushed to LAX where we were escorted to the Qatar's Business Lounge.
  3. We boarded the plane and were offered a glass of Drappier Rose Brut Champagne. This very well structured striking beverage has a warm satiny texture with a light spice.
  4. The seats on the airline were spacious and ultra comfortable. The menu was extensive and featured everything from smoked halibut to a traditional Arabic breakfast. Main courses included seared red snapper with saffron cream sauce to Arabic spiced chicken breast with oriental sauce.
  5. Our favorite item on the menu was the spicy clear broth with seafood by Nobu. Who knew you could order Nobu up in the air? It was served with enoki mushrooms, pak choy and nori. The broth was very hearty with a full-bodied flavor while the shrimp and scallops were distinctly divine.
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  7. The amenity kit came with plush black socks, an eye mask, and a tiny Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani Fragrance all packaged in a chic black Giorgio Armani bag.
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  9. Every passenger in business class is given Missoni pajamas. Each set of pajamas is plushly oversized. The 100% cotton fabric is soft to the touch and optimal for sleeping.
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  11. No flight would be complete without dessert: sweet lemon tart, fresh fruits and gourmet ice cream paired with sweet Tokaji wine from Hungary, the wine of kings and queens.
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  13. Qatar Airways Business Class has spectacular service. One could order from a long list of cocktails, fresh orange/ginger juice, spiced tomato juice, Macchiatos, lattes, and strawberry/banana smoothies. Their wine selection is specifically paired with each dish and their selection of spirits is extensive.
  14. For entertainment, Qatar Airways had the latest movies and numerous Academy Award-winning films.
  15. Upon arrrival at Hamad International Airport we were escorted directly to VIP services where we checked into the airport. Martha Stewart arrived in the lounge shortly after us.
  16. The Hamad International Airport was built in 2014. A $6.8 million dollar, 23-foot, 35,000-pound Teddy Bear sits in the center of it and was donated by a member of the Qatar royal family. The work of art was created by none other than Urs Fischer, a New York-based Swiss Artist. You might remember the Teddy Bear from when it was displayed in front of the Seagram Building on New York's Park Avenue.
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  18. Our hotel for the trip was the Grand Hyatt Doha, a stunning 5-star property with a variety of restaurants and a monumental lobby. Located in the West Bay Lagoon District, the property features amazing views of the Arabian Gulf and its own private beach. The ultra-luxurious hotel features 249 guest rooms and 91 private villas.
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  22. With high ceilings and a majestic staircase, the property is a favorite among celebrities, royals and world travelers alike.
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  24. As we arrived well-rested, we were whisked away to the 7th Annual Qatar International Food Festival at the Museum of Islamic Art. Held from March 22nd to 28th, the festival highlighted the country's top chefs and diverse cuisine with international culinary experts. The festivals featured Executive Chefs at practically every hotel in Doha along with cooking demonstrations by Martha Stewart.
  25. The most over the top experience (in true Qatar Airways fashion) was the Dinner in the Sky. 20 guests were hoisted by crane into the air to witness aerial views of the Museum of Islamic Art and Qatar International Food Festival. The view was panoramic.