A seaside idyll? on Flickr.
The Corniche at Al Khor, roughly 40km north of Doha. It has a lot of unrealised potential as a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. At first sight this is a rather tranquil, appealling seaside scene. However, it represented to me a scene of decay and abandonment. An unattractive concrete wall separates the sea from the beach. The beach itself is of low quality, compacted sand. The beach area is edged by badly crumbling concrete walls and planters. The one redeeming feature - in the upper right of the picture are the mangroves, currently home to some migratory flamingoes. Overall, a bit of a disappointment, but perhaps an opportunity for a photography project on urban decay! I suspect that I won’t be getting a job with the Qatar Tourist Authority any time soon