Museum of Islamic Art | Doha, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is located on an artificial peninsula overlooking the south end of Doha Bay occupying a total area of 45,000 m2. It was officially opened on November 22, 2008 by the then Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad and was opened to the general public on December 8, 2008.

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The 5-story museum was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, architect of the controversial glass-and-steel pyramid for the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

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MIA is the first of its kind to feature over 14 centuries of Islamic art in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. It represents Islamic art from three continents over 1,400 years. Its collection includes metal work, ceramics, jewelry, wood work, textiles and glass obtained from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century. It is one of the world’s most complete collections of Islamic artifacts, with items originating in Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Central Asia.

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Inside the museum are temporary and permanent galleries, a gift shop, a library, a cafe, a 200-seat theater, classrooms and a restaurant.

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External facilities that form part of the crescent shaped MIA park include walking tracks, cycling tracks, a carousel, cafes, rest rooms and boat rentals.

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The museum is part of Qatar Museums Authority. Admission to the museum and park are free. The museum is open daily from 9:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday to Thursday and 1:30pm to 7:00pm during Friday. The park is open 24 hours to cater the residents of the Doha City.

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Sunrise in Sealine Beach | Mesaeeid

Sealine beach is located in Mesaieed, Al Wakra, Qatar. It is about an hour and a half south of Doha.

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In addition to catching the magnificent sunrise at the beach, visitors can go swimming in the sea, dune bashing or take a camel ride. Tourists can also bring tents and stuff and spend overnight at the beach or do a short trip from 5am to 9am to catch the sunrise.

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*Aside from the public beach, one can opt to stay at the private beach, Murwab Resort. The resort is an ideal location for business meetings and events, with comprehensive leisure facilities.

 

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Doha City Skyline | Qatar

Qatar’s construction industry has built some of the most unique buildings in the Gulf region. Five of the six tallest buildings are in the country’s capital, Doha City.

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Located within the stretch of the Doha City’s Westbay area, these lofty skyscrapers were designed by the world’s finest architects. These includes the Burj Doha and Qatar World Trade Center.

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A boat ride at the Doha Bay traveling near the Doha Corniche will lead you to the iconic part of the Doha Skyline.

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Souq Waqif |Doha

Souq Waqif is located in Al Souq district which is situated at the center of Doha, Qatar. It is considered one of the best location for tourists within Qatar.

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The souq dates back at least a hundred years. It is known for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

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The souq is very popular with local and expats as it offers multiple dining locations.

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There are also pet stalls in Souq Waqif which sell variety of domestic pets including dogs, cats, rabits, turtles and birds.

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A selection of small and artistic shoos with a number of exhibition rooms can be found at the Souq Waqif Art Center. At night, the souq turns into a hive of activity for the residents of Doha City.

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Travel Guide | Marvelous Mariveles

 

Mariveles is located at the southern tip of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines.  The first class municipality which is divided into 18 barangays is about 173 kilometers from Manila.

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Early morning view from Mariveles Baywalk 

Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Mariveles

  • Founded by a Franciscan Friar in 1578
  • Originally part of Pampanga but declared its independence though The Superior Decree of July 1754
  •  It is the starting point of the famous “Bataan Death March” on April 9, 1942.
  • The first free trade zone in the Philippines was established in its town which was passed in Congress on June 21, 1969
  • Derived its name from ““Maraming Dilis” shortened to Mara-dilis and into Mariveles

Aside from its huge industrial complex of the Freeport Area of Bataan, its Mariveles Baywalk and its historical landmarks which include the Zero Kilometer Marker of Death March and the 1729 Parish Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentine, Mariveles prides itself of having the following wonderful natural attractions tourists can explore:

  • Mount Mariveles

The dormant volcano which lies at the southern end of the Zambalez Mountains in the Bataaan Peninsula, west of Manila Bay. Three peaks familiar to the mountaineering community namely:

  1. Tarak Ridge – most well-known destination on Mount Mariveles with its jump-off point situated at Barangay Alas-sin, Mariveles.
  2. Pantingan or Banayan Peak – can be accessed through Sitio Duhat, Saysain in the town of Bagac.
  3. Mariveles Ridge – jump-off area at Sitio Parca, Mariveles.
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Mount Mariveles as seen from Manila Bay

  • Five Fingers and the other coves

The finger-shaped west side of Mariveles, Bataan where the Japanese troops landed before the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942. Five-fingers actually comprises six coves namely Talaga, Apatol, Nagbayog, Kinalalakhan, Kutad and Panoypoy. Three more coves follow Panoypoy along the coastline of Mariveles namely Talain, Lusong and Wain where Camaya Coast is situated. One can either trek or ride a boat doing cove to cove exploration.

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Panoynoy Cove, a jeepney ride from Poblacion Mariveles to Porto Circle in Barangay Balon plus merely 20-minute trek

 

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Hawla Beach, nearby beach from Panoypoy Cove
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Talain Cove in Barangay Biaan, a 30-minute trek from Panoypoy Cove in Barangay Balon 
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Talain Falls, an hour and a half of gruelling trek to its destination
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Creamy fine sand of Lusong Beach, a 30-minute boat ride from the shore of Barangay Biaan
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Lower level of Lusong Falls which can be reached within 30 minutes of trekking

  • Sisiman

Just few minutes away from the Poblacion area, Barangay Sisiman shares its own picturesque view of its environment. Points of interest include Sisiman Beach, Sisiman View Deck, San Miguel Rock, San Miguel Lighthouse and the Sisiman Groto.

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View of the bay and the San Miguel Rock at Sisiman View Deck
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The stunning 700 feet high San Miguel Rock mountain

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Sisiman Groto

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San Miguel Lighthouse

Where to eat and stay in Mariveles, Bataan? 

For budget conscious travelers, there are cheap restaurants, resorts and hotels around Mariveles. For more information, you can check http://marivelesbataan.gov.ph/placestostay and http://marivelesbataan.gov.ph/reasortsandrestaurants

How to go to Mariveles, Bataan?

Mariveles, Bataan is three and a half hours away from Manila by car. You can take either the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (STEX). By bus, there are daily trips going to Mariveles in Cubao, Pasay and Manila.

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TheTraveLad at Panoypoy Cove

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Bagasbas Beach | Daet, Camarines Norte

The long stretch beach of Bagasbas in Daet, Camarines Norte is a famous surfing and kite boarding spot. The Philippine Department of Tourism turned it into a local accredited surfing spot because of the attention it garnered from the local surfing community.

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Early surfers of Bagasbas Beach
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Sun about to rise at Bagasbas Beach

Fine grey sand stretches over Bagasbas Beach with waves of three feet up to eight feet. Best waves come in September to January. Beach is free, food is good and accommodations are cheap.

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View of sunrise at Bagasbas Beach
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Daily morning exercise of Bagasbas residents at the beach
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Volleyball court setting up by beach goers

How to get to Bagasbas Beach?

Take the 8-hour bus ride bound for Daet (Superlines, DLTBCo., or PhilTranco) and get off at Daet town proper or Centro. From Centro, take a tricycle to Bagasbas Beach.

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Travel Guide | Daet, Camarines Norte

Daet is the capital of the province of Camarines Norte in the Philippines. It is known as the “Gateway to Bicolandia”.  It is a popular surfing spot among surfers worldwide. It is also home to the annual Daet International Aerosports Show.

Daet was derived from the Bicol word dai-daitan which means, close to each otherAccording to the first Bicol Spanish Dictionary Vocabulario dela Lengua Vicol authored by Fray Marcos de Lisboa, it means “to make friend” or “to be reconciled”. The municipality is rich in non-metallic mineral resources such as white clay.

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The provincial capitol of Camarines Norte in the town of Daet

Points of Interest

Most Holy Trinity Cathedral: Built and was inaugurated in 1984. It is also the cathedral of the Diocese of Daet.

Parroquia de San Juan Bautista: Established in 1611, it is one of the first church in Camarines Norte in the region built by the Franciscan Friars.

Oldest Rizal Monument: The first monument in honor of a Filipino hero, Dr. José Rizal which was unveiled on December 30, 1898.

Bagasbas Beach (Featured Image): Famous for its surfing and kite boarding spot with its long stretch of coastline.

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The 405-year old Paroquia de San Juan Bautista church
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First ever Rizal monument

How to go to Daet, Camarines Norte?

From Manila, you can travel by land and take the 8-hour bus ride bound for Daet (Superlines, DLTBCo or PhilTranco) and get off at Daet town proper.

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Some sweet delicacies in Daet

*For places to stay in Daet, many cheap hotels are within the town proper. You can ask for assistance to the municipal office which is just across the oldest Rizal Monument.

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