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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Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Its mission is to spread knowledge, nurture imagination,cultivate creativity, and preserve Qatar’s heritage for the future.

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QNL’s 45,000 square meters state-of-the-art library building was opened to the public last November 7, 2017. It was designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Currently it has around one million books in its collections, more than 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections.

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Aside from its cutting-edge technology, Qatar National Library also have its famed Heritage Collection and facilities for individual and group study and research and a specially designed restaurant, a cafe and a special events area.

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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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Katara Cultural Village | Doha, Qatar

Located on the eastern Coast between West Bay and The Pearl, the cultural village of Katara was opened in 2010. It is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar made possible by the leadership of HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir of the State of Qatar.

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Katara is a cultural beacon radiating in the Middle East through theatre, literature, music, visual art, conventions and exhibitions.

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Many Qatari organisations have their offices in Katara. These include the Qatari Society for Engineers, Qatar Fine Arts Society, Visual Art Centre, Qatar Photographic Society, Childhood Cultural Centre, Theatre Society and Qatar Music Academy.

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Did you know that?

Since the year 150 AD, “Catara” was the first and most ancient name designated for Qatar Peninsula in geographic and historical maps.

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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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Naga City | Camarines Sur

Naga City in Camarines Sur is known as the “Queen City of Bicol”. It is also called “Heart of Bicol” due to its central location in the Bicol Peninsula and “Pilgrim City” as it is home to the largest Marian pilgrimage in Asia.

Established in 1575, the city then named Ciudad de Nueva Cáceres (New Cáceres City), earned its status as the third Spanish Royal City in the Spanish East Indies after Iloilo and Manila.

Tourists can visit the popular Mount Isarog, Malabsay and Nabontolan Falls, Naga City Ecological Park and numerous hot springs and resorts. Aside from the natural attractions, numerous churches and monasteries, and historical landmarks can also be found within the city.

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Naga Metroolitan Cathedral. Biggest church in Bicol Region which was built from 1816 to 1831
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Holy Rosary Minor Seminary. The center of ecclesiastical education of Bicol Region which was built in 1785.

 

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Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Penafrancia. Built in 1985, the Basilica Minore was constructed as the new home of the miraculous image of the Patroness of Bicolandia.
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Ateneo de Naga University. The Jesuit university in Bicol.
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Unibersidad de Santa Isabel. The first college for women in the Orient.
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San Francisco Church. Established in 1578, it is the first church in the Bicol Region built by the Franciscan Friars.
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Quince Martires Monument. The monument was built to honor the 15 martyrs of Bicol during the Spanish Regime.

 

 

How to go to Naga, Camarines Sur?

From Manila, you can travel by land and take the 9-10 hours bus ride bound for Naga (Superlines, DLTBCo or PhilTranco). Naga is approximately 2 hours away from Daet in Camarines Norte and also 2 hours away from Legazpi City in Albay.

 

Featured Photo: Porta Mariae which was inaugurated on September 10, 2010 in celebration of the 300th year of devotion to the Virgin Mary.

 

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White Island | CAMIGUIN

White Island is one of the two islands of Camiguin which attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is located just few kilometers off the coast of Mambadjao. The horseshoe shaped island is an uninhabited white sandbar.

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White Island sandbar

There are no trees or shelter of any kind within the island. It is composed solely of white sands surrounded by clear waters. The jump off going to the island is in Barangay Agoho in Mambajao town. Small boats can be hired at 450pesos back-and-forth. First trip going to the White Island is around 5:30 AM while boats are only allowed in White Island until 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM.

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Typical boat going to the island
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New acquaintance from the trip
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View of Mount Hibok-hibok from White Island

More about Camiguin? Read  Travel Guide | CAMIGUIN ISLAND, PHILIPPINES

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