Along with nine other people, I made a trip to downtown Doha today, which was the first time I'd been since 2003. It's changed quite a bit, as the Qatari economy has grown considerably. Our mission was to find new vendors for parts, but I wasn't too lucky. I was looking for water heaters and adapters from PEX pipe to PVC. Unfortunately, none of the places we visited had anything I needed, leaving my options to whatever I can find online.
On the way back to base, we stopped at the new mall downtown for lunch. It's called the Vellagio, and it looks exactly like the Canal Shops inside The Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, which is a really bad replica of Venice. I couldn't decide which place I missed more--Italy or Vegas. To boot, we ate at the Macaroni Grill. Oh, the coincidental irony...or possibly the ironic coincidence...?