Once we left the city's environs, there were wide boulevards with no expense spared for the attractive landscaping even in the desert heat
We passed a mammoth petroleum factory but Mohammed said no pictures were allowed to be taken of it even though it was more than a half a mile away. He explained that the factory's workforce was made up of people from all over the world as there were only about 300,000 Qataris in a population of over 1.5 million people.
We knew we were getting close to our destination when we could see so many tire tracks in the sand dunes. That got us excited.
Mohammed explained that many Qataris come out to the desert from Doha on the weekends and spend time in their trailers. Think of it as having a cabin in the mountains to get away from it all, Qatari style!
This Bedouin camp was where all rides into the desert started from.
Of course, no Bedouin camp is complete without camels. We could have taken a camel ride but, having taken one with a rather drunken Arab man escorting the camels on another trip, we gave it a pass this go around.