Welcome to Steve's Qatar Blog!

Trip Start Jun 17, 2010
Trip End Jun 16, 2011

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Flag of Qatar  , Ar Rayyān,
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Friends, Family, and Strangers, welcome to Steve’s Qatar Blog!  This blog will document my year in Qatar.  In case you don’t know, in April CH2M Hill (where I’ve been working for the last several years) offered me the opportunity to come over here and work with the US Air Force on the Al Udeid Air Base.  There are about 18 people from CH here, half of us helping out with design, and half helping with construction.  We’re doing a wide range of projects for base improvements, things like canopies to provide shade for aircraft during maintenance, light poles, latrines, and other fascinating and glamorous projects like that. So far, it’s not so bad.  More on what I do in a future post.

Al Udeid is a Qatari military facility about 20 km west of Doha, the only major city in Qatar.  I don’t know what the actual agreement is, but the Qatari government allows the US and several other nations’ forces to reside here too.  There are Brits, Aussies, and French forces here, and maybe some others I haven’t identified.  Plus lots of civilian contractors, of which I am one.
I’ve been here for over a week now, since June 18, and I’m just finally getting some time to start this blog.  I have lots of ideas for topics, so hopefully you’ll find this an entertaining way to keep up to date on all of my fabulous adventures.  Future topics include: Tour of Doha, A Typical Day at Work, Where I Live, Rest and Relaxation, The Souk (the traditional street market), Running, What’s for Dinner, Persian Carpets, Camel Racing, and many many more!  If you have any comments or questions, please post them.  That will help motivate me post more and provide a way to interact with you.  And also feel free to share the link to this blog with anybody else you know who might be interested. 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you and posting more!  In the meantime, here are some pics to whet your appetite.
[1] Over here, we pronounce Qatar “Kha-TAR.” They told me before I left to pronounce it “Cutter,” but nobody does that.
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Amy AL-Khalisi on

Ha! I'm the first comment :o)

Markiemo on

Ha! Good stuff, Steve.
Looking forward to doing a virtual tour with you.

Tim on

What a fun way to follow your Middle Eastern adventure! Question for you - when you ran in that park, did you see any other runners out there? Or assuming you've done other running there, have you run into any other runners? Keep up the great blogging, have fun but be safe!

Fidel on

Thanks for the correct pronunciation of Qatar. Are the natives asking about the Lizard shirt?

stevetrautwein on

Yeehaw! Comments!

There were a few other people "running" around the park, but they were doing the walk-jog-walk thing. Nobody serious. The only other running I've done so far is on the treadmill. There are lots of people running on base, before 7am usually, but I haven't done that yet. They have a 10k fun run at 5am on July 26, and I'm going to do that one. Time to start training!

Matt T. on

Glad you have arrived safely. In addition to the usual adventures, post some photos of your interesting and memorable meals, MREs included. I would love to see some shots of a roasted camel feast, start to finish, with Steve picking the last tastey morsels off the ribs of a camel carcass. :-)

Kurt on

You should win the award for the furthest TRL shirt from home picture! You look like the only person in shorts and t-shirt though. Maybe you can find a Thawb that fits and iron on a lizard for your 10K.

We need some pictures of the AF Base and office space.

stevetrautwein on

Pics of the office coming before too long. And what the heck is a Thwab???

kurt on

That's what google told me was the name of the robe everyone was wearing in the background.

CK on

Hey there! I was working on the Latrines project at AUAB back in 2007 as sub-contractors and after a few months of work, we were told to stop the project as another contractor was taking charge. Now I moved to Canada and I keep wondering what happened to those Latrines!!! LOL! Keep me updated and post some photos of the new latrines, interior and exterior if possible!

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