Qatar’s Own Hollywood: Film City

Film city

With my recent trip to Qatar fast-approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about my previous travels to the region. About how they will look now, whether they are even still there, and anticipation of the new sites I will visit soon. One of the sites that stuck out for me than others was my trip to Film City; it had all the elements of an adventure. Crossing a beautiful but barren canyon, archaeological remnants, rare animals, and a beautiful city that lay hidden in the desert- what more could you ask for?  Find out more about my trip below, an excerpt from a feature I wrote for Vagabondish magazine:

California is not the only place to see film stars and movie sets these days. Qatar has its own piece of Hollywood set in the most unlikely of places. Deep in the desert of the Zekreet peninsula, hidden behind a canyon, lays Film City, one of Qatar’s truly bizarre sites!

As we travelled along a dirt path through a national park housing those elusive ostrich and oryx, the environment gently morphed into something altogether different. The brown pebbly surface of the desert transformed into a pale cream sand, with the waves of the Zekreet Peninsula shoreline twinkling in the backdrop. What was most remarkable however, were the series of ridges we now drove through, forming a miniature canyon.

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