FILE- In this May 14, 2010 file photo, a Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. A Dutch woman held in Qatar for nearly three months after telling police she had been raped was released Monday after receiving a 1-year suspended prison sentence, a Dutch diplomat said Monday. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
The Doha, Qatar, skyline almost doesn't seem real, looking a bit like a stage set for a film taking place many years in the future. While the architecture looks a bit strange, it is quite beautiful at night, with changing colored lights dotting each building, writes Lea Hutchins, who blogs on travel for The Washington Times.
Traveling in Qatar: This small country can be traversed in a matter of hours, heading out into the desert for the requisite camel ride or even to beach resorts overlooking the Saudi Arabian mountains, writes Lea Hutchins, who blogs on travel for The Washington Times.
** FILE ** In this Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, shakes hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, right, as the then Emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, looks on after signing an agreement in Doha, Qatar. The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf state wields its influence over a militant group with few friends left. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, March 27, 2014, file photo, Matthew, left, and Grace Huang, an American couple charged with starving to death their 8-year-old adopted daughter, speak to the press outside a courthouse before their trial in Doha, Qatar. A lawyer for an American couple sentenced to jail in Qatar over charges they starved their 8-year-old adopted daughter to death said Tuesday, April 29, 2014, their defense team will keep pursuing efforts to allow the family to leave the Gulf nation while their case is appealed. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal, File)
Matthew Huang, an American charged along with his wife with starving to death their 8-year-old adopted daughter, gets into a car after speaking to reporters outside a courthouse for their trial in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, March 27, 2014. The couple was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison, leaving the family “confused” and “shocked” according to defense lawyers who say the judge did not specify what they were guilty of. Judge Abdullah El-Emedy ordered the Huangs deported from Qatar after serving their three-year sentence. He also imposed a fine of 15,000 Qatari Rials, which is about $4,100. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)