Qatar Accommodation Area Guide
by Fiona Murray
Salwa Road / Abu Hamour (Market area)
Abu Hamour and the surrounding areas have seen a huge amount of development in the last couple of years with lots of new compounds, smooth roads and some useful shops added in the equivalent of its village square Abu Hamour petrol station.
Who Lives Here?
It's a good choice for families with so many new compounds and it's within easy reach (jams permitting) of some of Doha's biggest schools Park House, Doha College and the American School.
Where Can I eat?
Abu Hamour is short on sit-in restaurants, but there are some great take away places at Abu Hammour petrol station including Sbarro Pizza and Krispy Kreme. However, Salwa Road is heaving with a wide variety of good restaurants from great sushi at Neo to sizzling chicken at Nando's
Can I Shop Till I Drop?
Certainly, and without having to set foot in a mall. . . the aforementioned Abu Hamour petrol station has a couple of good bakeries including Doha's best Bateel and Patisserie Suisse, a greengrocer's shop, opticians etc etc.
Nearby are the fish and fruit and veg' markets which have a vast range of very fresh produce and men with wheelbarrows to carry it for you.
And Salwa Rd, while not the easiest place to navigate, having to come off and on slip roads all the time, has just about every shop from kitchen equipment stores to small supermarkets and the very nice Apollo furniture shop.
Where's the Fun?
Sorry, I'm stumped! There are no cinemas, parks or play places. The rugby club is close by, though, and you can have a drink, swim participate in the active social programme and of course play rubgby.
Leave a comment if you think I am missing something!