We leave Houston at 6:30 PM for the 15 hour flight to Dubai on Emirates Airways
It's been a short night. We greet sunrise over the Atlantic.
The sun is still below the clouds.
The clouds finally part to reveal Austria's mountains.
We reach the Black Sea at the Bulgarian port of Varna
Turkey's mountains are rugged and beautiful.
The reservoir behind Turkey's Ataturk Dam
Mt. Suphan, on the edge of Turkey's Lake Van. Mt. Ararat in background.
Mt. Ararat (16,854 ft.) with Little Ararat on the right.
A landmark in the Caspian Sea
Mountains of Kermanshah Province, Iran
A Swissair jet below us over Iran
A flood control dam in Kermanshah Province
We land in Dubai, alongside its huge air terminal.
Part of the Dubia Air Terminal
Leaving Dubai. We see the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalif, through the haze.
Doha. This is the Emir's private air terminal -- not for us.
Headed for the hotel -- passing the iconic Doha skyline.
Next day, some Doha architecture.
The QIPCO Tornado Tower. This is what we call a hyperboloid structure.
The Wogod Tower
A water ski race in the harbor
We visit the Museum of Islamic Art.
Step fountain leading to the Museum
The Museum of Islamic Art
Aldona and Balraj Sehgal with the Museum guard
The central hall of the Museum is very dramatic.
The Museum lunch area
Museum ceiling design
Glass hanging lamp
13th century Cavour glass vase
Armored horse and rider. Ca. 1500 AD
Detail of stirrup and link chain
Powder flask and dagger
Elaborately jeweled bird
Man and woman on tapestry
Planispheric astrolabe, 985 AD
Another view of the Museum's stairwell under its huge circular chandelier.
Palm tree-lined walk leading away from Museum.
Cultural center mosque from Museum
It's a very clear night. The moon stands out in strong relief.