RFI (basic) re Middle East stopover

To: Tom Wilson <>
Subject: RFI (basic) re Middle East stopover
From: Wendy Cayless <>
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 10:40:04 +0000
March is migration period.  Should be good birding.

I've only birded in Qatar. The best place to bird is Irkhayya Farm but you
will need a local to take you there.  It's about an hour's drive from the
airport.  There is a Qatar Birding List (not sure how active it still is)
or the Qatar Natural History Group which could put you in touch with a
local birder.  let me know if you choose Qatar and I can link you up.

(lived in Qatar 2013-2016)

On Sat, Oct 7, 2017 at 6:48 PM, Tom Wilson <>

> Hi all
> I will be travelling back to the UK for a family event in March 2018 and,
> based on current offers, it looks like one of the three Middle East
> carriers is going to get the honour of flying me there and back.  I think I
> can possibly arrange a short stop in the relevant hub with no or very
> little extra cost, so my basic RFI question is, which of these three stops
> would be recommended as a place to stop for a 24-36 hour or so stopover for
> birding – Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha?  I’m thinking about ease of access to
> sites and the like.
> I’ll be doing some scouring of the internet, including the b-aus archives
> to check out sites, guides, birding pals etc as well.
> Cheers
> Tom Wilson
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