Don’t we all love a journey down memory lane? The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team brings to you a bunch of reminiscent childhood memories from the 90s in Qatar to be re-lived and cherished.
Many more memories can be found in our throwback article. Check it out here: 15 memories a 90's kid in Qatar can relate to [PART 1]
One of the most structurally distinct restaurants of the time was the Al Bandar Restaurant which was an outward protruding dhow shaped restaurant located along the Corniche near the currently situated Sharq Village & Spa. This restaurant was always a delight to go to as it was much loved for its food and was also photo worthy.
A spot (Costa Coffee-Corniche) which is now loved by coffee lovers looking for a view and a work-friendly environment was once a junk-food lover's destination. A cafeteria serving fresh juices, snacks and the good old “chicken burger mix” was always populated with families and hyper children who built a hunger after all the hours of play at the Corniche.
If one has studied in Qatar, the classic “Qatar” notebook with the Qatar map on the back is something that school children must have used at least once during their schooling days.
There was nothing that compared to the happiness of a kid enjoying an ice lolly mid-summer in Qatar. A hype at the time was the ice lollies in plastic tubes that was an after school treat. If by chance this was to melt, it would become a make-shift beverage too. Who else is guilty of biting on the twist top cover to open it up? The Baboo ice lolly was a joy on its own as well.
Candies are every child's joy, but a craze for the cheapest lollipops at the neighbourhood grocery stores (Baqalah) was popular at the time. A blue paint-brush shaped lollipop staining your tongue blue or the strawberry flavoured heart; are the favourites that the current day adults from the 90s still love.
You would identify the mischievousness of a 90s kid in Doha when they randomly pulled out a little firecracker like Pop Pop that would create a mini-explosion when flicked on the ground. To date, it is an object of no rational but pure thrill that every kid was guilty of at least once.
Do you remember the Nido colour box sets that used to come as a complimentary goodie with Nido milk powder? A complete set which had water paints, crayons, chalk and markers was every artsy child’s dream at the time.
The now widely appreciated structure of the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) was previously known as Qatar National Museum which was a field trip favourite for school students in the 90s. Behind the simplistic fort-like structure were fascinating memorable museum finds, inclusive of the classic Qatari traditional princess bed.
The furthest of a weekend beach picnic get-away at the time was the old Wakrah Beach. A vast untouched open beach unlike its current facilities that seemed to be hours away was a destination of beach thrill.
If there was ever a buffet that every 90s kid would miss from the food world of Doha, it would be the wholesome and hearty international buffet at Caravan Restaurant. Be it Eid, a private occasion or a family gathering; this was the buffet of its time. Does anybody else remember the whole Turkey that would sit at the corner of the buffet being sliced on plates by their chef?
An experience which is now in fading demand and mostly opted for tourist entertainment was a weekend hype in the 90s. Kids and teenagers of the time would await a journey of fresh air, splattering water and a little dance to the music that was played aboard.
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