Qatar's Doha by Bike

By Susan Hack - 2013-04-12T20:19:21Z

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Belgian Waffle

I later wiped out my negative calorie balance with a Belgian waffle at Chac'late, a Qatari-owned boutique café at the Katara Cultural Village that also makes chocolate bars with regional ingredients such as pistachios, saffron, and rose water. As part of a government initiative to encourage citizens to watch their calories, the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar has launched a smartphone app in Arabic and English called Sahtak Awalan, or "Your Health First," a calorie counter whose vast data base of consumables includes many typical Arabic dishes. If you eat too much junk food or if your calorie count exceeds the recommended intake, the app politely warns you how much you'll weigh if you keep up the bad habits and suggests healthier choices for your next meal.

Travelers who exercise should consider the Sharq Village and Spa resort, which loans bikes to guests; the St. Regis Doha, which has an outdoor full Olympic-sized pool; and the Ritz-Carlton West Bay, whose health club features a large indoor lap pool and squash courts.

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