It's been six weeks now, and I am still amazed at this trip and the great times we had. Using UA miles, prior to the discontinuance of their partnership with Qatar Airways, I booked Air Canada Biz SFO-Montreal, then Qatar Airways Biz YUL-Doha for M and me, and a three night sleepover at the Sheraton Doha in Qatar, instead of the "W" hotel we stayed at last time. We took QR Doha-Johannesburg, connecting to a South African Airlink flight to Nelspruit in northeastern South Africa, then a road transfer to Ulusaba, Sir Richard Branson's private game lodges. Return was a bush flight back to JNB, three nights there, and QR in reverse back to JFK, and UA JFK- SFO. Air Canada was pleasant from SFO- Montreal, good food, good business class seating; however the Qatar Airways 777ER in Business was again superb, with even better service than we had last time between Washington and Doha. Meals were amazing, staff caring, and the whole experience superior. Got a good seven hour sleep after dinner, waking to breakfast and a couple hours of music prior to landing with their AVOD system. Doha arrival was a breeze for Biz passengers, out in a taxi and on our way to the Sheraton in a few minutes. No luck on the Starwood Preferred Guest suite upgrade I applied for a few months ago, but when we arrived we got a comped suite anyway! So great news and no upgrade nights burned-- we had a real living room/conference room, bedroom and a great large bathroom. View was over the sea and pool, and more modern construction to the east. The Sheraton is a peculiar "pyramid" design, reminiscent of Hyatts from the 80s, on the Corniche deep in the new business district full of high rises and signature buildings; however, as opposed to the W, this means a good walk along the Corniche is possible at night (remember we were here in May, so daytime temps were high. Nighttime was only a little warm.). We walked to a nice restaurant, about a mile, one evening, looking at dhows (Arabian boats) decked out for excursions on the bay, and enjoying Qatari families on the promenade. Uploaded with ImageShack.us On another day, we went Dune Bashing, heading out with a driver to the Southern Qatari desert in a 4-wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser, and enjoyed some amazing climbs, descents, and the view of the Saudi mountains across from the peninsula of Qatar. That night, we ate in one of the restaurants at The Pearl-Qatar, a total upscale mall development a couple minutes' taxi ride from the Sheraton. Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food is the order of the day, naturally, with no alcohol but amazing cider. Really didn't miss my wine, and the hummus and other sides were amazing. Skipped the museums to return to the Souk again on the third day, and caught the locals shopping before they closed for midday, when we took a taxi to Katara, which is an ersatz Qatari village, newly constructed, with a huge and beautiful amphitheater, multiple restaurants (including a super fish market where you can have things prepared just as you wish---- we couldn't get in without a reservation, fully committed--- with the most gorgeous display of seafood imaginable.) The old Souk. The history of Qatar is as a pearl-diving and fishing place--- and while Katara really doesn't do this believably (it's too glitzy), the souk is a great remainder of old Doha, and even one remaining pearl diver's store remains. He is a sweet man, very welcoming in his store. Our last shopping stop was at the Central City mall, where we ducked in when it rained (??!!), something we were assured never happens.... In all, a nice intermediate stopover. We were ready to go after three nights, with the prospect of Virgin Atlantic chief Richard Branson's Ulusaba tomorrow. Link to my prior Qatar visit are deeper down in milepoint.