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Day 01: 12 Nov 2012
KL– DOHA – MADRID
Our group of 18 gathered in KLIA 3 hours before departure time. The Qatar Airline flight to Doha was at 0330. Once we arrived at Doha International Airport we were transported by bus to the short transit lounge for onward flight to Madrid.
At Madrid International Airport, we were met by our ground tour agent and immediately started our city tour of Madrid, which is claimed to be the highest town in Europe. Among places visited were the Plaza de Espana and the Royal Palace. Plaza de España is a large square, and a popular tourist destination, located in central Madrid, It features a monument to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. It is bordered by two of Madrid's most prominent skyscrapers. The Palacio Real or the Royal Palace is a short walk south from the plaza.
The Palacio Real de Madrid or the Royal Palace is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family and it is only used for state ceremonies. The palace is owned by the Spanish State and administered by the public agency of the Ministry of the Presidency. The palace is located in the Western part of downtown Madrid, east of the Manzanares River. The palace is partially open to public, except when it is being used for official business.
Later, we had ample time to visit the famous Riel Madrid Stadium also known as the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and managed to have photo shots from the outside. The stadium is an all-seater football stadium and has a current capacity of 85,500 spectators.
The bus drove us to the Grand Mosque of Madrid for solat Zohor and Asar. The Grand Mosque is the Centre of Cultural Islamico De Madrid popularly known as the Mezquita M.30 because it stands beside the motorway. It is also the largest mosque in Europe. The mosque complex was designed by three Polish architects and financed by Saudi Arabia. The mosque is mostly modern in design, but with traditional elements such as a minaret with balcony. Made of fine white marble, it includes a college, ritual bath house, gymnasium, and an Arabian restaurant called Zahara where we had a light dinner of Spanish version of ‘roti canai’.
The bus fetched us at 1830 and we checked in for the night at Praga Hotel Madrid.