Bad review – Budget Car Rentals (Doha)

I’ve rented a number of cars from a number of companies, Budget is the first one I have come across that has this policy.

I rented a car on the 21st May on a 1750QAR monthly rate, returned it on the 2nd September. All other companies have worked out the remainder days (12 days in this case), divided by 30 days (in a month) and then multiplied by my monthly rate.

Not Budget, Budget works out how many weeks are in the remainder and gives me the weekly rate, then in the new remainder works out how many days are in this new remainder and gives me the daily rate.

So for my loyalty renting a car on a monthly rate for over three months they then charge me daily rates just because you return it not on the even month.
Budget, you have lost my business.

Here are other car rental companies that I have used and are happy to divide any remainder by the monthly rate;
Thrifty
Europcar
Petra Rent a Car (Doha)
Sixt

Bad Review – Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha, Istanbul

Recently back from a very enjoyable holiday in Turkey with one bad experience, the Sufi Whirling Dervishes Ceremony at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre.

What ruined our experience? All being prohibited from taken photos during the event. Firstly, we realise Sufi Whirling is a spiritual ceremony and photographing the event may even be considered blasphemous, but you have to remember this is advertised to tourists, and for a hefty price of fifty Turkish Lira.

Now why would you go to a Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and then complain about it knowing you couldn’t take photos? That’s the whole point, we didn’t, on none of their brochures did it at all indicate photography would be prohibited, in fact it seemed to encourage it.

The list of rules on the pamphlet, no mention of photography
The list of rules on the pamphlet, no mention of photography

Inside the pamphlet, guests taking photos of the Whirling Dervishes
Inside the pamphlet, guests taking photos of the Whirling Dervishes

Inside the pamphlet, guests taking photos of the Whirling Dervishes
Inside the pamphlet, guests taking photos of the Whirling Dervishes

The no photography sign on the night
The no photography sign on the night

So what are some alternatives to Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha that allow photographs?
Sufi Music Concert and Whirling Dervish Ceremony
Sirkeci Train Station Hall, Istanbul
Tuesday and Saturday 7:30pm
40 Turkish Liras

Whirling Dervish Ceremony
Silivrikapis, Istanbul
Thursday 9pm and Sundays 5pm
60 Turkish Liras

Sufi Music Concert and Whirling Dervish Ceremony
Press Museum, Cemberlitas, Istanbul
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 7:30pm
35 Turkish Liras