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Top 5 Beaches in Qatar
Nestled on the Western side of the Persian Gulf, Qatar is home to over 560km of sandy coastline.
The country is often referred to as the Pearl of the Middle East thanks to their extensive pearl diving sites, which are still a popular tourist excursion today.
So whether you want to relax and sunbathe on golden sands or exercise your thrill-seeking side with a jeep ride or sand skiing, check out the best beaches in the country of Qatar.
Ideal for the camper in all of us, this cute inlet can be found 80km North of Doha city. Al Ghariya beach was once used as a desert camp for the country’s scouting movement but is now awash with travelling campers. The site features all the standard weekend camping amenities with a full beach resort slightly north of the site. There is also shallow water at the nearby beaches; ideal for families with young children.
There is so much more to Qatar’s Fuwairit beach than gently lapping waves and bright yellow beaches. From the roadside, visitors will encounter the Gruyere cheese-shaped jebel ; aka eroded hills. Constant water erosion from years of forceful wave power has created very strange rock formations which are ideal for sitting on and watching the world go by. Past the jebel, the sandy beach is dotted with open coves if you’re feeling adventurous.
Khor Al Adaid
If you fancy taking a walk on the wild side, Khor Al Adaid (locally known are the Inland Sea) is the place to be. Surrounded by mountainous sand dunes and various mini pools, the area is one of Qatar’s most visited tourist attractions. As the lake bridging Qatar to Saudi Arabia, it is beautiful and vast, yet very shallow; an ideal place for experienced jeep drivers to go exploring (or you can join a jeep tour). Many Doha tour operators offer both daytrips and overnight camps with bonfires, barbecues and local entertainment. Camel rides and sand ski experiences can be booked here too although you’ll need cash as opposed to a credit/debit card.
Ras Abrouq is around 70km west of Doha and a great day trip if you want to ride a camel! The road to the coastline passes Qatar’s wild deer reserve which was set-up by the Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves. The ‘deserted village’ prior to the shore was actually built as a film set too!
Sealine Beach Resort
To enjoy the fun of the beach from the comfort of your own hotel, stay at the Sealine Beach Resort. If you get bored of seawater, head to either of the hotels freshwater swimming pools before staying in your private villa or chalet. The staff provide on-site water sports activities to keep everyone entertained and you can hire beach and dune buggies if you fancy exploring further afield too.
Wherever you end up going in Qatar, I’m sure you’ll have a blast. It’s wonderful that this pearl of the Middle East is really starting to be appreciated for its beauty and luxury. Happy travels.