Following an incredible FIFA World Cup 2022™, your host country Qatar offers you amazing experiences – with new discoveries awaiting around every corner.
Al Janoub Stadium
AI Janoub Stadium lies in the southern city of Al Wakrah, one of Qatar’s oldest continuously inhabited areas. A city rich in history but with its sights set on a new horizon – the future of football. As the FIFA World Cup 2022™ plays out, the world will be invited into some of the most unique stadiums ever built for the beautiful game – AI Janoub Stadium sits firmly in that category.
Al Bayt Stadium
Al Bayt Stadium’s role as host for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ Opening Match was assured from its first design sketch. Qatar turned to the rich fabric of its culture to welcome the world – inviting guests to enjoy the traditional comfort custom has demanded in this region for centuries.
Lusail Stadium will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Final – an event that will secure its place in football and architectural history. Immense yet exquisite, the scale and splendour of this arena are a wonder, built to lie in harmony with its surroundings.
Khalifa International Stadium
Khalifa International Stadium has hosted a long list of momentous sporting events since its inauguration in 1976. In fact, rarely is football or athletics mentioned in Qatar without referring to this venue. Naturally, the stadium received a complete refit for the FIFA World Cup 2022™ as a reward for its long-standing service. On reopening in May 2017, it played host to the Amir Cup Final – the club football event close to the hearts of all Qataris.
Stadium 974 made history even before its first match. Constructed entirely from shipping containers and modular steel, it is the first fully demountable covered football stadium – showing Qatar’s commitment to cost-effective sustainability and daring design.
Education City Stadium
Education City Stadium is an extraordinary venue. It shines a brilliant light on Qatar’s position as a dynamic learning hub for students and academics across the Arab World and beyond. Its namesake location, Education City, is a vibrant centre of learning and knowledge. The arena is empowered by its neighbouring universities whose corridors buzz with new ideas and stories of cutting-edge research – expressing visionary talent and innovation.
Al Thumama Stadium
AI Thumama Stadium’s dynamic and imaginative shape celebrates local culture and traditions just as much as it does a new era for stadium design. This particular venue also has a significance that is close to the hearts of locals and resonates across the region.
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium
Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium stands proudly in Al Rayyan – one of Qatar’s most historic cities and home to the famous Al Rayyan SC. It is located right on the edge of the desert, the scene of many Qatari tales that live close to the hearts of the locals – a welcoming people who love their football as much as their fascinating past.
Enjoy fabulous food choices, from high-end to fast and affordable.
Aziziya Street is a bustling commercial area between Salwa Road and Al Waab Street – and home to some very popular restaurants and eateries. Check out Chinese, Egyptian, Lebanese, Qatari, Thai and Turkish, as well as more Western dishes. The offering includes healthy lifestyle choices for fitness-focused foodies.
Hotel brunches offer great deals, including all you can eat.
Get brunched at a high-class hotel and feast on a wide range of global cuisine. This is the thing to do among Doha’s expats – some even say an institution – on Friday (aka the weekend). Look around for deals and discounts for kids.
Discover great budget food from just about everywhere in the world.
It’s all about eats on Nasr Street: Arabic for sure, plus great Filipino places, alongside some of the best Turkish food in Qatar. Or do you fancy some spicy Tunisian fare? Tuck in, then wash it down with a healthy smoothie from one of many hip juice bars.
Duhail Night Market
If food trucks excite you, take an after dark pit stop here.
Duhail Night Market is about more than food trucks – street eats is a scene. Think hip American Airstream trailers and cute micro-vans each decorated in their own theme. On the menu you’ll find custom burgers, hotdogs, fries, Indian food, Thai desserts and the wildly popular Qatari cookies. Ride up and pull over.
Katara Cultural Village
Discover a vibrant area where creativity is expressed in many forms.
Qatar’s vision to become a beacon for art and culture in the Middle East is here: a hub for theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature and poetry – as well as conventions and exhibitions. People of all nations can come together here to connect and share cultures in harmony.
Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center
One of Doha’s most prominent landmarks, known locally as the “spiral mosque”.
You can find crash courses as well as extended educational programmes on various aspects of Qatari life and culture here – from the Arabic language to understanding Islam and the beautiful art of Arabic calligraphy. There is even the unique opportunity to attend the khutbah (Friday sermon) in English. Officials are more than happy to meet visitors before prayers to explain mosque etiquette.
Qatar National Library
The architecture is stunning, the facilities amazing and the collection expansive – providing access to over one million books. The Heritage Library within holds some of the rarest books, journals, maps, magazines, atlases and manuscripts in Arabic and various European languages. Also, a partnership with MIA enables the sharing of some of their library of over 15,000 of Islamic art books.
Katara Opera House
Home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
Over a relatively short period of time, the opera house has become a preferred hub for a chorus of the world’s leading artists and musicians. The grand interior has seating for 550 guests with sumptuous red chairs, ornamental balconies and a beautifully designed ceiling. You’ll find this venue located within the beautiful Katara Cultural Village.
Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra
A world class orchestra in the heart of Qatar.
Katara Opera House is their home but they play at a number of local venues throughout the year including Qatar National Convention Center, Qatar National Library and the Museum of Islamic Art. The 101-strong orchestra performs western and Arabic music - with around 40 different programmes per year. You can also see them abroad as they visit many iconic locations.
Doha Film Institute
Located within Katara Cultural Village is the Doha Film Institute, a national organisation dedicated to building film culture in Qatar. The institute champions emerging local talent and individuals from around the world, providing financial support and hands-on creative assistance. This can lead to international recognition for some of the best aspiring talents.
Richard Serra Sculptures
East-West/ West-East is a permanent art installation in the desert by sculptor Richard Serra.
A major attraction in Qatar, located 60km outside Doha in Brouq Nature Reserve, Zekreet. It comprises four towering steel sculptures spanning a full kilometre of desert. Each steel plate is over 14m tall. The result is spectacular, modern and timeless. Zekreet is also a great destination for the beach and camping trips.
Al Zubarah Fort
A perfectly restored fort overlooking ancient ruins.
A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest and best-preserved examples of an 18-19th century settlement in the region. You can learn all about its history and the archaeological work being carried out there at the exhibition inside. Why not combine some cultural history with your trip to nearby Lusail Stadium.
The seat of rule of the State of Qatar.
The Amiri Diwan is the ceremonial and administrative centre of the State. It is where His Highness The Amir attends to local and international affairs. For an insight into life inside, there’s an excellent website detailing the building’s history and current news concerning H.H. The Amir and the government. Although not open to the public, it’s well worth a drive by.
Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque
Qatar’s largest mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque.
Built on the original site of the mosque of Qatar’s founder Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani – in memory of his father who died when Sheikh Jassim was away on a military campaign in Qatar’s north. After dark, the sandstone building is illuminated by strategically placed lighting.
Dhow boat trips are a great way to take in the sights.
Dhows were originally used for fishing, pearl diving or to transport heavy goods, water and fruit. While some are still used for purposes beyond tourism, nowadays you can head to the Corniche to see plenty of dhow boats lined up ready to take you out on a leisurely trip. You’ll also find the dedicated harbour for guests en route to the fabulous Banana Island.
Falconry is a national obsession, cherished and deeply respected by all Qataris.
Falcons have been revered here for centuries – traditionally deployed by nomads to supplement their desert diet with meat. During the winter months, major hunts and races take place for prestige and pride. To see these regal birds up close, visit the Falcon Souq to find specialist shops with peregrines, lanners and sakers, and marvel at the pedigree of these magnificent creatures.
Losail International Circuit
Qatar’s stage for international and local motor racing events.
This circuit is awesome – catch an event and you’ll be mesmerised. There’s plenty going on between races too. The track is open to the public – you bring your own beast or drive the vehicles provided. There’s also a karting track. Try it out and maybe one day you’ll be racing with the pros.
Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club
Check out one of the best horse-training centres in the world.
The world has always turned to this region for its prized Arabian horses so any opportunity to visit Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club is fully rewarded. This incredible state-of-the-art complex is home to more than 700 of the finest Arabian horses. Every Thursday you can attend racing events, thoroughbred Arabian horse shows and auctions – all free of charge.
Experience open-air cinema the American way, in Doha.
There’s nothing quite like watching a movie at an open-air cinema – it’s a unique experience of film-viewing freedom and independence. Couple that with the mouth-watering aromas of delicious eats from nearby food trucks, then triple that with silvery moonlight and you’ve got an evening to remember. Check online for screenings at MIA and Aspire Parks, Katara Cultural Village amphitheatre and Drive-in Doha.
Pull up to the big screen
Whether you’re in the mood for a classic tearjerker or the latest action-packed blockbuster, Drive-in Doha is the place to park up, sit back and enjoy an evening in front of the mega screen from the comfort of your own ride. You’ll find all your favourite snacks and refreshments here, plus classic street eats at the food trucks.
Share your dreams and count down the days.
The One Year To Go milestone was celebrated with the unveiling of the official Countdown Clock on 21 November 2021. The clock stands on Doha’s Corniche against a backdrop of the city’s stunning skyline. Share your FIFA World Cup 2022™ dreams on social media using #WorldCup and #Qatar2022 to see them displayed on the clock’s digital hourglass.
Qatar's main market, offering henna painting, shisha, intricately worked handicrafts and delicious cuisine.
Meander around the cardamom-scented alleyways of Souq Waqif. Meaning “standing market”, this is Qatar’s oldest marketplace and one of the most atmospheric places to explore in the country. Shop for scarves, luxurious embroidered fabrics, traditional coffee pots, oud perfumes and even falcons in the dedicated Falcon Souq quarter!
Souq Al Wakrah
See, feel and hear how life was in the region hundreds of years ago.
Explore the traditional architecture and aged clay structures at tranquil Souq Al Wakrah and you’ll discover so much more. There’s a small mosque, stables and shops selling honey and spices, perfumes and souvenirs. Round off your visit with a camel ride or enjoy dinner at one of the very reasonably priced beachfront restaurants. It’s a gem of a trip you’ll treasure forever.
Doha Festival City
One of the largest retail and entertainment developments in the Gulf.
Head to Doha Festival City to discover a myriad of great shopping opportunities and fantastic restaurants. You can also visit the snow park for wintery slides and rides. There’s a high-tech cinema complex too, with no fewer than 18 digital screens, as well as a gaming complex. Shopping has never been so exhilarating!
Villaggio Shopping Mall
A high-class Venetian themed mall with something for everyone.
Beyond the indoor canal, bridges, gondola rides and sky-painted ceiling, Villaggio is also one of the most popular shopping and dining destinations. There’s even an exclusive area for designer brands.
If that’s not enough, there’s a roller coaster, ferris wheel, carousel, bumper cars and kiddy rides, as well as an ice rink and a cinema.
AI Hazm Mall
Unique architecture and interior design make this mall stand out from the crowd.
Al Hazm really is different from other malls – it aims to attract those with a taste for European atmosphere with Arabian hospitality. A spectacular glass pyramid, like the one at the Louvre, stands outside the mall. Flower gardens and centuries-old olive trees line the outdoor walkways. There’s even an outdoor ventilation system to maintain a cool temperature.
Mall of Qatar
The world's first mall with an in-house theatre crew to entertain shoppers.
This is a mall worth making a song and dance about: complete with hydraulic rotating stage and LED lighting shows. There are 26 beautiful water features inside and outside the mall. Of course, it’s also a very good shopping mall – where you can find all the high-street brands and more.
Experience a Parisienne-style shopping wonder
Galeries Lafayette at Katara Cultural Village offers the latest French fashion trends.
Take in the atmosphere of the legendary Boulevard Haussmann department store. Stay cool while window shopping thanks to stylish and practical air-conditioning grates in the cobblestone walkways outside.
Visitors can also pick up the best international, regional and local brands before taking a break at one of the exquisite restaurants.
Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
Satisfy your curiosity at this fascinating museum.
The wonderful collection here spans from the Jurassic period through the early Islamic period and right up to present day. It is the result of years of personal dedication by Sheikh Faisal who has travelled across continents to secure these captivating pieces. Rare vintage cars, ships, weapons, medical equipment, fossils, pictures and furniture – there’s 15,000 exhibits in all.
National Museum of Qatar
Modelled on the desert rose, this museum is a wonder inside and out.
The stunning architecture here makes any visit an instant hit. Visitors can wander through a series of rooms where films play on the walls, together with displays of artefacts presenting the Qatar peninsula from its early geology to the current day. Immersive, experiential and brilliantly curated – Qatar’s history seamlessly unfolds in front of your eyes.
Al Riwaq Gallery
For the very best works of international, regional and local artists.
Modern art galleries need to have a finger on the pulse of movements – Al Riwaq Gallery does just that. The exhibits change frequently, are always well-curated and never fail to surprise and inspire. Any time spent here is a thrill, so go and absorb it all.
Fire Station Gallery
Fire Station is a creative space supporting a new wave of artists.
When Qatar’s fire brigade vacated its old station in 2012, the gallery took over. Today, there are 24 artists’ studios and a public art gallery. There’s also a wonderful cafe serving healthy drinks and great food. You can enjoy it all by a lovely water feature in the outdoor piazza.
The Museum of Islamic Art
MIA is one of Qatar's most famous museums and landmarks, offering memorable exhibitions and incredible views.
Discover the richness of Islamic art and its influence around the world. Pieces date from the 7th-19th century AD and include metal work, ceramics, intricate jewellery, wood, textiles and glass. The building was designed by architect I.M. Pei, who was also responsible for the iconic Louvre Gallery in Paris.
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Showcasing art created in Qatar and across the Middle East.
Many expressive works can be enjoyed in both the temporary galleries and permanent displays. Beyond the galleries, Mathaf brings people together to learn, share ideas and enter into debate. From public talks by artists to weekly lessons, Mathaf works tirelessly to support the growth of Arab art today.
Al Wakrah Dhow Harbour
The best place to see working dhow boats up close in Qatar.
You’ll find hundreds of dhow boats here in traditional designs, with fishers maintaining their vessels and unloading the catch of the day. Aside from fishing, dhows have traditionally been used for transporting heavy goods along the coasts of the Arabian Gulf, East Africa, Yemen and South Asia (as far as Pakistan, India and Bangladesh).
A beautiful promenade to walk at any time of the day or night.
The Corniche is a 7km pedestrianised strip that follows a sweeping half-moon shape around Doha Bay. Enjoy great views of Qatar’s iconic skyline, lit up on the West Bay side. Stretch your legs, catch the breeze, stop and eat or head for the harbour for a dhow boat trip.
A verdant city park area – right next to Khalifa International Stadium.
Aspire Park is more than a breath of fresh air – it has a large lake, some fantastic wildlife, ornate fountains, tennis courts, soft running tracks and lovely cafes and restaurants. Covering over 88 hectares, it’s the perfect place to relax, work out, or let the children run wild.
Al Wakrah Park
A great place to visit when you are in this seaside town.
There’s vibrant oasis of gorgeous greens and vivid blooms flourish wherever you wander. For those who know it, it’s a secret wonder and one of the most-loved recreational spots off the city beat. Bring the whole family.
Al Bidda Park
One of the biggest and most accommodating parks in Qatar.
Not only is it pet friendly, but they let you do all sorts of things that many parks around the world don’t. You can roller-skate, circuit around the cycle track, barbecue and even ride your horse or camel. The park also features large gymnasiums in addition to outdoor exercise equipment, playgrounds and an outdoor theatre that can seat 850 spectators.
A lush oasis of energising parkland set inside Education City.
There are two zones to discover – one created for sport and the other for recreation. On the west side you’ll find the active zone, with volleyball courts, shaded running tracks and sports pitches. On the northeast side you can enjoy a heritage area, a children’s playground, gardens, fountains and an amphitheatre.
Discover the natural wonders of Qatar.
Purple Island was once a site for dye production that came from thais savignyi – a sea snail that produces dark-red dye. However, today it’s a great place to unwind away from the city and explore nature. It’s an absolute gem for spotting crabs, fish, wildlife, fossils and plants of all sorts as you wander over the salt marshes.
Al Khor Family Park
A park and a zoo for the best of both worlds.
A wonderful place for a family day out with a well-kept and pleasant park. Visit the zoo and learn about the resident animals such as the zebras, tigers, black jaguars, various monkeys, giraffes – there’s even a black bear and a lion. Let your children explore the fabulous play area while you picnic in any of the cool, shaded areas.
Serene and rambling, with hidden gems along the way.
One of the largest public parks in Doha, Katara Hills is a great place to enjoy amazing panoramic views. Split into the Southern and Northern Hills, it spans 361,500m2 in all. Go for a hike in the rolling hills, valleys, peaks and cool meadows. Discover the hundreds of trees from different parts of the world – all grown in the hills.
A beautiful green space along the waterfront.
Located at the Museum of Islamic Art, this park is popular with locals, expats and tourists alike. Whether you’re active or relax, this park is for you – jog around the 1km pathway, spend quality time with the kids in the play-park, or enjoy the food trucks and cafes. Make a memory and take a snap of the Doha skyline – you’ll find some of the best views of Doha here.
Rent a Bike
Power around under your own steam
With so many beautiful and sizable city parks to visit, it’s no wonder bike hire is gaining fans. People are turning to bicycles to bring some outside enjoyment to their fitness routines. You will find hire spots in AI Bidda Park, Education City Park and MIA Park. Just turn up and turn on that pedal power.
Education City Golf Club
Head here If you feel the need to swing a few.
At Education City Golf Club, you can choose from 33 holes, with 18, nine and six-hole courses in all. Discover immaculately groomed and conditioned lawns, a state-of-the-art tech-led driving range and swing and putting studios where you can hone your technique. All holes have been designed by double-major winner José María Olazábal in line with USGA standards.
Lusail Circuit Sports Club has two great tracks for speedy karting action.
The adult track, for ages 15 and older, lets you race 12 karts at the same time. The second is for junior racers aged 8-14. Bring your QID or passport – under 18s will need signed permission from a legal guardian to take part.
Al Maha Sanctuary
An Arabian oryx sanctuary about half an hour west of Doha.
Arabian oryx were almost extinct in the desert due to hunting. Today, the national animal of Qatar is fully protected, with more than 1,000 animals in reserves around the country. Al Maha Sanctuary breeds 75-100 calves each year. Pop-in visitors are welcome, or you can visit with a tour company.
Khor Al Adaid (Inland Sea)
Combine the desert with the sea at this UNESCO-listed refuge for wildlife.
The ocean floods the desert here, something that happens at only two other places in the world. You can see Arabian gazelles, turtles and sea cows, plus cormorants, terns and ospreys. Snorkelers can spot hammour fish and rays in the clear waters. Dune bashers will also be in their element.
Zekreet Stone Formations
Explore Ras Abrouq and you’ll feel like you’re on the moon.
The landscape here is as lunar as it gets. Mushroom-shaped limestone rock formations sculpted by nature dominate the entire area, which enjoys tranquility on most days. This is where Doha’s rock climbers gather, as well as being close to many unspoiled sandy beaches. Enjoy picnics here or, for the more adventurous, set up an overnight desert camp.
Just an hour south of Doha you’ll hit the spot where the fun is on four wheels.
Dunes were made for quad bikes, there really isn’t anything like conquering the Qatari desert on one. That’s why every weekend in winter, the thrill-seekers of Doha head out of the city and down to Sealine Beach where rows of all-terrain vehicles are lined up for hire.
Under the stars in five-star style.
Experience all the comforts of a five-star hotel with an unforgettable desert adventure. Luxury bayt al sha’ar style camping tents are carpeted in the traditional style, come with double or single beds or can be set up for families. Seating is usually arranged around the campfire as a communal relaxation space and dinner is an Arabic grill for that authentic vibe.
Desert safari nights in Qatar cater to just about every whim.
Desert safaris have something for everyone: quad biking, dune bashing, sand boarding... or you might prefer a casual drive over the dunes and a relaxing dip in the Inland Sea. Then retire to your camp, where luxury nomadic-style tents with carpeted floors and a lavish barbecue await you.
As exhilarating as it gets in a 4x4.
Get all revved up and speed over the dunes with experienced drivers who know how to give you goosebumps without driving into scary territory. When you’ve had enough, you can take a cool dip in the Inland Sea, then chill beside the campfire and enjoy a traditional Arabic barbecue.
Roll this way for rock climbing.
Qatar’s landscape is mostly flat but there is one spot where the indoor climbers graduate to once they’ve learnt the ropes: Zekreet. It’s about 80km outside Doha city limits, heading west. This really is only for the experienced – those who are well-prepared and aware of the essential safety procedures.
Enjoy the ride of your life on Qatar’s south-eastern dunes.
Sandboarding has really taken hold in Qatar, so why not join the other adrenaline junkies? Small groups are taken out from Doha in 4x4s which also serve as improvised ski lifts. A hat and cover-ups for arms and legs are essential. As too are sunscreen, water and a fully charged phone.
Al Ghariyah Beach
A pristine stretch that’s popular with campers and day-trippers.
If you’ve never experienced the wonders of desert camping, you should try it here. The area is a golden sand paradise with a clear blue sea and plenty of water sports activities. Hire jet skis, quad bikes and dune buggies – there aren’t any big dunes to bash, but it’s still a lot of fun.
AI Thakira Beach
A large coastal stretch at the north end of Al Khor corniche.
Many come here to explore the mangroves and salt marshes. Kayakers and birdwatchers come to see reef egrets, terns, herons and hordes of flamingos as they arrive from Africa. It’s also great for a lazy day at the beach – perfect before one of the evening matches at nearby AI Bayt Stadium.
Make a beeline for the coastline.
Qatar’s 600km of coastline offers ample opportunity for everyone to do all kinds of activities. Whether you want to splash around with the kids, take long walks or do water sports, there’s loads to explore. Beaches are plentiful – popular with families and groups soaking up the sun, picnicking and barbecuing. Some are open to all, while others are reserved for families.
If calming waves soothe your soul, Dukhan could be your paradise.
Dukhan Beach has two areas. One suited to afternoon picnicking or barbecuing. It’s rocky around the shore, so not ideal for swimming, but it does have a playground and a host of family activities. The other area is perfect for camping and swimming. There are no rocks and it’s a larger, more open space.
A pristine, sandy stretch of coastline close to the city.
This is the city’s beach playground. For younger children there’s a play area with water slides and bouncy inflatables. Older ones can find their thrills on banana boats and doughnut rides. Teens and adults alike can try kneeboarding, water skiing, parasailing, high-powered boat rides and jet skiing. Tons of fun for the entire family.
A very peaceful and clean beach about 70km south of Doha.
The perfect beach to chill out on. You can buy refreshments at the quad bike hire point or from the food trucks scattered along the coastal road. If you’d like to stay overnight, simply bring a tent – but please be sure to clean up your area before you leave.
About 45km north of Doha is the village and beach of Simaisma.
The beach here is immaculate, the sand is golden. It doesn’t stand up to sandcastle building but can still create a fantastic day out for young children. Food and drinks can be bought here, or the outdoor chefs among us can set up on one of the brick-built barbecues.
Heroes in a half-shell.
It’s emotional watching baby Hawksbill turtles dashing out to sea - especially when they’ve been listed as an endangered species. Thankfully, huge efforts have been made in Qatar to restore their population and habitat. They’ve since made these shores their own - returning every year to nest and lay their eggs on Fuwairit Beach and several other spots along the coast.
If a rod and line are your thing, there are great fishing spots In Qatar.
Qatar’s crystal-clear waters are teeming with more than 150 different species of fish, such as barracuda, king mackerel, snapper, sheri and hammour – offering unforgettable trips for families, groups or individuals. The northeast coast is the most popular among locals and tourists, but you’ll be sure to find great spots all along the coastline.
Waterjet-powered fun in the sun.
Most watersports businesses have a flyboarding rig or two around. And some luxury hotels are also now in on the buzz. It’s the newest experience in the watersports scene. If you’re a beginner, your instructor will put you through the paces and make sure you have enough knowledge before you power off into the air projected by the water.
Search for and surf uncharted offshore breaks on a hydrofoil.
Since hydrofoil surfing exploded onto the scene, dedicated surfers and newcomers have been hooked – not least in Qatar. You can join them and get your own foil-time around the coast. There are a number of watersports operators around Doha who will rent you equipment and offer lessons.
There’s no limit to the fun that can be had on a jet ski around Qatar.
Zooming across the waves on a powerful jet ski has to be one of the most exciting things you can do in a wetsuit. Qatar’s flat, glassy waters create the perfect aqua-based playground. Machines can be hired from any number of operators around Qatar’s beaches and marinas.
Paddle through the mangroves at Al Thakira nature reserve.
There’s plenty to see while kayaking through the mangroves at Al Thakira nature reserve, including reef egrets, terns, herons and jumping fish. Sunset to full moon kayaking events offer a different take on the experience – why not spend the night out at Purple Island and enjoy a traditional barbecue?
Another outdoor thrill you can add to your experiences in Qatar.
There are plenty of sailing clubs and all sorts of craft that can be hired here. Of course, you’ll also want the right type of waters and a fair breeze, so the shallow nature of Qatar’s coastal areas and regular offshore winds mean you can glide majestically on the Arabian Gulf year-round. Prepare to be blown away.
Pro and amateur divers will find treasure in the warm depths of Qatar’s waters.
The coastline around Doha has several reefs waiting for exploration, as well as lots of shipwrecks. These “artificial” reefs have created a great environment for a large variety of marine life – corals, crustaceans and fish. You’ll be able to sight groupers, batfish, barracudas, batfish, cuttlefish, groupers, needlefish, nudibranchs, sea breem and many, many more.
Stand-up Paddle Boarding
No waves, no worries
You won’t find big waves around Qatar but Doha’s beautifully calm waters are much better suited to stand-up paddle boarding. It does take a certain amount of strength and agility to stay upright, but the dynamics of balance are soon learned. Any age group and most levels of fitness can get involved. You’ll be gliding along in no time.
Qatar offers the perfect waters for wakeboarding.
Operators usually run groups of four people at a time for 60-90 minutes. If you’re experienced and want to join a group, try contacting wakeboarding clubs for people looking to fill spaces on their boat. For learners, there’s plenty of schools – just remember practice makes perfect. You’ll be showing off your new skills, selfie stick in hand, before you know it.
Travel over the dunes at sunset and feel the Arabian breeze.
Being in the desert on top of a camel is a truly cinematic experience. Although a one-hour ride is probably enough epicness if it’s your first time, as it can be a rough ride for the inexperienced. Nevertheless, this really is a bucket list must. Most hotels and tour operators offer excursions.
For healthy types who’d rather do exhilarating watersports than bench presses and squats, there is water-skiing. Hanging onto a rope behind a motorboat that’s speeding across the sea is a major workout. Learners, don’t be put off -it’s not easy to stay up at first, but stick with it and you’ll soon be loving the cool spray of your face and warm sun on your back. Seize the moment and contact one of the operators to rent the equipment and take you out.
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