Al Wakra Beach | Qatar

Situated 20 km South of Doha, Qatar, Al Wakrah Beach has become one of Qatar’s most popular family beaches.

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The golden sand beach of Al Wakra is flat and wide. Just like Simaisma, the sea is far from the beach, especially at low tide. Once you get to the sea, the shallow water extends to a very long distance but the walk to the sea is fun as sandbars can be seen during low tide.

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The main beach offer some shade from the soaring midday temperatures and good facilities such as playgrounds, a volleyball pitch, a soccer pitch, toilets and BBQ facilities for picnic.

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Porto Arabia | The Pearl-Qatar

The Pearl-Qatar is an artificial island spanning nearly four million square meters. Home to The Pearl Qatar’s main harbor is Porto Arabia.

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Poro Arabia is the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals.  There are 31 Mediterranean-style towers with a total of 4,700 units, 450 townhouses & low-rise terrace apartments within the Porto Arabia. These elegant towers and townhouses were inspired by the best French, Italian and Spanish architecture.

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Porto Arabia is also set around a colorful waterfront – La Croisette Boulevard – a fascinating 2.5 kilometer pedestrian forecourt with fine shopping and dining. Dining outlets covers the full range of cuisines from South American to French/Lebanese to Asian cuisines.

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A resort and spa was supposed to be located at the end of Porto Arabia where the original completion date was scheduled for July 2012. The construction was stopped in 2017 due to an alcohol ban.

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SIMAISMA BEACH | AL DAAYEN, QATAR

Situated approximately 45km north of Doha, Simaisma is a serene coastal village in Al Daayen, Qatar. Its beach is one of the most convenient and popular of Qatar’s family beaches.

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With kilometers of fine sand, Simaisma beach is a delight for visitors. The water is quite far away from the shore and relatively shallow. At low tide visitors have to walk through some mangroves to reach the shoreline.

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The mangroves in the beach offer a place of pure tranquility and children visiting the beach can be taught the crucial role mangroves play in land preservation.

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MESAEEID DESERT ADVENTURE

The desert offers a challenging terrain for those seeking adventure in Qatar. Head south to Mesaieed desert where the sand dunes on the eastern coast are known as ‘singing sands’ because of the sounds they produce.

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On weekends the desert is drawing hundreds of vehicles all bashing the dunes. Dune bashing is a popular sport to Qataris and even expatriates. A Toyota Land Cruiser or an SUV is commonly used for this sport. There are plenty of ATVs / quad bikes too where tourists try to drive the sand dunes themselves.

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If you’re not familiar with the desert, it’s best to hire someone with experience behind the wheel.

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2ND ASPIRE LAKE FESTIVAL 2018

The Aspire Lake Festival returns this weekend, March 23-24, in Aspire Park, Doha, Qatar after the event’s huge success last November.

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The second edition’s half-hour ‘Magical Journey’ theme features more than 40 talented artists and experts showcasing theatrical performances and fireworks displays. The show starts at 8pm and will be directed by French fireworks art wizard Christophe Berthonneau.

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This year’s festival is made possible by Aspire Zone Foundation in partnership with Ooredoo, Qatar Airways, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and Katara. Food and beverage stalls are available for visitors attending the Aspire Park during the two-day festival.

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QATAR INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL 2018

The 9th Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF), Qatar’s longest-running food festival, runs from March 15 until March 25 at the Hotel Park in Doha City.

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During the 11-day food festivity, visitors will enjoy a variety of gastronomic experiences among the special festival menus from participating restaurants around Qatar. 14 internationally-renowned chefs will take center stage to share their secret ingredients and techniques.

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QIFF 2018 which was organized by the Qatar Tourism Authority will also host a variety of cultural shows from countries all across the globe and live band performances throughout the festival.

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The festival will run from 4 pm to 12 midnight from Saturday to Wednesday and will extend to 1am on Thursdays and Fridays.

 

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Aspire 2nd International Kite Festival 2018

The Aspire 2nd International Kite Festival in Doha, Qatar which runs from March 06 to March 09, 2018, brings more than 102 participants from leading international kite flyers from 23 countries.

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Countries in this edition of the four-day festival include: Austria, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Spain, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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The festival organized a friendly inter-school competition, with teams representing 14 local schools vying for a range of cash prizes including QR50,000 for first place, QR30,000 for second place and QR20,000 for third place.

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Along with the International Kite Festival, a photography competition for amateur and professional photographers in Qatar was also launched. Participants can compete by posting their photos on social media under the hashtag #AspireKiteFest for a chance to win valuable prizes and get the honor of being crowned the 2018 Aspire International Kite Festival Photography Competition winner.

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