AL SAFLIYA ISLAND|QATAR

Al Safliya, is an island located south of The Pearl in Qatar where a magnificent view of the Doha West Bay and its skyline can be seen during sunset.

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The island can be reached by a boat or dhow which will take you around 30 to 40 minutes. You can rent a dhow from Dhow Harbour near The Pearl Monument at Doha Corniche. A dhow hire for a duration of 5 hours with toilet, safety vest, AC room, and audio-video entertainment is quite expensive if you’re a solo traveller or just a small group. It’s better to check guided group tours online to get to the island.

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The southern beach of the island has wooden umbrella-shaped shades. Trash bins are available in the island but there are no toilets available. The water is clean in the island where you can swim and play some water sports like.

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EAST-WEST/WEST-EAST |RAS ABROUQ

East-West/West-East sculpture is located in Ras Abrouq, an area north of Dukhan in Qatar and near the tip of the Zekreet Peninsula. It was installed in 2014 at the request of Qatar Museum Authority.

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The stunning sculpture by American artist, Richard Serra in the Brouq Nature Reserve spans over a kilometer and comprises four steel plates, each over fourteen meters in height and spaced out at 250-meter intervals along a straight line.

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There’s no road leading to the sculpture and the tracks at the desert aren’t clearly signposted. The nearest major highway is more than five kilometers away. Anyone driving there will require an off-road vehicle. Visitors will either need a local friend with access to big wheels, or join an organized trip to get easy access to the site.

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MUSFUR SINKHOLE | AR RAYYAN, QATAR

Musfur sinkhole is located in Ar Rayyan, Qatar and it is the deepest known accessible cave in Qatar. The visible bottom is around 100 meter deep, but some scientists suspect a larger cave-system is extended below.

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The sinkhole was formed 325,000 to 500,000 years ago during the mid-Pleistocene Era. When you enter the 40 feet opening of the cave you can see layering of different kinds of rock and sediments, graffiti on the rocks, hundreds of nesting birds and traces of small mammals. There is no clear path down into the cave. You can basically scramble down anywhere.

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It is believed that Musfur sinkhole continues to evolve and will do so in the future. Pieces of rock from both the dolomite and limestone layers occasionally fall and larger sections of the roof might collapse one day.

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Musfur Sinkhole GPS coordinates: N 25 10’30” E 51 12’41”

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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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