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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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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Aspire Park | Doha, Qatar

The Aspire Park is located in Aspire Zone in the southern district of Al Waab in Doha behind the famous Villagio Mall and Hyatt Plaza.

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Aspire Park is Doha’s biggest park. It covers an area of 88 hectares. A great place for picnics and family outings, the park features beautiful fountains, playgrounds for children, and other fun features. It has also a lake, a small hill, a coffee shop and various kinds of trees, both rare and common.

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Located close by is the Torch Tower, a 300 meter modern hotel, which served as a giant torch for the 15th Asian Games.

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NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC: Bringing of pets, tree climbing, skateboarding and riding of scooters and bicycles are not allowed within the park.

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Museum of Islamic Art | Doha, Qatar

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is located on an artificial peninsula overlooking the south end of Doha Bay occupying a total area of 45,000 m2. It was officially opened on November 22, 2008 by the then Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad and was opened to the general public on December 8, 2008.

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The 5-story museum was designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, architect of the controversial glass-and-steel pyramid for the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

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MIA is the first of its kind to feature over 14 centuries of Islamic art in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf. It represents Islamic art from three continents over 1,400 years. Its collection includes metal work, ceramics, jewelry, wood work, textiles and glass obtained from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century. It is one of the world’s most complete collections of Islamic artifacts, with items originating in Spain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Central Asia.

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Inside the museum are temporary and permanent galleries, a gift shop, a library, a cafe, a 200-seat theater, classrooms and a restaurant.

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External facilities that form part of the crescent shaped MIA park include walking tracks, cycling tracks, a carousel, cafes, rest rooms and boat rentals.

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The museum is part of Qatar Museums Authority. Admission to the museum and park are free. The museum is open daily from 9:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday to Thursday and 1:30pm to 7:00pm during Friday. The park is open 24 hours to cater the residents of the Doha City.

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Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Its mission is to spread knowledge, nurture imagination,cultivate creativity, and preserve Qatar’s heritage for the future.

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QNL’s 45,000 square meters state-of-the-art library building was opened to the public last November 7, 2017. It was designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Currently it has around one million books in its collections, more than 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections.

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Aside from its cutting-edge technology, Qatar National Library also have its famed Heritage Collection and facilities for individual and group study and research and a specially designed restaurant, a cafe and a special events area.

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Sunrise in Sealine Beach | Mesaeeid

Sealine beach is located in Mesaieed, Al Wakra, Qatar. It is about an hour and a half south of Doha.

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In addition to catching the magnificent sunrise at the beach, visitors can go swimming in the sea, dune bashing or take a camel ride. Tourists can also bring tents and stuff and spend overnight at the beach or do a short trip from 5am to 9am to catch the sunrise.

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*Aside from the public beach, one can opt to stay at the private beach, Murwab Resort. The resort is an ideal location for business meetings and events, with comprehensive leisure facilities.

 

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