Qatar’s balmy year-round temperatures and world-class beaches, edged by the idyllic waters of the Persian Gulf or Gulf of Bahrain, ensure the country is no slouch in the beach breaks department.
Things To Do
Things To Do
Having whet the family’s appetite with some Doha discoveries, encourage them to spread their wings further and explore a different region of the country. One option is to head north, spending the day experiencing activities such as kayaking in the Al Thakira mangroves.
Alternatively, head south on a half- or full-day desert safari among the sand dunes of Khor Al Udaid, around the Inland Sea. As mentioned earlier, desert safaris are one of the most popular family activities in the country, enabling kids and adults to choose from an assortment of fun activities, such as sandboarding and camel rides, with the added option of overnighting in a desert camp and sleeping under the stars.
Well, you could certainly be forgiven for choosing to spend another day rinsing the resort facilities, possibly with a leg-stretching side trip to one of the capital’s green spaces such Al Bidda Park, or Aspire Park. Another option would be to decamp the family to one of the country’s best natural beach areas for the day, such as Fuwairit.
Alternatively, consider checking out another of the country’s many activity-backed resorts for a day. An excursion to Salwa Beach Resort, around 60 miles from Doha, for example would enable the family to see another part of the country. And did I mention the marina, two-mile stretch of private beach and its Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park, one of the largest theme parks in the entire region?
Consider keeping a suitably epic option under your hat to end the trip in style, such as an excursion to see whale sharks. Qatar is one of the best places in the world to see the world’s largest fish, which gather in their hundreds off the north-eastern shore between April and September.
In fact, local operator Discover Qatar recently launched a luxury expedition cruise focused on appreciating these gentle giants, and you’ll doubtless see other creatures such as bottlenose and spinner dolphins while you’re at it, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Zubarah among the area’s added attractions.
Families are truly spoilt for choice among Doha’s five-star hotel stock, but they can’t go wrong with The Ritz Carlton, especially if splurging on one of the 61 suites. Standout facilities include the marina, excellent spa and gym area, and indoor and outdoor pools, backed by a plethora of enticing food and beverage concepts, while the property’s location on a private island adds to the air of exclusivity.
Active breaks and adventurous activities offer some of the best ways to experience and appreciate Qatar’s natural beauty, from towering dunes and desert areas to watery wonders like the Inland Sea, its northernly mangrove forests and the veritable watersports havens of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Bahrain.
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