There are some spectacular natural wonders in the beautiful country of Qatar, which are sure to leave travellers refreshed and rejuvenated. While the stunning coastline, breath-taking cultural attractions, and modern architecture are at its finest, those who want a break from the city can explore the bounty at some of the most iconic and photographed spots, throughout the country.
Here is a list of activities and spots to reconnect with nature and enjoy the picturesque view in Qatar.
Khor Al Adaid (Inland Sea)
A UNESCO recognized natural reserve with its own ecosystem, Khor Al Adaid, also known as the ‘Inland Sea’ Is a breathtaking destination, where the sand dunes meet the shores of the sea. One of the major attractions in Qatar, the Inland Sea Is soothing on the eyes, to just observe or fun to drive around with the dunes reaching thrilling heights of up to 40 meters. Families can make the most of this attraction by spending an afternoon in the desert, dune bashing, taking a stop along the way to ride camels, and posing with the country’s famous national bird, the falcon.
The sand dunes in Qatar are a major draw for tourists and residents alike. The desert is enjoyable for a leisurely safari and to take in the breath-taking scenery.
Al Thakira Mangroves
Al Thakira mangroves provide a special contrast of greenery, from the desert landscape. This location forms an adventure off the beaten track, with Kayaking as a key fun activity, surrounded by vegetation area that attracts a variety of bird species, including herons and flamingos.
Dahl Al Misfir Cave
A fascinating, 40-meter-deep gypsum-fibrous cave, the Dahl Al Misfir Cave sometimes emits a phosphorescent glow that resembles the moon. The peninsula is also covered in gypsum crystals that resemble roses, or desert roses. As one descends inside the cave and steps on to the path, the temperature begins to drop.
North Sarda and the Heenat Salma Farms
An enchanting experience for families is exploring the North Sedra Farm, the first agritourism destination in Qatar. The farm has a mini zoo with various animals, including Arabian Oryx, zebra, ostrich, lama, and camels with a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables to handpick. The farm also sells top-quality Sedra honey produced in-house, in the winters.
Heenat Salma Farms is another nature led experience that promotes communal living and lush sights. The farm attracts eco-conscious, sustainable living and farming enthusiasts who enjoy organic natural produce. Heenat currently grows around 30 different crop varieties, along with organic fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, honey, and meat.
Ras Abrouq (Zekreet)
These are limestone rock formations that have been formed into mushroom-shaped lunar-like landscapes by the wind. Although the Ras Abrouq peninsula is somewhat remote, it is home to beautiful sandy beaches and a wild deer reserve. Nearby, visitors can also enjoy a fort called ‘Film City’, the ancient 9th-century Murwab Fort, and Richard Serra’s famous steel sculpture called East-West/West-East.
Fuwairit Beach, which is 1 hour and 20 minutes outside of Doha, is worth visiting for its fine, white sand and clean waters. A Hawksbill Sea Turtle hatchery may be found at Fuwairit Beach, which is popular with kitesurfers.
Qatar’s Flora & Fauna
The desert turns into a lush oasis after it rains. There is a wide variety of fauna, including flamingos, foxes, birds, reptiles, and, of course, the Arabian oryx, which is Qatar’s national animal.
Stretching over a 560km coastline, the sea is an integral part of the Qatari life. The water is rich with marine life. There are ‘Whale Shark in Qatar Tours’ that have recently opened for public sightings, for those interested in seeing the magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
The destination has plenty of natural attractions and cultural heritage sites to enjoy, while taking a break from the city life.