Your Guide to Off-roading in Qatar

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Everybody knows how off-road driving is a culture and a part of the tradition in Qatar and yes, we love it! Off-roading is essentially the activity of driving or riding a vehicle on uneven roads or tracks, made of materials such as sand, gravel, riverbeds, mud, snow, rocks, and other natural terrain.

 

However,  simply going off-road isn't as simple as it sounds. It's an adventure that can be challenging and confusing, especially if you're not prepared. To help remove a little of that worry, ILQ is here to help you prepare and get ready for the best adventure of your life!

 

So, let’s get started!

 

1) Vehicle: 4x4 SUV

 

First thing’s first, you need to have a sturdy vehicle to go off-road and enjoy. Qatar’s favourite is of course the Toyota Land Cruiser or the Nissan Patrol. We suggest, for this, you go with Toyota, since Nissan Patrols have entered the Luxury vehicle category.

If you don’t have either of those, no worries! but you need to have a 4x4 SUV at least.

 

If possible try fixing Balloon/Desert Tyres to your vehicle for ease of movement off-road.

 

Image from: caradvice.com

 

2) Choose a location for your off-roading experience

 

Obviously you’ll have to plan everything before you step out for the adventure. There are off-roading locations in all three directions in Qatar. Most popular is Umm Saeed, if you want to hit the dunes and just relax.

 

There are many other popular locations such as, Zekreet, Umm Bab, Simaisma, Al-Khor. Just pick a location and hit the road.

 

Image from: thenissanpath.com

 

4) Pick a date and time

 

The best time is during the weekend starting from around 3PM since you can catch the sunset from an iconic off-road locations.

 

Image from: panoramio.com

 

3) Grab everything necessary

 

Before hitting the road, whether you’re going with your family, friends or maybe just for a ride alone, make sure you have everything you need.

 

- A towing rope (in case of emergencies)

- Battery cables (in case of emergencies)

-  A mat (if you find a sweet spot with a view you can just lay back)

- Portable chairs

- Mini Grill (if you decide to have a nice quick grill to add to the beautiful off-roading experience, but remember to clean up the mess!)

- Car Chargers for your cellphone

- Spare tyres

 

After you finish packing everything, make sure they are all placed safely at the back of your car.

 

 

4) Get your car checked


In a situation when you will be miles away from the closest tarmac without any signal on your mobile phone, your best friend will be your car. So ensure that it is well maintained with a full fuel tank and the other engine fluids are at sufficient levels.

 

Now you are ready to fasten your seatbelt and hit the "off"-road! Remember to share your experience with us.