Can't travel overseas? Getaway without having to go away by exploring more of Qatar. Need to escape and unwind? Schedule these trips for an easy weekend getaway from Doha! In this week's Top 5, we're heading to the south of Qatar! Here are the top 5 destinations you can check out!
Even though it's called Singing Sand Dunes, don't expect the dunes to belt out tunes when you get there. The magical sound produced is more like whistling or humming but sometimes also roaring depending on factors such as location, how strong the wind is, and the sand grain size. Try walking, sliding, or running down the sand dunes and see what kind of sounds you'll create! The spot is also a good location for taking photos during sunrise and sunset. There are no facilities so if you're going to bring a picnic or BBQ, make sure to bring it back with you. It's also better to use a 4x4 going to the sand dunes.
Opened on May 16, 2019, Al Janoub Stadium is also one of the stadiums set to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar matches and the second stadium to become tournament-ready. The stadium's design is inspired by the traditional dhow boats used in the past for pearling and fishing in Qatar and was designed by Zaha Hadid's firm.
Like the Al Bayt Stadium, it also has a park beside it with facilities such as jogging and cycling tracks, open spaces, workout equipment, and children's play areas. The park opened during National Sport Day 2020.
Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the children's play areas are currently closed.
Beaches in the south of Qatar are some of the most popular given their proximity to Doha. Families flock to Al Wakrah Family Beach or the beach at Souq Al Wakrah while other residents head to Al Wakrah Public Beach or Sealine Beach. There's even a dog beach where dogs can play with other dogs and frolic in the shallow waters. These beaches can be accessed by a sedan.
There are also a lot of diving sites in the south like the Othman Reef, Zeytuna Reef, the man-made New Club Reef, and GMC Reef, according to Payel Chistyakov.
Unlike the more popular Souq Waqif, the Al Wakrah Souq is quieter and has lesser shops. But what it lacks for its busyness, it makes up for its views. It's located waterfront and the restaurants are all lined up near the beach so you can hear the calming sound of the waters and enjoy the sunset while eating your meals al fresco.
Also known as Khor Al Adaid, the Inland Sea is located at the southeastern tip of Qatar near the border of Saudi Arabia. The extraordinary landscape is not easy to get to, as you need a 4x4 and a guide (especially if it's your first time) while braving the bumpy desert ride to get to this unique spot. The approximately 2-hour ride from Sealine is worth the wait as soon as you lay your eyes on the breathtaking views of Inland Sea.
According to UNESCO, "There is no comparable lagoonal system of this type known elsewhere in the world. The Inland Sea is a large tidal embayment with a convoluted shoreline, about 15 kilometres from north to south, and up to 12 kilometres from east to west. It is connected to the Arabian Gulf by a relatively narrow, deep channel, about 10 kilometres in length."
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