Outdoors fun in Doha

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1 Rock climbing
Whether you are a young child or a fully-grown adult, there’s always a weird fascination with climbing stuff. With that in mind, we thought we’d start our feature right here. The Doha Climbers are a group of climbing fanatics, always looking for new members – whether you are experienced at climbing or not. Follow them on Facebook for the latest developments: facebook.com/Dohaclimbers. If you are already a serious climber, we suggest you try Zekreet, in western Qatar, which has some pretty cool rock formations for the climbing enthusiast. Bir Zikrit on the west coast of Qatar is also good fun.

2 Kitesurfing
Don’t worry, the worst that will happen is that you plunge into the beautiful waters of the Gulf. Let the wind carry you around on the luscious sea as you waste the hours away. Beginner? No worries. Learn it with some mates and get kite flying on water. There are numerous beaches where you can try it out. www.flokiteschool.com (5504 1039).

3 Golf

Just because you might not be Sergio Garcia on the golf course does not mean you can’t enjoy hacking a few balls around a course. And with the weather guaranteed to be good, who really cares where the balls fly off to? Doha Golf Club is a superb 18-hole complex, and it also has a driving range for those that like to hit the ball hard, and don’t really care where it goes. Taster sessions are available for those that want to get started. This will be the home of the Qatar Masters in January, so you can watch how the real pros do it as well.
Doha Golf Club, West Bay Lagoon (4496 0777).

4 Tennis
If you want to get a sweat on, there are numerous places to book a court and play tennis with your friends. The Khalifa International Tennis complex is home to 21 courts available to the community. With so many courts and first-class facilities, if you don’t fancy it then ‘you cannot be serious’! (Sorry).
Al Majles Twaon Street, Al Dafna (4440 9666).

5 Sailing
Refer to our October edition sport page and remind yourself of all the benefits sailing has to offer. Never sailed before? No worries – there are introductory courses available and it isn’t as expensive as you might think. Time to sail the seas and enjoy the breeze.
Doha Sailing Club, Ras Abu Abboud (4443 9840).

6 Kayaking

We know: broken record! Yes, kayaking the mangroves seems to be a regular in many of our columns, but for good reason – it’s awesome! You have to leave the city and travel to Al Khor, 40km north of the city. You can easily spend a day or evening in this beautiful area, full of life. You can also kayak in the city as well – admiring the splendid architecture on show.
www.entalek.org, Gharaffa (3311 6249).

7 Go for a run
If we’d suggested this three months ago, you probably wouldn’t be reading this now, but the weather is now at a comfortable and enjoyable temperature, so there’s no reason why you can’t take your fitness regime outdoors. So where’s nice? Our favourite is a run along the corniche, admiring the splendid views at the same time. Fancy joining a club? See what the Doha Bay Running Club has to offer.

8 Hockey
No, not ice hockey – we’re talking about the proper sport of hockey. Outside in the beautiful and mild sun. The Doha Hockey Club caters for all people interested in hockey, from beginners to seasoned pros and ex-internationals, with ages so far ranging from six to 60. Yearly memberships costs are QR500.
For more information, email info@dohahockeyclub.com.

9 Kettlebelling
Put a weight between your legs and hoist it up. There you are, that’s the basics of kettlebelling (kind of). It is great for a workout and good fun with friends. There are classes available from Ali Longmate, but why not get your own kettlebells and take them outside?
www.alifitclub.com (5552 6407).

10 Cycling
Let’s be honest, you can’t cycle around the streets of Doha (unless you have a death wish). So go cycling around Aspire’s newly opened 5km cycle track. It’s QR20 for an hour, and QR5 for every hour after that and can be hired from 4pm-8pm Sun-Thu, and from noon-8pm on Friday and Saturday. Bring your Qatari ID with you or your passport. Aspire, Al Wabb St., Muraikh (4413 6208). Want to join a club? Chain Reaction is a bike club which enables you to go cycling around Doha in groups and make new friends www.qatarchainreaction.org. Another group to try is the Qatar Cycling Community, which uses Facebook to interact: www.facebook.com/QatarCyclingCommunity.

11 Diving
The coolest activity there is, diving in Doha is darn right delightful. Join a club and learn the basics, while also making new friends at the same time. Work toward your PADI (Professional Association of Divers Instructors) certificate and head out on group trips which various institutions organise. Use Qatar Divers www.qatardivers.com or Poseidon Dive Centre www.pdcqatar.com and dive away to your heart’s content.

12 Paddle boarding
For QR100, you can have two hours of entertainment as you go for a paddle boarding lesson at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, organised by Entalek. There are lessons for beginners and you can also do paddle boarding at night time to view all the glitz and glam of the Doha skyline. Get into the paddle boarding vibe; it’s two hours very well spent.
www.entalek.org (3023 3207).

13 Waterskiing

You want some serious action? Ok, in that case, you need to do some waterskiing, courtesy of The Diplomatic Club. A 60-minute session for a member is QR175, non-member QR275, and is a must-do. You can also have a half-hour session if you prefer.
Al Istiqlal Street, West Bay Lagoon (4484 7444).

By Time Out Doha staff
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