Al Khor Family BeachGPS Coordinates:
Sun-Wed 7am-10pm; Thurs-Sat (Family only) 7am-midnightFacilities:
Toilets, showers, kiosk, playground, limited shade, barbecue pits, ample parking. Area is entirely secured by fencing. Bumpy off-road driving required.
Al Khor Family Beach is the largest of the family beaches. Located on Farkeeh Coast this beach was once known only by families in Al Khor and a few adventure-seekers. It quickly lost its status as one of Qatar’s best kept secrets when bloggers began spreading the word. As the first free beach with facilities to open, it quickly became a favourite, especially among families with small children.
Right at the top of child-pleasing amenities is the trampoline. Random studies show that approximately 20 children can fit on it in one go. When the trampoline is busy, other play equipment avails itself. There is one main playground with swings, slides, and climbing equipment. Smaller play structures, usually for under fives, are dispersed along the beach and the soft sand around the playground can be made into molehills, so don’t forget those buckets and spades. Palm-frond umbrellas line the beach, but they are very popular so you may want to bring your own parasol if you plan on staying long. You can make your extended stay more fun by bringing along your own grill kit, too. About five BBQ pits have been permanently installed, but as with the shade, it’s hard to get an empty one. Should you want to stay longer than your water supply allows, you can stock up on water or snacks at a small kiosk is on the premises, but do be aware that the food is primarily calorie-laden junk food.
The bay is shallower than a bath tub and there’s no possibility to swim unless you walk about a kilometre out. Like most beaches in Qatar it is quite rocky and water shoes are recommended. Tides have packed down the sand on the edge of the beach and toddlers and teenagers ankle-wade and splash about.
On the northern end boat enthusiasts can watch dhows, motor boats and fishing boats manoeuvre the channel and on the southern end, over the fence, is a small mangrove; a nice spot if the beach is busy, although during the week, this is unlikely to be the case. For those who prefer two wheels, early weekend mornings are a good time to get your bike out as Highway 1 is at its most bicycle-friendly.Map It
Mapping the Mangroves is a worldwide mangrove protection project, launched in Qatar through Qatar Foundation International, that you can get involved in! Visit mappingthemangroves.qfi.org
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