Al Farkeeh Coast
Not the most exciting of places, but if you’re looking for a bit of isolation, you will adore this spot. It’s rather barren but there is a tea stall and a family section with a play zone. If you drive a little further up, you’ll find an empty strip of land that’s ideal for shallow net fishing. We’re already gathering a few seafood barbecue recipes.
GPS: 25.680179, 51.538308.
This beach has become really crowded in recent years but there’s no denying how beautiful it is. Glimmering turquoise waters and soft sands are what you can expect. If you’re with family, then you’re in luck because there is a separate fenced area with huts, toilets and showers exclusively for families. There’s the Al Ghariyah Resort nearby, too, if you seek a little luxury.
GPS: 26.073159, 51.359690.
This beach is almost always empty, especially because a lot of people still don’t know about it. But you, dear readers, always have us to turn to for all the dish on Doha’s lesser known and undiscovered gems. Beautiful turquoise waters, warm and soft sand and absolutely nothing else around makes for a perfect spot to set up camp and lug a barbecue. Just
don’t bother swimming here – the water is too shallow.
GPS: 25.980718, 51.400568.
Al Khor Family Beach
This popular family spot is a little far up but great for barbecues. You can find parking, showers and toilets, playgrounds and limited areas of shade. The entire area is secured by fencing.
GPS: 25.678206, 51.538222.
Al Wakra Family Beach
This beach has a designated area for barbecuing, and the place is suitable for children as there are multiple playgrounds, volleyball and football pitches, showers and other facilities. The beach is far from the sea and you will have to walk to get to shallow waters. Children need to be supervised as there are some sharp rocks at the bottom.
GPS: 25.130382, 51.617313.
If you’re looking for something secluded yet sophisticated, you could frankly do a lot worse than this exclusive private island’s luxurious sandy white beach. Banana Island’s beach is stretched over 800m and accessible only by the resort’s private catamaran. If you fancy coming by private boat, the resort’s private marina holds up to 30 (reservation must be made in advance).
QR350 (including Friday brunch or QR200 credit to spend in any restaurant, QR50 credit for recreational activities and luxury boat transfers), QR750 (includes 60-minute massage, QR200 credit to spend in any restaurant, QR50 credit for recreational activities and luxury boat transfers). Daily 8am-7pm. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara (4040 5050).
The Dukhan beaches are about 80km from Doha city. There are two areas – one for the families, which is mostly for barbecuing because the rocky shores are not very suitable for swimming (bring appropriate footwear if you still want to) with a playground and other family-oriented things. The second one is more of a large open space, good for camping and swimming because there are no rocks here. There’s a Dukhan Water Sports club if you want to go jet skiing or windsurfing. Before you hit the beaches, the town area has a food court with toilets.
GPS: 25.404985, 50.755775.
Also known as Maroona, this beach is located just before Fuwairit and is a great spot for swimming, barbecuing and camping. There’s absolutely nothing around though, so bring your own food, a large umbrella, beach mats and everything else you’re going to need.
GPS: 26.003744, 51.399370.
Expect large crowds as this is one of Doha’s most popular beaches thanks to the soft sands and clear blue waters. It’s also a kitesurfing hotspot. There are lots of families around, although it is not exclusively a family beach and is open to anyone.
GPS: 26.039893, 51.366963.
Galactic Core Bay
While this isn’t a beach, this is an ideal spot to set up camp. If you’re a photographer, then you’re in luck because from this very spot, you can capture incredible Milky Way photos. You’ll need a 4WD and all your supplies because this is a pretty isolated spot.
Abu Dhalouf, Madinat Shamal.
Grand Hyatt Doha
Relax on Grand Hyatt’s golden sands in a 400m private beach. It’s open until sunset and if you fancy a drink by the beach, Monkey Tale is just around the corner.
QR100 (kids, weekdays), QR125 (kids, weekends), QR175 (adults, weekdays), QR275 (adults, weekends), QR280 (couples, weekdays), QR380 (couples, weekends). Daily 7am-sunset. Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).
You won’t find too many beachfront hotels in Doha’s commercial district. But luckily, Hilton Doha in West Bay is suitably located for a relaxing dip after your business meeting. Practise your butterfly stroke in the infinity pool or just unwind at the private beach. Ladies get to pay only QR80 on Sundays and Wednesdays and couples can avail a special price (QR200 for two) on Sundays.
QR170 (weekdays). Open daily 7am-sunset. Hilton Doha, West Bay (4423 3333).
Not only do you get the chance to set up camp at Qatar’s most scenic location, you also get to immerse in some adventure along the way. To reach here, you need to do some serious dune bashing over Sealine’s majestic drifts for an hour. If you want to go a little low key, try an ATV before you start dune bashing. They’re available for rent just before the dunes start. Or keep a sandboard in your car. Once you arrive at the Inland Sea, you’re going to be privy to Qatar’s best camping experience. This inlet creates a scenic camping spot and the waters are great for swimming too. Don’t be surprised if you see massive numbers of 4WDs pulling off-road for some dune bashing on the trip to the water’s edge.
Drive straight from Sealine Beach over the dunes.
Five hundred metres of sandy beach amid lush, landscaped gardens – this is relaxation at its best. The Bay Club is here too and you can get a good workout in before stepping into the sea. There are plenty of watersports here including paddleboarding and flyboarding. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are ladies’ days and women have to pay QR100 for access.
QR200 (weekdays), QR350 (Saturdays and public holidays). Fridays are for members only. Daily sunrise-sunset. InterContinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 4852).
Marsa Malaz Kempinski
Aside from having an incredible six swimming pools, the exclusive beach strip here is pretty impressive. With a palatial hotel in the background and fantastic views of The Pearl in the front, you possibly can’t find a more fancy way to spend your afternoons. Many activities are available on the shore such as a thrilling water park with 12 different attractions, knee boarding, Kayaking, pedal boating and paddle boarding. Amwage Beach & Grill, right by the beach, offers food, drinks and shisha.
QR250 (adults), QR175 (kids below 12), free for kids below five. Daily 6am-sunset. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar (4035 5555).
Palm Tree Beach
Also known as Umm Bab, this beach features clusters of palm trees near the shore. It is part of the Al Reem Natural Reserve that takes care of oryx and gazelles. Thanks to all the palm trees, shade is aplenty and you can soak in the quiet, contemplative environs of the Qatari coast. Make sure you take sufficient supplies as there is nothing around. Camping here is advisable in groups only.
GPS: 25.208863, 50.768215.
You can either access Sealine’s beach with a day pass through the resort (which includes pool access), or just head over to the free beach open to the public. This beach is easily accessible by car, but to go beyond that, you’d need a 4WD. The beach is usually crowded, so be prepared for all the chaos and make sure to carry trash bags with you. This is a top option for swimming, barbecuing, camping and every other beach-related activity. It’s also a popular diving start point, although we don’t recommend going alone.
GPS: 24.861143, 51.516837.
Sharq Village & Spa
Nestled on 350 m of private coastline is the luxurious Sharq Village’s beach. A variety of activities and watersports are available for groups of friends and families to enjoy, with kids activities carefully tailored by professionals. The pools are nearby too, so it is possible to take a dip with sea views.
QR100 (ladies, weekdays), QR200 (men, weekdays), QR250 (weekends). Daily 7am-6pm. Sharq Village & Spa, Ras Abu Aboud (4425 6666).
Drive straight on the Shamaal highway and roughly 30kms later, you’ll hit the adorable little town of Simaisma. There’s a nice, clean beach to drive to and it’s ideal for an evening barbecue set-up or a late afternoon swim. This beach is for families primarily. There’s a football pitch, a playground, a park nearby and a really old mosque. There’s also a Sidra for you to stock up, and even a couple of shops and restaurants in the town. You can’t camp here as the beach closes at night.
GPS: 25.573903, 51.487584.
Before you hit Dukhan area, you’ll find an exit on the highway that leads to Zekreet. Qatar’s very own version of the Grand Canyon features scattered limestone formations and plenty of cliffs and ridges. If you’re into rock climbing, Musfir Sinkhole is in the area. Richard Serra’s East-West/West-East (massive, towering bronze plates that cast shadows when the sun sets) is also around, if you want to get up close to some striking art located in the middle of the desert.
GPS: 25.597897, 50.827828.