As the temperature soars in Qatar, people are looking for ways to stay cool.
In Qatar, there are many places where you can go to feel refreshed and unheated besides dinning-in, going to the cinema and doing other indoor activities. Outdoor activities especially water sports take place all year in Qatar because of the warm climate. Water sports have become very popular in Qatar, where there is a vast variety of water sports and lessons available today.
From the West Bay to Mesaieed, Marhaba puts together a list to help you know what’s available for you to splash into this summer in and outside Doha.
Aqua Park Qatar
Qatar’s first and only water park features 15 exhilarating water rides and attractions spread over an area of 50,000 square meters. Aqua Park has something to offer guests of all age groups and swimming skills. Tickets can be purchased at the gate, or online to avoid queues.
Fridays are family days with no bachelors allowed into the park. Tuesdays are exclusively ladies’ days. General entry ticket is QAR120 for adults, QAR100 for children between between 90 to 120 cm. Lockers and other necessities require extra fee.
For more information, timings, details and the latest news can be found on Aqua Park’s website or social media channels.
Katara Beach – Katara Cultural Village
One of the best beaches within Doha is Katara beach, which is Katara Cultural Village’s private beach, spanning over 1.5 km. Beach goers have a choice between enjoying a relaxed beach experience and diving into the fun with a great variety of adrenaline-boosting beach activities including water skiing, wake-boarding, knee boarding, para-sailing, windsurfing, sailing, boat rides, banana rides, sea pedal boats, canoe/kayak, hobbie cats and fishing trips.
Entrance for adults is priced at QAR100, for children between six and 16 years old is QAR50 and free entrance for kids below six years of age.
For more information or membership, contact Mousa Zeidan (Membership Coordinator) at 4408 1017 or 7710 0151 or visit Katara’s website.
Sealine Beach Resort
Owned and managed by Katara Hospitality, this is a destination for families wanting a fun-packed break in beautiful surroundings and only a 45 minute drive from Doha International Airport and the city centre. The resort attracts guests who are looking for a comfortable atmosphere and comprehensive leisure facilities. Water activities include jet skiing, banana boat and water rides including doughnut, mammoth and chariot rides. Prices for the water activities at the resort begin at QAR350. Prices vary on time and number of people per ride.
Entry to the Sealine Beach Resort is QAR175 on the weekends and QAR75 on the weekdays.
For more information or reservations, visit Sealine Beach Resort’s website or call 4476 5299.
Adventure lovers can explore a range of exciting new water sports at the waters of The Pearl-Qatar with activities like stand up paddling, water skiing, kayaking, drag racing, fishing and boating.
Charged with the management of The Pearl-Qatar’s three world-class marinas, Ronautica Middle East (RME), a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Development Company (UDC), stages a number of water activities for the public, capitalising on The Pearl-Qatar’s waterside location and upscale marina services including open water paddling, stand up paddling and a Qatar Drag Race Championship. The championship is regularly hosted by The Pearl-Qatar and attracts the cream of the Qatar and the Gulf’s aqua bike racers in four different categories: Stock, Super Stock, Open and Freestyle.
For more information, contact 4495 3876 or 800 6222, or visit The Pearl-Qatar’s website.
Independent companies promoting water/outdoor activities in Qatar:
Arabian Adventures Qatar
Beyond the desert safaris, Arabian Adventures Qatar provides fishing expeditions, dhow cruises, kayaking trips and helps you explore Qatar’s breathtaking landscapes and seascapes during their excursions to Khor Al Udeid.
For more information or bookings, call 4436 1461 or visit Arabian Adventures Qatar’s website.
Entalek is Qatar’s only Eco adventures company based in Doha. They offer a range of water based activities and other excursions around Qatar. They cater to the public as well as schools and corporate events. Entalek also offers package adventure holidays. Entalek also offers corporate team building as well as school outdoor education packages. Activities include kayaking Trips into the mangrove forest (Al Thakira) and around Doha, stand up Paddle SUP Boarding ( Boarding lessons and excursions), snorkeling Trips to a live coral reef, overnight camping kayak expeditions and moonlight kayaking events and African drumming.
For more information or bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3023 3207, or visit Entalek’s website.
Doha Sailing Club
Sailing is very popular in the Arabian Gulf and the Qatar International Regatta is a major annual event which contributes to world sailing rankings. The Doha Sailing Club promotes the sport in the area offering tuition for all levels, competitions and a social hub for sailing and rowing in the area. They have facilities for various types of boat including Optimists and Lasers. It is also possible to learn to windsurf at the Doha Sailing Club. Their website includes information on weather and tides in the area. The Doha Sailing Association also holds weekly and monthly races for laser class boats.
In addition, for serious lessons, and organised boat and fishing trips, try Regatta Sailing Academy, adjacent to the InterContinental Hotel. Contact Regatta Sailing Academy at 4484 4444.
For more information or bookings, visit Doha Sailing Club’s website.
Paddle Qatar, a Doha-based kayaking and water sports company, will be offering exciting and adventurous tours across a variety of locations in Qatar for people of all ages. Putting Qatar’s natural and scenic locations at the heart of the kayaking tours, Paddle Qatar is taking a new approach to the kayaking scene in Doha, with excursions offered to private parties, kid’s camps and educational programmes, and corporate activities. Paddle Qatar currently offers five dedicated tours which includes Mangrove Tour, MIA/Dhow Harbour Tour, Al Safliya Island Tour and Al Aaliya Island Tour.
For more information or bookings, call 5549 0895 or visit Paddle Qatar’s website.
Qatar Divers Diving and Training Center, the leading PADI accredited five-star IDC Dive Center in Doha, Qatar, was established in the end of 2008 as one of the pioneers diving and training centers here in Qatar offering a five-star World class service to the recreational diving market in Qatar.
For more information or bookings, call 4431 3331 or 5524 6651 or visit Qatar Divers’ website.
If you’re looking to simply swim, most of Qatar’s sports clubs and hotels have pools, which are open to the public. However, an entry fee is required so make sure to call the club or hotel you wish to visit and find out what the entry fee and other requirements are. Many hotels offer special packages during summer, offering day passes to their pools and beaches.
Warning though – jellyfish are commonly found in Qatar’s waters!
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