In the middle of winter, I got to go on my first beach trip in Qatar. Located near the northern tip, Fuwairit Beach Qatar is just more than an hour drive from Doha.
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Fuwairit Beach Qatar
I had no expectations of this beach prior to going except that the wind will probably be cold. Thankfully H packed his camping gear as there is nothing in Fuwairit except the pristine and remote beach.
We first checked out Al Ghariya beach, which is a bit further up north, and found it a bit not to my liking. The sand had a lot of little trash, some of which could be dangerous once you inadvertently stepped on it (read: broken bottles and bottle tops). I guess I’m too spoiled by the beaches in Asia. But of course, here in the desert I shouldn’t expect for much. Nor compare. Still dreaming about Pink Beach though! 😉
H advised that I will like Fuwairit better so off we go to see this famous beach.
A 4×4 is really needed to if you want to explore the area around the beach, otherwise you would have to park your car a bit before the beach. But it’s all worth it though. Even though it didn’t have those umbrellas in the sand like Ghariya, Fuwairit is desolately beautiful.
Turquoise waters and fine sand greeted me. And the water is indeed crystal clear, just how I like my beaches!
Since the water is too cold to swim in, we set up our seats and started to cook our lunch. Music, food, peace, and a beautiful view. It certainly has the making of a great day out.
Later, H took me rough roading among the rock formations near the beach. It was exhilarating to be in the passenger seat as we drove around the rough rocks, aiming to be close to the beach side as possible. A lot of people also had the same idea so it was a bit before we finally secured a spot.
The rocky cliffs is surely a wonder of nature and it’s sad to see a lot of trash left behind by visitors.
I would have liked to spend more time just staring into nothingness while cool beats blare in the background, but the wind was getting too cold for me.
True enough, I got cold the next day. *sniffle*
The next time I got to Fuwairit, it was quite a perfect day. The beach was even more deserted than before, the sand whiter, and the water clearer. Maybe because the sun was shining brightly compared to my previous visit.
There were even people with their SUP (stand up paddle board), and people with their horses. They made for an even more interesting people watching.
This time too, I got to swim in the refreshingly clear waters. The waves are quite calm so that also encouraged me to stay longer in the water. It really makes me anxious and scared if the water is murky and I can’t see what’s in the water. Thankfully, the shallow waters is a long stretch before you get to the deep part.
It was also fun trying to chase the “invisible” small fishes in the shallow waters. I also felt like a little kid again trying to find cute and unique seashells with the kids.
I left Fuwairit with a thankful heart, for I didn’t expect to find paradise. And now, it has become my favorite beach here in Qatar!
It was a good thing I got to go in March, for the beach is closed from April to July because of the turtles. During these months, Hawksbill turtles nest in Fuwairit, and in other spots along the north coast of Qatar. Thankfully, Qatar has a Sea Turtles Project implemented by the Ministry.
Although some part of Fuwairit beach is still open to the public, these months are also too hot to be even in the beach during day time. Fuwairit will open again in August 1 (2017) .
Fuwairit Travel Tips
How to get there:
Just search for Fuwairit Beach on Google Maps or Waze. If you don’t have the apps, just drive along Al Shamal road to the north, and exit right on exit 79. Drive past the village and rocky hills until you get to the open beach.
What to pack:
Anything to shield you and protect you from the sun, your own food and drinks, trash bag (remember LNT!), swimwear and change of clothes, and your sense of adventure
You can buy food and drinks on the petrol stations along the way to Fuwairit beach. There are also no toilet or shower facilities here, so plan accordingly.
Best time of day to go:
Early morning or late in the afternoon
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