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Top Outdoor Adventures to Try out in Doha - Must-Experience Activities

As one of the Middle East's most engaging holiday hubs Doha offers activity buffs a plethora of intriguing options. From dune bashing to hitting the waves here are Doha's top outdoor activities.

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Often regarded as one of the most popular outdoor activities in Doha, exploring the wild terrains of Qatar is a rewarding experience that is open to all trekking, hiking and camping enthusiasts touring the country. Littered with engaging trails one of the main highlights for nature lovers exploring uncharted territory in Doha is of course the Umma Tais reserve. Lined with mangrove forests and natural islands this breathtaking corner of the desert is home to a variety of marine animals including turtles and a plethora of birds. A revered hotspot for bird watching enthusiasts the area is not the only protected area in Doha as the coast of Al Thakhira is another popular birding hotspot thanks to its mangrove filled landscape. The lagoon and tide lake of Khor Al Adaid and other areas ideal for hiking and trekking enthusiasts include Al Reem and Ras Abrouq.

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Surfing Safari

Some of the most popular water sports in the world are also available in Doha with kite surfing and windsurfing leading the way. With excellent wind conditions for both sports prevalent throughout most of the year Doha's popularity as a surfing hub is attributed to the strong wind condition known as "shamal" gusts or breezes. Kitesurfing fans can head down to the Zeekret Lagoon found on Fuwairit beach where the climate and water settings are ideal for even beginners trying their hand at wind surfing and kite surfing.

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Sailing Adventures

Often regarded as one of the most rewarding activities one can experience in Doha sailing is a popular hobby of locals as well as expats in the city. Exploring the limitless expanses of the Arabian Gulf, this activity is accessible to travellers of all ages and fitness levels. As an activity that can be enjoyed as a group, sailing in Doha is primarily dominated by the competitions organized by the Doha Sailing Club which stages the annual Qatar International Regatta. Those with an interest in setting sail while in Doha can consult the club for further information while windsurfing lessons are also available through the venue. Those based in Somerset West Bay Doha or other serviced apartments Doha counts among its best rests can easily book an excursion to the area.

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Adventures on Sand

As unique activities that can only be enjoyed in the desert, sand boarding and sand skiing are other must-try outdoor excursions while on a tour of Doha. Heading to the dunes visitors can soar across tall sand dunes on an apparatus similar to a snowboard. Most beaches in and around Doha are also ideal for sand boarding activities while sand skiing involves gear used for skiing in the snow to glide across sand dunes at breakneck speeds. The best areas to engage in these activities include the Khor Al Adaid area where the landscapes are littered with towering sand dunes.

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Dive Beneath the Vast Blue Ocean

Home to some of the most breathtaking underwater gardens in the Arabian Gulf, Doha is the ideal place to invest in a diving tour. With countless marine species occupying its azure waters divers can hope to spot dolphins, sea snakes, rays, turtles and numerous other creatures. Diving hotspots include the Udaid's Inland Sea and the Messaid's Old Club Reef where barracudas and groupers occupy the waters. The nearby New Club Reef is equally captivating while wreck divers can explore the Al-Sharqi area.