Top 10 Best Beaches in Doha (Updated 2022)

If you’re in or heading to Doha, you must stop by and visit the incredible beaches the area offers. What are the best beaches in Doha?

Doha, Qatar, is home to numerous beaches that edge the Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf). The area is mainly known for Katara beach and Al Wakrah beach, but there are hidden gems if you know where to look. Some beaches can only be accessed by offroading or tour guides.

It sounds like some beaches can be quiet and private. In this article, we’ll discuss the top ten beaches around Doha.

Best Beaches in Doha

Most of these beaches are deserted and require you to find your own transportation to and from while also bringing everything you’ll need for the day. It’s local practice for men and women to be covered from elbows to knees on the public beaches. On hotel and resort beaches, bikinis and swim trunks are more accepted.

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Katara Beach

Katara Beach is located directly in Doha and part of the infamous Katara Village, a public art and culture development. The beach is excellent for families and offers numerous activities like waterskiing, kneeboarding, parasailing, and speed boat rides.

A range of cultural events always takes place in Katara Village and is great for relaxing after a day of fun on the sand. Art galleries, local theater shows, and small restaurants give this area a modern yet familial feeling to all visitors.

Four Seasons Beach

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The Four Seasons Beach is private and part of the Four Seasons Hotel. Because of its private status, the beach is more luxurious than other beaches in the area. Hotel staff waits on guests at the beach by taking drink orders, fetching towels, providing water, and more while you rest under a beach cabana. 

Even though the beach is private, it doesn’t mean you have to stay at the Four Seasons Hotel. If you choose a different residency or live in the area, you can purchase a day pass to enjoy the beach. This also grants you full access to the facilities.

Umm Bab Beach (Palm Tree Beach)

Located on the west coast, about 80 km away from Doha, Umm Bab Beach is known as Palm Tree Beach to the locals because of the palm trees that dot the coastline. Many families choose to camp here thanks to the bathroom facilities and a kids’ play area. A small shop is located at the entrance to the beach and sells souvenirs and food. 

Sealine Beach

Sealine Beach is a combination resort and public beach at the southern end of the Qatar peninsula. It’s up to you if you want to stay a few nights at the resort or if you want to purchase a day pass. The day pass includes the resort’s facilities and loungers, pools, umbrellas, and restaurants. 

I recommend renting a dune buggy to explore the entire length of the beach. You can bring a bag to collect any shells, sea glass, or driftwood that you find. You wouldn’t want to miss anything!

Al Thakira Beach

Al Thakira Beach is less than an hour’s drive north of Doha and is one of Qatar’s largest mangrove reserves, meaning this beach is shallow but fascinating. If you’ve never kayaked through mangroves, I highly recommend it. You’ll be able to see birds, fish, and other wildlife.

There are kayak tours in Thakira if you’re worried about going alone. This beach is less about sunbathing and more about the nature around you. If you know how to gut a fish, bring a grill and cook a fresh-caught one for dinner while you watch the sunset. Now that’s seeing nature.

Zekreet Beach

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Zekreet Beach is on the West coast, around 40 minutes from Doha. This is the beach for you if you’re more interested in geologic rock formations, a fort, a few archaeological digs, and even an abandoned film set. You will need a four-wheel drive vehicle to reach the rocky beach since there aren’t any facilities.

The beach is famous for its half-moon bay and limestone outcroppings shaped like giant mushrooms. Make sure to come prepared since this is a secluded beach without facilities or potable water. On your way coming from or going to the beach, stop by the ‘East-West / West-East’ art installation.

Simaisma Beach

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Simaisma Beach is just 45 km north of Doha and features another wide beach with shallow waters and plenty of mangroves. This isn’t the beach for you if you want to kick back on hot, dry sand and watch your kids play in the water, but it is for you if you’re interested in getting down and dirty in muddy sand while looking for crabs.

There are plenty of amenities to make it an enjoyable family outing. Toilets, shaded areas, playgrounds, and a soccer pitch are only a few. In Simaisma village, you’ll find restaurants and shops. You’ll want to bring a change of clothes for yourself and your kiddos if you plan on going out afterward! The thick sand sticks to everything. Trust me.

Fuwairit Beach

Fuwairit Beach is located near the northern tip of the Qatar peninsula and is 85 km from Doha. This beach is an incredible sight because of its white and pink sand covered in all sizes of shells. The contrast to the rich, blue water is worth the time exploring.

There are a few important things to remember about Fuwairit Beach:

  • There are no facilities, so bring everything you need
  • There is limited natural shade and no potable water
  • The beach is closed between April and July for the Hawksbill Turtle breeding season

Al Wakrah Beach

Al Wakrah Beach is 25 minutes south of Doha and is home to mangroves, making it a great place to walk around and find small fish or wildlife. The city of Al Wakrah has shops and restaurants, while the beach has barbeque locations and playgrounds. 

Most don’t go swimming here, thanks to the beach’s large tidal range. A lot of the immediate water is exceptionally shallow, and fluctuations depend on the day and time of year. The sand is lighter against the sea and a rich gold color the further you step away from the water.

The beach is much ‘wider’ than other beaches because of the tidal range, but I promise it’s worth every step. You’ll be able to find crabs, small fish, and seashells in the water between the sand bars. Even though this isn’t a beach to swim at, the walk on the sand is well worth the drive.

Inland Sea

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I’ve put Inland Sea beach as the last on this list because it’s slightly different from the previous options. This beach is 2.5 hours from Doha and only accessible by four-wheeling or some rough offroading. I recommend you find a guide or join a tour because the beach is 28km off the nearest main road. 

It’s well worth the time and drive. This is one of the few places in the entire world where the sea directly meets sand dunes, hence giving the beach its name of Inland Sea. Because of its seclusion, you’ll need to bring everything for the day, including shade and water.

If you have the time, check the beach out at both high and low tide. During low tide, you’ll see a magical terrain full of sea life just below the water’s surface. At high tide, the dunes gracefully dip into the water and make for a fun time wading and splashing around.

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Summary

Doha has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, so it’s no surprise that so many people flock to them each year. If you’re looking for a quick afternoon stroll, Katara beach is the one for you. If you’re interested in a day trip, Inland Sea is a once-in-a-lifetime sight. If you’d like to camp or spend more than one day on the beach, check out Umm Bab Beach.

FAQs

Does Doha have good beaches? 

Doha has gorgeous, sandy beaches all along the Persian Gulf. This is thanks to the city being the capital of a desert country. While some beaches are privately associated with hotels, there are plenty of public beaches for tourists, locals, and families to visit.

Can you swim in Doha beaches?

You can swim at any of the beaches in Doha, though there are a few where it isn’t recommended. Katara Beach is known for its watersports and swimming, while Al Wakrah Beach is too shallow to swim safely. Check with local guides to know which beaches are safe for swimming and best for exploring.

How far is Doha from the beach?

The closest beach to Doha is 20 minutes and is extremely close to the city’s center. This is Katara Beach and is found in the Katara Village, a public art location. One of the furthest beaches is Inland Sea beach, which is over 2 hours from Doha, is 28 km off the road, and is only accessible and a four-wheeler.

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