Despite its small size, Qatar is a country that offers a diversity of attractions and activities to choose from. On the one hand, you can enjoy a high-end brunch in one of Doha’s luxury hotels or explore the various museums around town. On the other, you can go out in the desert or wander around a traditional Souq.
Well, the desert safari is one of the most unique experiences one can have in the Middle East and especially in Qatar! It’s a must-do activity that will get your heart racing; for all the good reasons of course.
In this article, we have gathered all the different desert adventures you can try, so that you can choose the one that caters best to your needs.
1. Arrange your desert safari with a private guide/ Stay overnight
There are many companies in Doha that organize everything for you. They will pick you up (and drop you off) from the hotel or anywhere in the city, drive you to the desert and then drive across the sand dunes with a 4x4 vehicle with specially-trained drivers. You can, of course, let your guide know how you’d like the drive to be; they can either go smoothly or if you need some excitement, let them know that you’re into a bumpy ride! Apart from the drive, most packages include the following:
• Camel riding
• Complimentary Gahwa and Karak drinks
• A stop over to admire the beautiful panoramic views and of course, take photos
• Views of the breathtaking sunset
There are also packages that include a meal in the traditional Qatari way, along with Arabian dances.
Prices start from QAR 170 per person for a 4-hour ride. The 8-hour safari with lunch or dinner will be around QAR 560 per person. Different prices may apply for groups.
There’s the option to spend the night at the desert. What an experience that would be! Companies can arrange a sleepover in a Bedouin Camp; breakfast the following morning is included.
Prices for the Overnight Desert Safari start from QAR 600 per person.
Find below a few companies that organize desert safaris:
2. Arrange your desert safari with the Mighty Monster Bus
An alternative way to explore Qatar’s desert! This off-road bus is truly unique as it’s specialized for the sand dunes.
Your guide will collect you from anywhere in the city. The package also includes refreshing beverages, photos with camels and a fun drive around the sand dunes. Prices start from QAR 280 for a 3-hour ride and QAR 500 for a 6-hour ride.
3. Do it on your own
If you are an adventurous type of person and want full control of the fun, then you can rent a vehicle and go out in the desert! The rental company will provide all the necessary details and information, such as the route you need to follow, what to avoid and what to be careful of.
Prices vary depending on the company.
• Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes
• Use sun protection
• Don’t forget your hat and sunglasses
• Carry a jacket or a hoodie with you, as the night can be chilly
• Bring a change of clothes if you spend the night at the desert
The desert safari is a lifetime experience worth living when visiting Qatar. There are various options for you to choose from, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the ride!