It’s easy to get caught up in the bright lights, heavy traffic and luxe life that Doha has to offer. But out in the desert, away from Doha’s dazzling skyline is a whole other world of starry skies, sandy beaches and a warm and relaxing seaside—perfect for an overnight camping trip with the family.
Elaine Woollard and her husband have been camping every year since they moved to Qatar eight years ago. Their children, Fred (5) and Samantha (4) have been camping since they were babies. Woollard says, “It’s just great to see the kids spend time outdoors and making their own fun. Sadly most of our camping crew has left Qatar recently, but we have many happy memories of the kids playing ‘Secret Seven,’ making dens and trying to persuade the dog to eat the wonderful dinner of sticks they had prepared for him.”
You may not think that Qatar has much to offer in regards to “the Great Outdoors,” but don’t let the dust and dreary sand of the city put you off. And now, October through April, is the best time to go camping in Qatar—the weather is more agreeable and the jellyfish are gone (mostly).
“Great,” you may be thinking, “but where should we camp and what do we need to bring?”