Situated on the northeastern tip of Qatar, just before Fuwairit Beach, Al Maroona is a natural treasure trove; the sand is soft and golden and the sea a big, warm paddling pool full of fascinating sea life to explore. We saw a starfish, tiny hermit crabs, plenty of fish and even a turtle! Visitors may see jellyfish as well, but this needn’t put you off—the clarity of the water makes them very easy to spot.
Your water babies and little swimmers will love playing in the shallow water. Nonetheless, as with many of Qatar’s beaches, you would have to walk quite a distance to immerse yourself in the water and swim properly.
Don’t forget your bucket and spade—the sand is perfect for building sand castles. However, when you hit the beach, you may notice deep holes with mounds of sand right next to them. Ghost crabs have dug these holes and there might just be one taking cover inside. This is good to know should one pop out as you’re tucking in to a sandwich and give you a fright! Don’t worry, they are not dangerous and will scurry back in when they see you.
Wild, undeveloped and natural, Al Maroona is a great place to come and escape the city—arrive early in the morning and be the first ones there.