Desert safaris in Qatar: All you need to know

Desert safaris in Qatar: All you need to know

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

The boots, scarves, and hot chocolate weather we have all been yearning for is finally here. With temperatures dropping gradually around Qatar and everyone looking for excitement outdoors, what better way to enjoy the excellent weather than heading out to the desert? From thrilling adventures including dune-bashing and sand-boarding to simply enjoying the tranquil and scenic beauty the landscape offers, a trip to the desert has something for everyone this season.

If you are yet to visit the desert in Qatar, here is all you need to know!

What to expect in the desert in Qatar and how to prepare?

Temperatures can vary and are dependent on wind speed. Due to the varying temperature, it is best to dress in layers and carry an extra jacket for sudden temperature drops.

Your time in the desert can also get quite dusty, and coupled with the cold weather it is advisable to wear a hat or scarf and comfortable walking shoes. Avoid wearing jeans or fancy clothing and jewelry.

Lastly, remember to have a light meal before your desert adventure. A trip to the desert can get quite bumpy and you wouldn’t want a bad stomach! 

What should you pack?

Most tour companies provide essentials including first aid and water bottles. Remember to carry a backpack with things you cannot do without including prescription medication, eye drops, sunscreen, wet wipes and toilet paper. If you are brave enough to swim in the waters, pack your beach essentials including appropriate swimwear, a towel and a change of clothes. For overnight stays, remember to bring your toiletries, a change of clothes, extra socks and scarves.

Where to book a desert safari in Qatar?

365 Adventures by Peninsula Compass Tourism

This season 365 Adventures offers you the choice of two desert safari packages:

(1) Quickie to the desert
This includes an eventful 4-hour trip in a 4x4 SUV, featuring a stop to see camels, dune bashing, driving by the ‘Singing Sand Dunes’, a panoramic view stop for those stunning pictures, and a visit to the Inland Sea. Pick-up and drop-off can be pre-arranged anywhere within Doha city and Sealine.
Pick-up timings: Sunrise safari at 5:00 am, morning safari at 8:00 am and sunset safari at 2:00 pm.
Rate: From QAR 190 per person

(2) Relax at the Inland Sea
With a 6-hour trip in a 4x4 SUV, this offer includes a stop at the camel area, dune bashing, driving by the Singing Sand Dunes, a panoramic view stop and Inland Sea visit. This package also includes the option to swim at the Inland Sea. Pick-up and drop-off can be pre-arranged anywhere within Doha city and Sealine.
Pick up timings: sunrise safari at 5:00 am, morning safari at 7:00 am and sunset safari at 1:00 pm.
Rate: From QAR 198 per person

Bottled water and insurance are included in the rate. However, camel rides and sand board rentals are offered separately.

Contact: Please visit their website or call them on 33393323 for reservations.

Arabian Adventures Qatar

Experience the spellbinding landscape of the desert with these three packages by Arabian Adventures:

(1) Half day tour
Enjoy a 4-hour trip to the desert in a 4x4 SUV including dune bashing and a stopover at Inland Sea.
Timings: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm OR 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Rates: Dependent on number of individuals

(2) Full day tour
Featuring a 7-hour trip to the desert in a 4x4 SUV, including dune bashing and a stopover at Inland Sea. After watching the sunset, head over to the desert beach camp for swimming, volleyball and dinner. All camp facilities can be made use of except for tents.
Timings: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm OR 2:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Rates: Dependent on number of individuals

(3) Overnight desert safari
This offer includes an overnight stay in the desert after an exciting dune bashing adventure and stopover at the picturesque Inland Sea. After sunset head over to the desert beach camp for exciting activities. This package includes a breakfast and a dinner buffet, free use of all available facilities and a private tent for your overnight stay.
Timings: 2:30 pm – 8:00 am
Rates: Dependent on number of individuals

Optional activities include camel rides and falcon viewing, which are charged separately for all packages. All packages provide full off-road insurance with pick up and drop off pre-arranged as required.

Contact: Please visit their website or call them on 66031820 for reservations

Doha Bus 

Opt for Doha Bus and head into the desert in a one of a kind monster bus! Doha Bus provides you with the option of heading into the desert in a 4x4 SUV or monster bus. This safari season they offer you the following tours:

(1) Monster Bus tour
The tour starts at the Sealine kiosk, taking approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, one way. It includes a brief stop at the desert camp for refreshments and photo opportunities, before heading back.
Timings: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

(2) Half day desert safari
The tour includes an exciting drive through the desert, a stop for refreshments and great photo opportunities before heading back.
Timings: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm OR 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

(3) Full day desert safari with Al Majles Resort stay
The tour includes an exciting drive through the desert, a stop at Al Majles Resort where you can enjoy swimming, and camel rides and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner before heading back.
Timings: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm OR 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rates are dependent on the number of people and vary depending on the mode of transport used (i.e 4x4 SUV or monster bus). Each SUV can accommodate up to 6 adults while the monster bus can accommodate up to 32 adults. Pick-up and drop off can be pre-arranged upon request. For those opting for the Monster Bus Tour, the meeting point will be at the at the Sealine kiosk. 

Contact: Please visit their website or call them on 44422444 for reservations

Qatar Inbound Tours

Qatar Inbound Tours also brings multiple desert safari packages on their website including:

(1) Half day desert tour with lunch or dinner
Timings:
9:30 am - 4:00 pm OR 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

(2) Overnight desert camping at Inland Sea
Timings:
2:00 pm - 9:00 am the following day

(3) Inland Sea tour
Timings:
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

(4) Sunrise tour
Timings:
4:00 am – 8:00 am

(5) Sunset tour
Timings
: 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Please note that the availability of tours depend on your departure date. Rates are dependent on the number of individuals per tour, with a minimum requirement of 2 packs. Pick-up and drop-off can be pre-arranged upon request. Rates include off road insurance, bottled water, Arabic tea, coffee and soft drinks. Additional activities including camel rides and sand boarding are are charged separately.

Contact: Please visit their website or call them on 55531002 for reservations

Note: Tour timings may vary dependent on weather. Rates may vary depending on the number of individuals. Please contact your tour operator to confirm.

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