What is the Gulf region and Middle East famous for? It’s the amazing and endless deserts! It makes you rethink about the power of numbers. Sand is such small particles, but when you have a billion billion billion of it, it becomes the intimidating desert. When I was there, I saw a car stuck in the sand (picture below)! They were trying to get it out, but the more the car reverses, the worse it sank. My heart sank with it.
What’s At Sealine Desert
This trip to Doha, I visited the Sealine Desert. It is slightly off the town centre in Doha, but it only takes a short drive there. The main reason we went there was because I told Renwick that I’ve never been to a desert and he promised me sunrise.
Sealine Desert is a 30min drive from the Hamad International Airport or 40min drive from the city centre. There are sand dunes and beaches there. It is fun to drive around in the 4×4 car (4 wheel car). You might have to change your tires first, and is it possible there.
3 Things to Do at Sealine Desert
Like I said, we went there for sunrise. Luckily it was summer, so the sun rose early, at around 4am. (At the same time in Russia, the sun was fully up by 3.30am!) We drove to the desert at midnight with our extra large Döner kebab; it’s actually a Dürüm.
The sun rose slowly, illuminating the sand with its glorious red glow. The desert gradually came to light. I sank my feet into the fine cold sand feeling it getting warmer as the sun rose.
2. The Beach
There is also a beach available. The waters are not clear but you can fish there and have fun there. It was mostly males in the water, playing. There are some females, who were all Filipinos.
We took the chairs out to chill on the beach and watch the people in the water. It’s so amazing that there’s simply so much land everywhere. Cars everywhere and many people were also barbecuing on the beach after a dip in the waters.
Most of the people there are philippinos, Indians or North Africans. You rarely see locals here. However, the community of foreigners is amazing. Everyone is smiling and super friendly. Whereas the locals are a little aloof and scary, to an extent.
After chilling by the sea, we climbed up the sand dunes. Unfortunately none of us knew how to drive onto the dunes. There was a car that got stuck in the sand the entire time we were there. So it’s not as easy as you think!
I feel bad for laughing though. There was another car that got stuck halfway to the top of the dunes. And this is why we did not risk driving up the dunes. However, I did manage to drive in the desert!
Funny story there: it was my first time driving left hand drive and Renwick kindly allowed me to drive (yay you!). When I got in, everyone was pretty psyched. And when I asked one question, everyone IMMEDIATELY wore the seatbelts, sat up straight and became serious. “uh, so where’s the brakes?”
Sealine Desert Is Great For
This beach is great, especially during summer. You have exquisite Middle Eastern Tents around.
Imagine Harry Potter’s Quidditch World Cup scene with tents. People would bring their fancy canvas tents to the beach; those with beautiful carpet walls and gorgeous designs. They can rent some space in the deserts during the summer and set up their tents there. There, you can cook, spend time in the desert and play desert games.
Desert games include dune crashing and quad bikes. You might also see some interesting animals, not forgetting camels!
3 Things to Note
- It is absolutely illegal for ladies to wear bikinis. You either wear surf-wear (burkini) or clothes over your swimwear. Please follow the rules and dress appropriately in the Middle East.
- In the deserts, it’s better to drive a 4-wheel drive. There are many many many cars that got stuck in the sand and it takes forever to get them out! Remember to deflate your tires a little before entering the desert! You have a machine at the entrance of the desert to help you.
- When the sun is up, it can get really warm. I suggest that you spend more time during sunrise and leave before it gets too warm.
Deserts are a wonder dessert to the entire trip; like the cherry on top of my ice cream sundae. Here’s to more deserts to come!
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