Going to the Beach - A Review of Qatar's Public Beaches
Qatar has a coastline that is over 560 kilometres long. In most places it slopes gently into the sea, offering shallow warm waters and golden sandy beaches for visitors to enjoy.
There are plenty of beaches to choose from around the country. In and around Doha and other major urban areas, there are numerous private beaches, generally owned and maintained by hotels, clubs and resorts. Private beaches are well equipped with modern conveniences and charge a fee for entry. However, from the inner city to the furthest tip of Qatar’s shores, there are a host of free public beaches just waiting to be explored.
Each of Qatar’s public beaches is unique and offers something different for visitors to see and do. Some are perfect for water sports, some for relaxing, and some are great to take the kids to. Many beaches offer an assortment of facilities, and some are untouched wild beaches. Some can be reached easily by car or public transport, and other, more remote stretches of sand need a 4x4 vehicle to get there. All of the beaches have something to offer and are worth a visit.
Check the map to see where some of Qatar’s best public beaches are located. Or click on the lists below to find out more information on our ‘Top Pick’ beaches for facilities, for families and for adventure.
Best Beaches for Facilities
- Al Khor
- Al Ruwais
- Al Wakrah (Souq)
Great Family Beaches
- Al Wakrah (Family)
- Umm Bab
Top Adventure Beaches
- Al Maroona
- Al Thakhira
- Khor Al Udeid
If you would prefer to spend the day at the beach in comparative luxury, why not try one of Qatar’s hotel beaches? There are an array of private hotel beaches and resorts on offer - check out our Beach Life Escapes article.
Or maybe you fancy a trip out to one of Qatar’s islands, or exploring the sights away from the beach? Read through our Qatar’s Coastal Attractions article to find out more.