If you’re heading to Qatar for the World Cup this December, there’s more to it than football beyond the action of the big matches – on land, in the air and at sea.
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Football fans heading to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in December can be kicking the pitch with plenty of experience on dry land – and in the warm waters of the Persian Gulf.
From adrenaline-fueled kitesurfing to a round of golf through a serene hot air balloon flight, there’s a lot to keep England in and hopefully one of Wales or Scotland’s supporters entertained for a while. days without matches.
On the surface of the water
The Gulf around Qatar has clear water and an average temperature of 27°C, which is ideal for supporting marine life and water sports.
Kitesurfing: Fuwairit Beach is one of Qatar’s most popular spots for its combination of surfing, windsurfing and windsurfing.
It is a popular sport in Qatar and the northern location is an hour and 15 minutes drive from the capital, Doha.
Diving: People have been going underwater in Qatar since the 19th century, when pearl diving was a major source of income.
Today’s divers, novices or experts alike, can explore beautiful coral reefs teeming with life and mysterious shipwrecks.
Kayaking: The best way to explore the natural formations of Al Thakira Mangrove Forest, north of Doha, is by kayaking. In this way, you can explore the flora and fauna of the country’s nature reserves in the Inland Sea bordering Saudi Arabia.
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Visitors can paddle through the calm waters to spot herons and flamingos sheltering in the salt-encrusted branches. Tour operators offer sunrise and moonlight trips along with training and guides.
In the desert
The desert south of Doha is much more than just miles of sand, with tranquillity and speed.
Alcohol Bashing: Get your heart pumping on the 4×4 desert track, where a pro racer blasts the dunes.
Be warned, it can be a very hectic ride, so if it’s a bit much, ask the driver to ease up.
A 4×4 desert safari might also include the “singing” dunes of the Mesaieed and the Inland Sea, the only place in the world where the sea encroaches on the desert. There is also the opportunity to stay overnight in a traditional Bedouin camp.
Camel Riding: Desert ships play an integral role in Qatar’s history and heritage, being part of the daily lives of the Bedouin nomadic tribes for centuries.
Trips are available around the country – usually after 4pm because the sun is less intense – but for a taste of tradition, join a camel tour in the desert around the Inland Sea.
Slide: As the name suggests, it’s basically sand skiing. Riders can cross the sand dunes against the blue background of the Inland Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- More information and reservations: from £76 for two. viator.com
In the sky
A bird’s-eye view of Qatar offers a most breathtaking view of its natural wonders and landscapes.
Parachute: One for the true adrenaline junkies, take in the views from 12,000ft all the way down to the drop zone at Ash Shafallahiyah, which offers some of the best and most suitable weather for skydiving in the area.
Parallel dance with an experienced instructor at hand.
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Hot air balloon: Take a sunrise tour for unforgettable views of Doha and the desert landscape.
Qatar also hosted a hot air balloon festival with a sunrise and night light experience.
Parachute: For starters, a parachute is a three-wheeled cart that’s powered – only at light speeds – by both an engine and propeller and supported by a paraglider.
Riders can sit back, relax and enjoy the view of Sealine Beach at 500-1,000ft with a licensed pilot.
Humps, bunkers and smoke
Have you been in the water, in the desert and in the sky, but still want more? Try these three.
Camel racing: World Cup fans can swap soccer for races at Al Shahaniya track. Professional camel racing has been held in Qatar since 1972 and has a dedicated TV channel.
Races take place weekly and feature camels with toddler-sized, remote-controlled robots dressed in colorful silks.
See the stables, watch the action from the stands or experience up close the track in 4×4.
Golf: Some of the best courses in the Middle East await you, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for scratch card players or those with high handicaps.
The Education City Golf Club in Doha features three main courses designed by two-time Masters winner José María Olazábal, the first TrackMan training course in the area, and a variety of learning programs.
Doha Golf Club, also in the capital and one of the oldest in the area, opened in 1998, it boasts an “oasis in the heart of the city”. Play at sunrise and sunset under the night lights and enjoy the dramatic skyscraper skyline views.
Water park: The Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park at Hilton Salwa Resort, on the southwest coast, covers 14 acres and features 28 rides and rides, including fast-moving rivers, surf dunes, and fast slides . Once you’re dry, there will be go-karts and laser tags.
- More information and reservations: child (height under 1.2 metres) £30, including the second child free; £40 adult including a free second adult.
- All prices per person unless specified
https://www.mirror.co.uk/travel/news/qatar-activities-world-cup-football-26468550 Qatar activities for fans of World Cup football - from 4x4 desert safaris and camel racing to scuba diving and sand surfing