Jebel Fuwairit Beach is sitting just a few hundred meters north of the popular Fuwairit Beach. Even on weekends it attracts less crowds than Fuwairit beach to the south. Thus it is a good off-the-beaten-path beach alternative in Qatar. It offers dramatic rock formations, shallow water and is a hot spot for local rock-climbers.
Rocky cliffs, white sand & dolphins
This is one of the few places in all of Qatar, that rises up steeply. And even though Jebal means mountain in arabic, Jebel Fuwairit is rather a small rocky hill. It boasts ridges, small cracks and a cliff. Due to erosion, the cliff is overhanging and broken into rocks, that dot the beach. When standing on top of the ridge the view out to the sea is spectacular. The water has deep blue color and the sand is a perfect off-white. When staying overnight, in the early morning, sometimes you can spot dolphins. You can find some native plants in Jebel Fuwairit. Particularly in the cooler season you can find beautiful flowers like:
- Heron’s bill
- the mustard-seed like Farsetia
- Jaffa Groundsel. (an arabic name is: شيخة رمادية or Sheikha gray)
- Sunrose (Helianthemum)
Fuwairit Beach’s quiet neighbor
Even though Jebel Fuwairit beach increased its popularity recently, it is relatively quiet even on weekends. A short walk along the rocky cliffs, particularly towards the northern end, usually allows you to find a private spot. Especially during morning and afternoon, the rocks create interesting contrasts. Therefore the site is a perfect for photography. Most of all for landscape, yet for portrait pictures too.
Swimming, snorkeling, rock-climbing, hiking at Jebel Fuwairit Beach
Jebel Fuwairit Beach is quieter due to its location. Reaching the place with a Sedan is hard, hence some people assume it is too risky. However you can get there in a 5-10 minute walk. During high tide you can swim almost everywhere along the beach/rocks. The whole area can have sea-urchins, therefore we recommend to wear water shoes. By far the best way to explore the waters is through snorkeling. During low-tide you can also walk on the exposed rocks to look for shells and other sea-animals. Did you ever hear about rock-climbing in Qatar? Jebel Fuwairit Beach is one such place. Here you can find dozens of bouldering problems on sand-stone. This is especially relevant, as almost all other climbing spots in Qatar consist of soft dolomite or clay. Bouldering is a form of climbing in low heights. It is performed without a rope, yet crash-pads are used to soften any fall. Due to the proximity of the water, it is recommended only to climb two hours before and after low-tide. If the weather is pleasant, you can also hike all around Jebel Fuwairit. It gives plenty of opportunities to explore, take pictures and enjoy the view on the surrounding landscape – even with kids.
Best Time to go to Jebel Fuwairit Beach
- Seasonally we recommend to go, when outside temperatures do not exceed 35°C during the day. However there are a number of rocks, at which you can find some shadow. Therefore you can also go at hotter days, if you are adventurous and immune to heat. Just remember to take lots of water and head-cover.
- If you want to go on the weekend, either go early morning, or later in the afternoon/evening. Particularly on fridays, people will show up much later.
- If you want to snorkel or swim, you best go during high-tide. (check http://qweather.gov.qa/Tide.aspx and select Jabel Fuwairat from the map)
Best way to Jebel Fuwairit Beach
- Drive north on Shamal Highway for about 88 km until you reach the Exit to Ain Sinan / Fuwairit. Up on the bridge take a right turn.
- Continue until just before you reach the village. Turn left onto the unpaved dry dirt-road. The road with make a very slight right curve leading to Fuwairit beach. Do not drive all the way to the beach. Continue along the dirt-road that leads parallel to the rocky hills in the distance. Continue for 900 metres until you see tracks leading up the hill. The coordinates of a suitable spot to park: 26.044024, 51.362384 Google Maps
- Park your car at the bottom of the hill and walk up the hill and down again on the other side. There are many different spots. From the top of the hill look out for light turqouise water or light sand. Therefore you will find the best spots for swimming and snorkeling.
- Drive south on Shamal Highway until you reach the Exit to Ain Sinan / Fuwairit. Up on the bridge take a left turn towards the other side of the highway.
- Continue with the directions from Doha 2.