„There is nothing to do in Qatar, it’s very boring here.“ This is what we hear often meeting new people in Doha. Even tourists, who have never been to Qatar enter the country with these prejudices. Do you know about hidden forts, glowing bioluminescence in the sea, the low-pitch sounds of singing sand dunes, beautiful sandy beaches and flamingoes in lush green mangrove forests? We, the Offbeat Qatar Team want to share these and more places with you.
The Offbeat Qatar Team
We are a bunch of adventurous people who want to equip you with all the information you need to explore unique and authentic places in Qatar.
Qatar deserves more than only to be seen as a boring and artificial stop-over. We believe weekends can be used for small micro-adventures in nature and in the city, to recharge and escape from everyday life.
Our core team represents a great mix of cultures and personalities: we are from Comoros, Germany, India, Netherlands and Yemen. Furthermore a large group of people are contributing to this project and you can be part of it as well!
Offbeat into the nature
All places are there for you to explore and enjoy. Please keep these locations clean and tidy! Please take all your trash to the nearest trash container (In case there are no containers, take your trash back to the city!). We would like to encourage you to also pick a few pieces of plastic left behind by others.
Our Motto: Leave only tracks or foot-prints and take only pictures. Or even:
Leave it better than you found it.
Protect our nature!
Flora and Fauna have a hard time surviving in this harsh climate. Please respect these survival skills and stay on the tracks, not killing anything along your way.
This guide is made for you. Have fun, explore, discover and enjoy the beautiful places in Qatar.
The Qatar Natural History Group lists the following code of conduct when moving in the wild and observing wildlife:
- Keep your visit brief and quiet.
- Moving slowly permits wildlife to become accustomed to human presence. Never let your presence cause the animal any distress. In the sign of any distress, pull back.
- Do not entice a wild animal with food (baiting).
- Keep your distance, especially from nests, dens, and other animals; never separate young from their parents.
- Replace any rocks or logs overturned when searching for aquatic or terrestrial animals.
- Wild animals should never be handled, except in cases of emergency.
- Leave wild plants in their natural habitat and do not pick or uproot them unless they are to be destroyed through development.
- Desert roses and fossils should not be removed from the desert.
- Never disturb the habitat of endangered, rare, uncommon, or threatened plants or animals, particularly during reproductive cycles or breeding seasons.
- Whenever possible stay on existing roads and trails to avoid trampling, and reduce the disturbance to wildlife and their habitats.
- Carry a litter bag and carry out any trash, even if it isn’t your own.
The Offbeat Qatar team.