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Doha: Sunrise Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and Inland Sea

1. Doha: Sunrise Desert Safari with Dune Bashing and Inland Sea

Time for an adventure of a lifetime on a private jeep tour in the desert surrounding Qatar. Ride the sand dunes as the sun rises over the desert, and visit a traditional Bedouin camp. Complete your desert safari with a visit to the Inland Sea on the Saudi border. Prepare for an early start to see the sunrise over the sand dunes of Qatar. Climb aboard your jeep and embark on your desert adventure, bouncing over the famous sand dunes. Enjoy being a guest of local Bedouins and get up close and personal with camels and falcons. Learn about the Bedouin camp, a traditional Arabic-style camp, and about the Bedouin way of life. At the Bedouin camp, you have the option to enjoy a guided camel ride in the desert. Travel in the style of desert nomads for thousands of years, riding on the back of a quirky camel. Continue dune bashing all the way to the Inland Sea, on the border with Saudi Arabia. The inlet is a nature reserve and has its very own ecosystem with unique flora and fauna.

Doha North Tour:Olafur Eliasson, Zubara Fort, Jumail Village

2. Doha North Tour:Olafur Eliasson, Zubara Fort, Jumail Village

Explore northern Qatar on a guided day tour from Doha. See Eliasson's installation "Shadows Travelling on the Sea of the Day," explore the abanded fishing village, Al-Jumail, and discover the 20th-century Al Zubara fort. Begin your day with a hotel pickup in Doha. Head to Al Zubara fort in the Al Zubara Archaeological Site. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about Middle Eastern history and military life in Qatar in the 18th and 19th centuries. Next, drive into the desert, passing Ain Mohammed village, to reach Olafur Eliasson's latest public art installation, Shadows Travelling on the Sea of the Day. The desert, dotted with traces of animals, desert plants, and rock formations, expands around the installation for miles, encouraging viewers to come in contact with themselves and their surroundings. Look up to see the ceilings fitted with large mirrors reflecting the sandy ground below. The artist wants viewers to realize that when they look up, they actually look back down. Connect with your surroundings and the ground as you explore the installation. Continue to Al-Jumail Village, an abandoned pearling and fishing village. Explore this 19th-century village and learn why people left for the big cities in the 20th century. Finish your tour with a trip to the northernmost point of Qatar before returning to Doha.

From Doha: Private Tour of Northern Qatar

3. From Doha: Private Tour of Northern Qatar

After pickup from your hotel, you'll head for Al Khor, which means "sea on three sides" in Arabic. The city is older than Doha, but far smaller in size. It used to be the center of the pearling industry in Qatar. Today it boasts a scenic harbour where you can find traditional fishing dhows and a museum showcasing the fishing, pearling, and dhow-building industries. Next you'll visit a dhow repair yard where traditional dhows, which are still being used commercially in Qatar, are maintained and repaired. Learn about process of building and maintaining dhows at this specially built boat yard. From the dhow repair yard, head north to the Al Takhira Mangroves. The mangrove colony is both a major tourist attraction and an important natural environmental resource for Qatar. It provides a natural habitat and a sanctuary for birds, fish, and other animals while also preventing coastal erosion. The final stop on your tour is at Al Zubarah Fort, an important UNESCO listed archeological site on the north-western coast of Qatar. Al-Zubarah was once a flourishing port and a center of trade, fishing and pearling. An international team of archaeologists, led by the Qatar Museums Authority, have uncovered many of the artifacts which are displayed in the renovated fort.

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Our guide was very good, despite the rainy weather he made my trip unforgettable. Olafur Eliasson’s installation was stunning! Keep in mind that you need to walk to see it. It would be better to mention it in tour details. But it worth it!!! This memories will be with me all my life.