FOR THE ADVENTURE SEEKER
Qatar’s capital city has an abundance of possibilities for those looking for thrills, including sandboarding, camel rides, pearl diving, windsurfing and more (your expert concierge can assist you with reservations and arrangements). Doha is also ideal for anyone willing to venture off the beaten path. One hour northwest of town lies the Al Reem Biosphere Reserve, a rare regional ecosystem that’s been recognized by UNESCO, and that the Qatari government has pledged to protect and preserve. The Reserve is home to spectacular landscapes and endangered wildlife, such as the sand gazelle and the Arabian oryx.
For the ultimate only-in-Qatar experience, there’s the “singing dunes,” located just 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) outside the city. The abrasive qualities of Qatar’s sand, coupled with the area’s wind and moisture conditions, give rise to a delightful “song” that occurs naturally in the dunes. The music can also be triggered by sliding down the face of the dune or running along its crest, whereupon each footstep creates not only an audible hum, but also a physical sensation that vibrates through the soles of the feet.