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Dune Bashing in Mesaieed

Dune Bashing in Mesaieed

Dunes. Mesaieed, Qatar. Taken by Tyanna LC.

Dunes. Mesaieed, Qatar. Taken by Tyanna LC.

Last week, I told you all about the Al Corniche in Doha. This week, I want to tell you about dune bashing. One thing I love about driving in Canada, is the winter. In the snow it is the one time, you can do fishtails and slip and slide. When in the middle of the desert, snow is non-existent. With Qatar being in the dust bowl, sand is equivalent to the white substance. In the desert, with a 4 × 4, you can venture and go dune bashing.

Qatar’s Wasteland. Mesaieed, Qatar. Taken by Tyanna LC.

Qatar’s Wasteland. Mesaieed, Qatar. Taken by Tyanna LC.

Now, what is Dune Bashing? Heading out into the wasteland is not just flat terrain, it is a bumpy trip on giant dunes that are firm and large like hills. Dunes are a little riskier, though. Sand is not like a hill of solid dirt, it moves. It can collapse if you get too close to the edge, and the drops vary. It can be terrifying to drive down. Going over the edge and not knowing how far the drop is or the angle can be horrifying as the driver, or even passenger. Ideally, dune bashing is a lot like off-roading in North America, only a lot more sand than mud. Thus, you might not want a Jeep with the top down, but something a little more closed off so you don’t get too dirty with the sand. It is a great experience for all family members, as you will not forget the thrill of dune bashing.

Free as Can be. Mesaieed, Qatar.

Free as Can be. Mesaieed, Qatar.

Where do I go to dune bash, probably your next question, right? From Doha, head south towards Mesaieed. Afterwards, there are a lot of signs for you to follow to rent the dune buggy, or an ATV, or even a camel. From there can ride along the dunes further south towards Saudi Arabia and see more desert, or stay in sight of the water. You don’t even have to take your 4 x 4 car, you could easily rent one of the vehicles they have to offer.

Just Move! Mesaieed, Qatar.

Just Move! Mesaieed, Qatar.

While you are out, you may as well make it a whole day full of fun in the sun! Go down by the water and enjoy the beach, the water is so warm, and it can be great for a picnic if you pick the right time of day and time of the year. In the winter, the current going through the Persian Gulf is cold, but during the spring and the summer the current is warm. During April and May the heat is not too bad, so the full day of sun will not be too hot. The weather is perfect to lay in your bikini along the gulf and just relax. You’ll fall in love with the teal water, and the sea shells you can find in the shallow waters.

Essentials for your dune bashing trip:

Water: Going anywhere in Doha, or Qatar, you need to bring water and tons of it. Due to the direct sunlight, and intense heat, you are going to want lots of liquids to stay hydrated.

Uh, is this Safe? Mesaieed, Qatar

Uh, is this Safe? Mesaieed, Qatar

Tissues: As a woman, I highly recommend bringing tissue with you. Due to my North American privilege, I had never had to use a hole in the ground as a toilet. Because it is mostly desert, you might not find a leaf like you would camping.

Pack yourself lots of food so that you don’t get hungry. Something with a lot of juice is probably the best option, as you’ll be more hydrated. 

Bring sunscreen, if you are anything like me, you will burn. Lather up and don’t miss any part of your body; otherwise you will have a lovely red sun burn for the trip home. I got one, and it was simply because I forgot to do my chest. It was not pretty.

What Even is This? Bones? Mesaieed, Qatar.

What Even is This? Bones? Mesaieed, Qatar.

Unplug, and just admire the view. Though I did do a lovely photoshoot in the water, I tried to stay off my phone as much as possible so that I could truly enjoy the beauty of Persian Gulf. You’ll fall in love with the sunset and the teal water turning dark blue with the sky. Get your friends together and just enjoy each other’s company. It is the perfect little vacation without going very far from Doha. It is also relatively cheap to go out in the dunes if you already have  a car, or know someone who does own any 4 × 4 vehicles. Otherwise rent out a truck and head south to Mesaieed.

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Al Corniche, Doha

Al Corniche, Doha