Public beaches and resorts across Qatar are among the most popular destinations for many citizens and residents to relax and spend the Eid al-Adha holidays with their families, friends, or colleagues.
Qatar’s pristine beaches at Sealine, Dukhan, and Al Khor, as well as the Katara beach in Doha, started receiving an increasing number of visitors since the weekend before Eid, it is learnt.
While many citizens and expatriates flew abroad for the Eid break, others found it practical to stay and enjoy the beauty of Qatar’s beaches and resorts during this time of the year and amid the current Covid-19 situation in various destinations globally.
“Staycation” packages and promotions at hotel beaches also attracted many families who were looking for a “comforting atmosphere” and delectable meals at reasonable rates.
“I love going to the beach because it has always been the most relaxing place for me. But because of the searing temperatures during the day, I thought of checking in at a resort here so I can take a swim in the afternoon and in the morning before it gets hot,” said Filipino expatriate Melvin S.
Besides lying on the beach for a number of hours to relax, he said he also likes the sumptuous buffet breakfast at hotels, in addition, to the one-of-its-kind spa experience that they offer.
Melvin had cancelled travel plans to other countries saying that taking a 30-day vacation in Qatar – which includes staycations, getaways, and dining with friends for a number of days – would be more enjoyable and less costly.
It is learnt that the demand for hotel beaches and resorts across Qatar surged during the holidays, offering staycation deals and packages, which include a room upgrade, complimentary breakfast, discounts on food and beverage, and spa credit vouchers, among others.
Meanwhile, like other public beaches, the Katara beach and its several water activities such as boat rides (with a fee) also attracted many visitors during the holidays. Entry to the beach costs QR50 for adults (weekend) and QR25 (weekdays), QR25 for children from 7 to 17, and it is free for children (and nannies) below 7 years old.
Apart from beaches, the Katara South and North Hills and other public parks in Doha also draw many visitors during the Eid break, either taking a walk or a jog to burn calories.
“I usually take an hour walk during the cold months but I realise it is better to do it in the summer after my work because I sweat a lot and it really feels good,” said Indian expatriate Bushan. “Qatar has many beautiful public parks now where people can hang out.”