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Experience Middle East Weekly Feature

Snowboarders set to swap snowy slopes for sand dunes of Qatar

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) in partnership with Q Explorer Tourism is offering a novel alternative for skiers and snowboarders who missed out on their annual snow holiday due to travel restrictions: the thrills of the desert dunes. 

The premium tour company is offering up to a third off the price of sand sports experiences until September 2021, giving ski and snowboard fans the opportunity to get their annual adrenaline fix.

For 2021, QNTC is inviting those who missed out on a ski or snowboarding trip to visit the country when borders re-open to get out of their comfort zone and try something new – at a fraction of the cost. The spectacular dunes of Khor Al Adaid, otherwise known as the Inland Sea, offer a mesmerising alternative to tried and tested ski slopes and are waiting to be discovered by adventure-loving travellers. Skiers and snowboarders are reminded to pack their sunscreen – to avoid goggle marks from the warm winter sun.

Q Explorer Tourism is promoting three package deals for day trips, as well as one- and two-night stays for two to four people. With a wide range of tours available, those who missed out on the snow season can enjoy an action-packed, unforgettable tour.

For skiers and snowboarders missing the powder this snow season and anyone looking to try something new on their winter sun break, visit www.visitqatar.qa or book and receive a discount at www.q-explorer.com.

Top desert adventures in Qatar include:

Sandboarding 

Sandboarding at the desert near Qatar’s Inland Sea, Khor Al Adaid, is an enthralling experience to get adventurers out of their comfort zone. Those looking for a thrilling ride can slide down the sands in the warm Arabian breeze.

Dune bashing

For daredevils looking for a new and high-octane experience, the thrill of conquering the dunes on a quad bike in the desert is sure to deliver.

Desert Safari 

Qatar is an ideal location for a desert safari, giving travellers the chance to explore the 11,437kilometres of desert that lies less than an hour from Doha. Visitors will enjoy an exhilarating experience gliding across the Qatari desert in air-conditioned 4x4s with a professional 4WD driver. For a truly unique dining experience, foodies can end their desert safari with dinner by candlelight beneath the stars.

Camel riding 

Qatar is a perfect location to discover the spectacular rolling desert dunes by camelback. The majestic animals will offer travellers a unique and authentic experience, including visiting sites such as Khor Al Adaid or Al Wajbah Fort.

SOURCE: Visit Qatar