Ultimate Guide of what to do with kids in Qatar during Winter

Ultimate Guide of what to do with kids in  Qatar during Winter

One of the things I loved when living in Qatar was how family friendly it was and how much there is to do. But many people don’t think it is. Perhaps it’s because of the terribly hot weather that prevents outdoor activities in the summer that means many people have this misconception about  Qatar. So to make sure all families have a great time in Qatar no matter what time of year they visit, here is the ultimate list of amazing things to do in Qatar with kids from the best beaches, best parks to much much more …

What to do with kids in Qatar during the winter 

In my opinion, winter is the best time to visit qatar. The weather is perfect for those wishing to escape winter back home and you don’t have to worry about the kids so much in the heat. Most residents make use of the cooler months to spend as much time outside as possible. So here are the best things to do do in winter

The Best Parks in Doha for Kids

Mia park (or Museum of Islamic Arts Park)

This is one of the locals favourite parks because of its central location and unrivalled views of the West Bay skyline. The park contains a fab play area for children and plenty of grassy areas to play on. The park also has a fab cafe right on the seafront which is very popular.

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MIA Park Cafe

There is also a Bazaar held on a Saturday throughout Winter which offers unique gift stalls.

Oxygen park

One of the newer parks in Doha. Located on Education City, this park doesn’t get super busy. It has a quiet play area which has ornings that provide welcome shade from the Middle East sun. There is also a route to help the fitness conscious do their 10000 steps a day.

But my favourite features of the park is that it overlooks some great architecture such as the Qatar Islamic Studies Building.

Oxygen park views

Oxygen park

Being located on Education City, means there are plenty of facilities at the adjacent Student Center.

Sheraton hotel park

The Sheraton Park is a newbie on the park scene but its is a goodie. It has fantastic views over West Bay but perhaps the favourite feature for families has to be the fountains which children of any age will love running through, especially in the heat of the Summer!

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Sheraton Park

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Sheraton Park

Photo credits: Diary of a PMP Mom 

The Best Beaches in Qatar to Visit with Kids

Qatar has many beaches that are perfect for days out with kids. Unfortunately many people from out of town don’t get to see them because they require a car. The best in our opinion:

Fuwarit

Fuwarit is one of the sandier beaches in Qatar and has a relatively calm sea which makes it the perfect place to take children. It is a fairly easy drive but please note there are no facilities at Fuwarit so it is definite picnic territory.

Top Tips for Visiting Fuwarit: Take provisions with you and try and get there early to avoid busy periods and noise.

Please respect that the Ministry of Environment closes the beach around April – July to help the turtles that come here to nest!

Zekreet and Film City

Zekreet is a drive away from Doha (around an hour) and near to Dukkan and the Cuban Hospital. This beach is definitely only accessible by four by fours but offers tranquility compared to other beaches. It also has other sites nearby to explore such as Doha Film City. I am always amazed at this place and there are many rumours about what it was made for but I don’t know the real reason.

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Zekreet

You can also view the imposing Richard Serra artwork East Meets West West Meet Easts in the desert.

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Richard Serra

But my favourite thing is the wildlife you can see. I have heard of people seeing dolphins, oryx and even this at Zekreet!

Have a hotel beach day

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Beach at the Grand Hyatt Doha 

If you don’t want to drive out to one of the more remote beaches, then many of the hotels offer pool and beach day passes, or daycation packages as they are locally known. Some of our family favourites are at the Intercon and the Grand Hyatt. It is worth looking in the Qatar Entertainer app as there are often deals for buy one get one free.

Best Desert Experiences in Qatar with Kids

Purple Island

This is a favourite in our household. Reportedly named Purple Island for the small snails that when crushed release the purple colour of the Qatar flag. It’s not really a beach for  but the desert mangrove combination make it perfect for crabbing and if you go on winter you are likely to see the flamingoes during their migration.

Another great thing to do at Purple island with older children is to go kayaking with local group Entalek and learn more about the unique environment.

You can read more about why purple island is great for kids here

Dune bashing at the Inland Sea

Dune bashing is a must do activity if you have older children or teenagers. You will go out to the dunes near the inland sea and be taken on the ride of your life! There are stops to take photos at the Inland sea and a visit to a traditional bedouin camp where you can have dinner or drinks at the end of the trip.

TOP TIP: Driving on the dunes is difficult, make sure you go with a reputable company.

Visit Zubarah Fort

Qatar has one UNESCO World Heritage site — Zubarah Fort. The Fort is in the north of Qatar meaning that you will need a car to get there. The site has a small museum but no other facilities around it so be sure to take a picnic.

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Zubarah Fort 

To make more of a day of it you can drive further up the coast and visit some of the less well preserved forts.

What else can you do with kids in Qatar during the Winter?

Visit the souq

The Souq is a must visit at any time of year but if you want to visit with kids, this is definitely more of a wintertime activity. It is a great place for kids to learn about the local culture. Wonder around the alleyways, have food and haggle for bargains.

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There is also a play ground for if the kids need to blow off steam.

Take a dhow trip

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The beautiful weather in the Winter is the perfect time to hire a dhow. The dhows often leave from near the Museum of Islamic Arts and take you out to near an offshore island where you can jump into the salty waters of the Arabian gulf. For those who aren’t strong swimmers simply enjoy the views of West Bay and the corniche while enjoying a traditional Arabic BBQ.

What are your favourite things to do with kids during Winter in Qatar? 

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30 Comments

  1. October 18, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I love that you can hang out with the kids at a beach in Winter how lucky!! Lots of other fab options here too.

  2. October 18, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    There certainly seems a lot of things to do/places to go in the Winter for kids in Qatar. We hadn’t even considered it and are thinking of a winter break so I shall show my husband this post.
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  3. October 18, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I have never been but it looks like such a stunning place! You are making me jealous with all that sunshine. A hotel beach day sounds so perfect right now

  4. October 19, 2017 / 9:41 am

    Oh my goodness, it is beautiful. I have loved reading your posts and would love to visit. I am not very good with high temps so a winter visit would suit me perfectly
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  5. October 19, 2017 / 10:06 am

    I already went to Dubai and Oman. Qatar is next on my list. Didn’t expect there was this much to see/do. Thanks for sharing #FarawayFiles

  6. October 20, 2017 / 12:03 am

    It is so beautiful there . I have never been – although I haven’t travelled much , yet, slight phobia! The beach in winter definitely is a place I’d love to visit 🙂
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  7. October 21, 2017 / 10:10 am

    I would never have thought of visiting Qatar, but what a beautiful place. Your photos are so lovely.

  8. October 21, 2017 / 10:50 am

    Looks like theres plenty to do. I’ll send this to my friend who’s recently moved there x

  9. Katy
    October 21, 2017 / 11:13 am

    I think you’re right, Qatar in winter looks like a lot of fun. Such a great mix of activities. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles
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  10. October 23, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    Looks like an interesting place and not somewhere I had thought about visiting before. #Monday Escapes

  11. October 23, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    I visited all of these places when I was last in Qatar and absolutely loved it though I went in Summer so you can imagine the hot-ness I suffered lol
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  12. October 24, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Wow these look like the most amazing activities, for tots and teens. I know my daughter would love to do dune bashing there. Thanks for the crib sheet!

  13. October 24, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I have travelled via Qatar so many times (Qatar Airways is a really great airline) but never stopped over to explore the city. To be completely honest, I just wasn’t sure if it’s really worth it. But seeing your pics, it seems there is far more to see than I had thought. So, thanks to you, I’ll reconsider 🙂 #mondayescapes
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  14. October 25, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Great guide. A diverse selection of things to do. I like the sound of the purple beach and the fort would be a good visit. I’d definitely enjoy a bit of 5 star luxury too! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  15. October 31, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Oh wow there are some just beautiful places aren’t there. I love the parks and the art work in the dessert looks amazing. Thanks for linking up to Monday Escapes.

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