Zekreet Beach. Well, Not Really!! Zekreet, Qatar

Michael and I packed up the doggies and headed for Zekreet Beach.  This area a popular spot for camping and a popular go-to spot on the weekends.

This was an adventure for sure because just like all the universal “off the grid” locations that only locals know about and/or aren’t clearly indicated on how to get there to keep them off-the-grid – Zekreet Beach was not easy to find!! Yes, you can find it on Google Maps…as Zekreet North Beach…..getting there is a different story……

This was a drive west, along Dukhan Highway to the Zekreet exit.  We followed the sign that directs us to the one road to Zekreet.  We drove past the inlet popular for kitesurfing and kept going…. and going…to the end of the road.  A dead end road surrounded by huts in bad disrepair. Thankfully, two cars were behind us, and they suddenly disappeared down a small, difficult to see side road.  We followed.  This opened up to the shoreline of Zekreet.

And we were off…..driving and driving and driving on a road made from use and difficult to see as it blended in with the desert.  We eventually drove past the two cars we followed (that had joined others parked along the shore) to beach for the day.

According to Google Maps we were headed in the right direction to Zekreet North Beach.  But because of the desert driving terrain, with temperatures holding between 37˚ and 39˚ Celcius, I didn’t want to venture into the unknown in case of a flat tire or something happened to the car. I didn’t know what was ahead.

So at 11:30am we found our own spot – not far from the other cars we passed.  We pitched our beach chairs, laid out the beach mat, poured water for the dogs and settled in.  Marlow and Pooh Bear found respite from the blazing mid-morning sun, in the shade under the car.  As well, we took them into the sea and soaked them down to cool off.

And it was hot.  Blazing hot.  Not yet at the hot where the sand literally burns the soles of your feet, hot.  But getting there.  Looking along the shoreline, in the direction towards the Google Maps location of the beach, there wasn’t much sign of life. But, as we beached, large muscle Chevy trucks pulling camping trailers drove out from behind one of the rock formations sitting in the direction of the unknown and past us to leave the area.  This was a good sign that there is life ahead and a road that may lead to Zekreet Beach after all!

We could see Bahrain’s, Hawar Island as we relaxed.  Arabic music could be heard from a campsite near us.  The water was beautiful, shallow at our spot and the footing a bit rocky in parts.  After a few hours, the blazing sun became a bit much for both of us and the dogs, so we packed it up and headed back home to Doha, driving through a mild sandstorm along the way.

 

Love, Stephanie xo

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