This post is part of a series on our trip to Qatar in August 2012, approaching the end of Ramadan until the celebration of Eid Al Fitr. It was the height of summer, but the hot weather didn’t totally stop us from exploring Qatar as much as we can. 🙂
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It’s our fourth night in Qatar, and what better way to spend it than camping by the beach?
Dukhan Beach, is located in Dukhan Industrial City, Al Jumaliyah, Qatar.
After our awesome Doha Bay Dhow Cruise earlier that day, we went to City Center for lunch and to buy stuff needed for our Dukhan trip that evening.
Our friends Joyce and Ron informed us the previous day about the trip and we (op kors!) willingly obliged. Having spent the first three nights at the hotel, overnight camping by the beach is definitely something different and exciting. Yay!
After grocery shopping @ Carrefour we immediately went back to our hotel to rest (to recharge batteries). Actually, it was only Buboy who did sleep. I have a quite strict body clock (10pm-5am shut eye, 5am-10pm up time) and don’t usually take naps, even during weekends.
So I watched TV while updating my organizer, went over the local directory to search local manufacturers (Procurement habit), arranged stuff for the trip. Adik lang.
During weekend late nights with friends, I can stay up a little later pero masandal-tulog (let my back hit any wall and I’d be snoring in no time). The antidotes are Vodka and Videoke. And the next day I’d still be up at 5am. Latest by 7am, if with a bad hang over, bwahahaha. = p
Ok, back to our trip to Dukhan. We were a total of three cars and Ron is driving for us. The route seemed simple (asus) as once you reach the Garafat Al Rayyan and Dukhan Highway, you just go straight and until the signage “Dukhan Beach.”
Wikimapia says distance from Doha to Dukhan is about 90kms. Our trip went smoothly, with many cars on the road although it was already late. Eid holidays lah, 🙂
Didn’t take much pictures on the way, the photos will only be blurry from my phone as we were going fast hehe. We just enjoyed the trip and me noting the road signs, landmarks (i.e. Qatar Petroleum property sites by night).
We arrived at Dukhan Beach about 11pm. We were the first to arrive so waited a little for the other two cars (they stopped @ Mc Donald’s to buy more food hehe).
The beach was full of campers, pramis. We drove up to the far end looking for a nice, not-so-much-crowded spot but failed.
We turned around and went to the other end, past the main beach front (with built shades), and found a good spot (though still a bit crowded) in the open area, to fit all three cars and some space in between, (stategy lah) hehe.
Pardon the quality of photos, my phone cam just sucks at night. I think more night trips will probably convince me to get an SLR cam suitable for decent night shots. = p
We started to prep up – the barbecue, beach mats, arranged pre-cooked food, et al.
Not for long, we had a yummy late / midnight dinner (hoong sarap talaga ng grilled lamb chops), galit – galit muna. = p
Alcohol’s not allowed in public areas like the beach <insert very sad face here> <just kidding> so, as good, law abiding people we didn’t attempt to bring any liquor (pramis). Instead we had cola, juices, turkish coffee and sheesha! 🙂
Then put the phone in my backpack and finally went for swimming.
The water was quite cool. Perfect against the warm atmosphere hehe. Kaya babad galore kami while catching up with what’s happening in our lives, news about Bahrain, Qatar and op kors our home country the Philippines, too much kwento we forgot the time.
The beach was also shallow like Al Jazayir (Zallaq) Beach in Bahrain. That’s why I was so brave (I don’t know how to swim lah) making chismis while in the water. 🙂
Ooops, Umaga na pala (it’s already morning)…
And nope, I didn’t stay up all night. Told ya about my body clock eh? Went out of the water around 2am and stretched out in the sand and immediately started snoring, hehehe. Our friends (still full of energy chatting the night away) took pity on me and let me sleep. Shukran!
Woke up at around 5am (body clock!) and looked left and right, I think I was the only one who slept hehe. Everyone’s still up, esp. the group on our right side.
A group of (mostly) kabayans who were playing games since last night (i.e. Pinoy Henyo, at al) were still playing when I woke up, this time Patintero. Ayos! 🙂
I did a little stretching and then looked for Buboy, Joyce and Ron -> in the water.
So, again, took the last photo below and went again to the water for a morning dip. 🙂
We had coffee and breakfast later, then around 7am prepped to be back on the road back to Doha.
Barely reaching the hotel, Buboy was already snoring. I think he sleep-walked from the car to the room. I let him sleep, while I prepped for our day’s itinerary.
Day 4: Last day in Doha, and The Museum of Islamic Art is finally open… 🙂