Browsing 'summer' News

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After a long hot summer, the weather is starting to turn more pleasant in Qatar, cheering residents and encouraging people to get outdoors.

Notably, the temperatures have been falling only during the evenings, but sometimes to as low as the 20Cs.

For the most part, they remain in the upper 30Cs during the day, but this should change heading into October, according to forecasters.

The biggest difference will start being felt at the end of next week.

That’s when the humidity begins to dissipate and dryer conditions ensue, said Abdullah Al Mannai, acting Director of the Meteorology Department (MET).

Cloudy days

 

During this transitional phase, the humid weather is causing cloudy conditions to form around much of the country.

This has led to scattered rains and even some thunderstorms in northwestern Qatar.

According to the MET, “local thunderstorms are usually accompanied by short-lived strong downdraft winds causing rising dust and reduced visibility.”

Potential dust storms aside, who’s interested in road-tripping to catch the rain in northern Qatar this week? Thoughts?

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Sealine Beach

With the very humid month of August just around the corner, residents looking to beat the heat and the crowds may want to get out of Doha for a day and head to the beach.

Qatar has a lot of them, and this week the country’s environment ministry released a list of public-friendly ones.

Some are open to all, while others are just for families. Here’s what to know about each of them:

Al Ghariyah

Located just north of Fuwairat, this beach serves as a desert camp in the winter and a getaway for visitors in the summer.

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Al Ghariyah Beach

It has more sand than rocks, but not much in the way of bathrooms or eateries.

Directions can be found here.

Fuwairit

This popular beach in northern Qatar will reopen to visitors on Tuesday, now that turtle-nesting season is over.

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Fuwairat Beach

Its appeal includes white, powdery sand, colorful seashells and calm warm sea. Notably though, there aren’t any places to buy refreshments, so bring your own food, and there are no public restrooms either.

Directions can be found here.

Dhakira/Thakhira

This sandy beach is home to Qatar’s largest mangrove forest, and is popular for kayaking and bird-watching.

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Dhakira/Thakira Beach

It’s not as ideal for swimming, due to the rocky and muddy terrain, and there are no bathrooms or other facilities nearby.

But the beach has been recently upgraded to include benches to sit, solar-powered lighting and a kids’ play area.

Directions can be found here.

Al Firkiya (Al Khor)

Farkeh Beach east of Al Khor was recently upgraded to include a cafeteria, lighting and better roads, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment said.

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Al Khor Beach

The beach has a special family section as well as one for women and children, and a kids’ play zone.

Directions can be found here.

Simaisma

This beach is located some 45km north of Doha, and is home to some of Qatar’s beautiful mangroves.

The sand here is wet and slippery, which can be fun for kids to play around in (though not good for sand castles, according to Doha Family).

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Simaisma Beach

Not too far from the beach, there’s a set of playgrounds, as well as bathrooms, shaded areas and places to buy food and drinks.

Directions can be found here.

Al Wakrah

This beach in southern Qatar is popular among families especially.

The sea here is fairly shallow, so not for hardcore swimmers.

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Wakrah Beach

But it is fun to splash around in, and there are also places to barbecue, playgrounds for kids, volleyball and football pitches and restrooms.

Directions can be found here.

Sealine

This popular beach is about an hour and a half south of Doha. In addition to chilling on the sand or swimming in the sea, visitors can go dune bashing or take a camel ride.

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Sealine Beach

However, the public beach (as opposed to the nearby resort) can get crowded on weekends, and there are no bathroom facilities.

Directions can be found here.

Al Khraij (Umm Bab)

This beach is located on the western coast of Qatar in the Umm Bab area.

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Umm Bab Beach

The beach has umbrellas for shade, barbecue grills, restrooms and a kids play zone, as well as nighttime lighting.

Directions can be found here.

Dukhan

Located on Qatar’s west boast, this sandy beach is nice for walking, swimming or barbecuing.

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Dukhan beach.

There are no restrooms or food stalls, but some eateries are located on the way to the beach in Dukhan.

Directions can be found here.

What other beaches would you suggest visiting in Qatar? Thoughts?

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Employers in Qatar must heed special working hours for outdoor employees starting June 15 – or face the consequences, the nation’s labor ministry has announced.

From June 15 to Aug. 31, work must stop on construction sites and other outdoor areas from 11:30am to 3pm, when the sun is at its peak.

Revised schedules should be posted in a place where all employees can see it, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs said this week.

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Companies that fall to follow special working hours can be closed for up to one month, it added.

Heat relief

Since summer set in weeks ago, some companies have already starting observing revised work hours to keep their employees in good health.

But the special schedule is likely to come as a relief to many who are continuing to toil outside in Qatar’s 40C+ heat.

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Ramadan iftar tent

Ramadan also coincides with the hot season, making it harder for many laborers to make it through the day.

Islamic scholars have exempted these employees from fasting. But last year, some construction workers said they were choosing to fast anyway.

Many cited their faith in God and a desire to help their families as their main motivations to keep working.

Thoughts?