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Sealine Resort, Doha, Qatar

Qatar just isn’t that big. You can take a day trip, and actually, it’s more like a half a day trip, or even an hour trip. AdventureMan wanted to find his way to Wakra and to the SeaLine Resort, and I wanted to see the big dunes, not as big as in Namibia but pretty impressive, with their sinuous lines.

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There are about a hundred different vendors renting out ATVs for racing across the dunes, even in this heat, and it was not easy finding virgin sand dunes, untracked by ATV wheels. We went on an ATV dune safari in Namibia, out of Soussesvlei Lodge, and it was fantastic. I love ATVs. I expect that anything that is so much fun can’t be good for you. It’s probably bad for the dunes . . . anyone?

When we got to Doha before, six plus years ago, I rented a limo and driver to take me and Little Diamond out to the resort and dunes. He kept showing us things on the way, like Wakra, etc. and we were a little restless. But it only took like 20 minutes, even with all the sightseeing, and we were there. We ran up the dunes, we looked for seashells, we walked in the sea, we did everything – and we were back in Doha by 11 in the morning. We laughed – we hadn’t realized, looking at the map, how close it was. The driver must have thought we were crazy.

Sealine also looked a little seedy to me – then. This time when we drove up, it looked very different. It looked all spruced up. The people working there had on clean, neat looking uniforms, and they looked like they were doing their jobs. We took a look at the chalets (cool) and at the villas (also cool) right on the umm. . . errr. . . SeaLine! Waves rolling up, almost to your doorstep – it is pretty lovely. We were planning a stay there when we noticed multiple vehicles at most villas and chalets – and whereas we love to go to sleep to the sound of waves, we kinda thought hmmm. . . this could be a place where the party starts around midnight.

It’s beautiful.
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This shot is taken from the main section of the hotel, but to each side, where the chalets are and the villas are, the sea is almost right on your doorstep.

Qatar is a conservative country. There are separate areas for men who are not accompanying their wives and children.

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And there is a whole different kind of beachwear! (I blurred the faces to protect their privacy.)

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As we were leaving, we spotted two little Qatteris finishing their brunch with gusto!

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July 4, 2009 - Posted by | Beauty, Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Living Conditions, Qatar, Travel

8 Comments »

  1. Intlxpat ;

    nice photos , i notice that the qatteri Homo Sapiens are getting fat like the Kuwaiti ones

    Comment by daggero | July 4, 2009 | Reply

    • I think we can all thank good old American fast food and people using their cars too much and their feet too little!

      Comment by intlxpatr | July 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. Intlxpatr ;

    the blue daggero with a green tag is a SPAM for selling atv .

    Comment by daggero | July 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks Daggero, I deleted that rascal.

      Comment by intlxpatr | July 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. a lot has changed since ive been gone. good to be back, reading blogs.

    Comment by Mrm | July 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Welcome, welcome, sweet Mrm! Good to see you back!

      Comment by intlxpatr | July 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. I love this post

    and the last photo of those two rascals is a prize catch!!!

    Comment by jewaira | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  5. You need to visit Doha, Jewaira!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 11, 2009 | Reply


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