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by wanderer 2005
February 8, 2006
This particular tour was about 5 hours long, from the hotel lobby, to the dunes, and back. Driving time from the hotel to the dunes was about 30-45 minutes. The rest of the time we were in the sand and making a couple stops along the way. (see part 1 of my review) The dunes are southeast of the city of Doha.
Our driver was awesome and did a great job scaring the crap out of us. What’s 4-wheelin’ if you’re not scared, right? That’s the best part! Some of the dunes are 40 meters high and a BLAST to drive up. At the entrance to the dunes there were several companies that rent ‘quads’. (The 4 wheel motorcycle bikes). They provide helmets and riding gear, but unfortunately, I don’t know the cost. It looked really fun though. I prefer having a driver take me around, so I don’t get lost, or hurt, or break down all alone.
The sunset was awesome, but it’s quite windy out in the dunes. I suggest wearing a jacket and tying your hair back if it’s long. I got tired of pulling the hair out of my mouth and having it whip me in the face. I wore shoes that I could slip out of so I could sink my toes in the sand and walk in the sea. I even got to ride a camel. It was definitely an experience I will never forget.
This is the tour company we used. Net Tours Qatar Co. W.L.L *Tel:+974 4310902* *Fax:+974 4310945* Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org
From journal Qatar is NOT the Most Boring Place
Our driver met us in the hotel lobby and drove us to the outskirts of town, past the oil refineries and the new airport that’s being built.
Let me tell you, this was the highlight of my trip! Our very experienced driver was having a blast making us girls scream our heads off by going straight up and straight down these dunes. We would go completely sideways and would feel like we were going to roll over. It was so exciting! We drove way out to the middle of nowhere, past camps that offer lunch and overnight accommodations, to the Persian Gulf. When you take a minute to think about it, you’re looking out over the Persian Gulf and watching the sunset over Saudi Arabia! Now that’s not something you see every day.
When we got to the water, we took a short pit stop and our driver had sodas, water, and snacks for us to munch on. One of the snacks was a flaky pastry surrounding curry chicken, which was WONDERFUL! I got to put my feet in the Persian Gulf water and just look out over the quiet. It was really something.
On the way back, we made another stop atop a dune to finish watching the sunset. It was beautiful. We ran across a couple guys and their four camels, which they were selling rides on. At only 10 Riyal, which is roughly $2.75, I couldn’t pass it up. (You’ll have to see my attached camel-riding review) The drive back to the hotel was at 6pm and it was dark out. We made a short pit stop at a garage to have the air put back in the tires, and off we went, back to the hotel.
There are no bathroom facilities, so make sure you go before you leave. I have a tiny bladder and had to make a of couple stops. There aren’t a whole lot of bushes to hide behind, so I had to be creative and hide behind dunes, only I never knew if another truck was going to pop up.
I would say that if you have a chance to do this, get out and do it. You will never forget the rush or the view. I believe it was around $75, but I wasn’t paying, so I’m not exactly sure of the price. You can email them at email@example.com. Now this isn’t the thing for you if you have neck or back injuries, as it’s very bouncy and unpredictable. The Nissan four-runners were new, comfortable, air conditioned, and equipped with seat belts.
Do it…you won’t regret it. It was a great experience.