Abu Dhalouf Park: Beach, barbeque and a boat ride
[Photography: Kenneth Ta-asan]
What Makes It Special: Beachfront
One of the nicest parks in Qatar lies on the lip of the sea in the northern town of Ruwais. If you can’t decide between the beach, a park or a barbecue, you don’t have to— at Abu Dhalouf Park you can have them all, and a boat ride too. You don’t even need a four-wheel drive to access it.
Abu Dhalouf Park has playgrounds, toilet facilities, shade, grass, sand, water. And it is one of the few parks which allows visitors to barbecue. It is quiet during the week but on the weekend families of all nationalities take advantage of this space. Grills are set up on the grassy lawn or under the shade of pavilions and palm trees on the beach.
Children divide their time between one of the two playgrounds and splashing in the sea. The water isn’t deep enough for swimming but is perfect for chasing crab and shrimp. If you have small children, you’d be wise to take an extra set of clothing. Swim suits are not commonly seen here. Ruwais is a rural town in the northern district of Shamal and more traditional than Doha.
Traditional dhows and motor boats, are anchored near the shore. Not only do they look pretty but can be used. Negotiate a ride with one of the captains on the beach.
Next to the park, an historical building is being preserved. Make sure to check it out once construction is completed.
If you have time and are not gluten intolerant, stop for fatayer at Iskendar Kebab located at the strip of shops in the town of Ruwais. Fatayer aren’t always available but if they are, they will be some of the best you’ve ever had in Qatar.