Abu Dhalouf Park: Beach, barbeque and a boat ride
[Photography: Kenneth Ta-asan]
What Makes It Special: Beachfront[boxify cols_use =”1″ cols =”2″ position =”right” order =”none” box_spacing =”10″ padding =”10″ background_color =”#3c3c3c” border_style =”solid” ]
Also known as: Aba Zalouf Park, Al Dhalouf, Shamal Park
Size: 17,000 sq metres
Hours: 24 hours
✗ no kiosk
✗ playground unshaded
Address: Abo Dhalouf Street, Ruwais
GPS: 26.125920, 51.180480
Please Note: From Doha it takes a bit more than an hour to drive to Abu Dhalouf Park.
- Drive north on Shamal Road.
- About an hour outside of Doha you will drive past the Shamal Stadium.
- Turn left at the second roundabout after the Stadium (towards the main street in Ruwais).
- Drive through town. Just outside of town turn right at faded sign to “Aba Al Duloof”.
- Go straight at next small roundabout.
- Take next left.
- Parking is available straight ahead or to the left.
Al Ruwais Park
A sign at the entrance states that the park is for families only but this is largely unenforced.[/boxify]
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.