Khor Al Adaid, Qatar
Some 70 km from Doha in the south-eastern corner of the country lies one of Qatar's most impressive natural wonders where the water and the desert meets: the Inland Sea or Khor Al Adaid. A UNESCO recognized natural reserve with its own ecosystem. This is one of the few places in the World where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert forming the perfect beach getaway in the Middle East region. A beach famous for its relaxing and tranquil environment where visitors can break away from the daily hassles of everyday life, and can simply exile themselves and go aboard on a soul searching journey.
The beach becomes much more like a resort on the shore of a lake by morning as the stream of water advances on to the desert to form an internal sea of crystal-clear waters. The sea recedes by nightfall and the beach becomes again a desolate piece of land surrounded by remarkable natural sand dunes of various sizes as high as 40 meters which sparkles in a wonderful array of colors every time the sun rises or sets. During night, the moonlight and the shining stars create a sense of eternity which will be memorable for everyone.
The matchless features of the region are due to a very exceptional mishmash of geological and geomorphological formation that occurs nowhere else in the Middle East. The Beach is also famous for its salt hummocks, coastal sabkha (marsh), the elevated mesas and the rocky outcrops. Obviously, tourists will also get to enjoy the serene waters as water cuts deep into desert forming channels. The clear waters make tourists a good day to go for swimming. Unquestionably, this distinctive features offer an exciting demonstration that certainly mirrors natural beauty at its most raw and pure form.
The predominant wilderness the area breeds is more than enough to attract its fair share of passionate travelers. The recently discovered salt hummocks, the stony deserts, the tidal embayment system and rocky outcrops also attract large number of enthusiastic visitors. Different types of fish and turtles are swept in from the seawaters including many crustaceans. Bird watchers and tourists can spot different birds such as cormorants, terns, gulls & flamingos. The flora and fauna also adds high dose of enlightening attractiveness to this top tourist destination.
This region is not only a prime site for refreshment and relaxation but also a wonderful location for observing ecological patterns and interactions of the otherwise missing components of the flora and fauna around the World.