Another gem of a paddleboarding zone, Stand Up Paddleboarding in Qatar has grown in popularity. More spots have been opened up recently. The waters are generally sheltered or relatively calm. Most of the venues are perfectly suited to novices and those wishing to find their feet, so to speak.
It gets warm in Qatar, so if you’re not used to the heat, too much exertion is not recommended, at least until you have acclimatised somewhat.
This is a very safe spot for Stand Up Paddleboarding, with large expanses of flat water, shallow depth, and very few hazards. There is very little wind from July – October if flat water is what you’re looking for. November to June can get a bit windy. Unless you’re competent enough to attempt a SUP downwind, it no recommended during these months. You will need a 4 x 4 vehicle to get to the spot.
The wonderfully named Ghost Town, or Al Mafjar, is suitable for beginners, with long stretches of flat water, and very little wind for much of the year, despite the location. The water at Ghost Town is some of the cleanest you will find, and it is one of the reasons why Stand Up Paddleboarding is so attractive here. With the downward view over crystal-clear water, it is one place where Stand Up Paddleboarding is almost akin to diving, with the visibility being so good.
Equally fun-named venue, Diplomatic Area is a prime spot for some of the best Stand Up Paddleboarding in the whole of Qatar. The water is deep and clean, and if you’re up to it, there are a few islands to skirt around. Remember that this area has no rescue options, so don’t get marooned without a paddle. The Shamal wind can gust here at times, and it can become a little challenging if the wind is up, so if you do not like the strength of the wind, then don’t paddle out.