MesaieedQatar peninsula. Similar to many cities across the country, Mesaieed was founded in 1949 as a tanker terminal, to help grow Qatar's oil industry. It was the only deep-sea port for over 20 years, which helped it grow as a centre of trade. Nearly the entire population of 15,000 works for Qatar Petroleum, who also have a monopoly over local services and schools.
By private car, you should follow the Mesaieed highway signs out of Doha to the south-east, past the airport, and head towards the city on Mesaieed Road. The journey is about 40km, totalling 40 minutes.
ATV/quad bike rentaladdress: Sealine Beach RdThe road to Sealine Beach Resort is lined with low sand dunes which are popular with ATV enthusiasts. Vehicles can be rented from any of the many tents lining the road.
Khor Al UdeidLocated in the south-eastern corner of the country on the Saudi Arabian border, some way south of Mesaieed, is the Inland Sea, known as Khor Al Daid in Arabic. It is an enormous inlet from the Arabian Gulf surrounded by massive soft sand dunes that can only be reached by a hair-raising drive across the sand in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Tourists and locals alike enjoy racing up and down the seemingly endless sand dunes. There are a variety of tourism companies that will give you a guided tour of the region, often complete with a traditional Arab meal and campfire.
Old Club Reefaddress: turn off of Sealine Beach RdThis 18m-deep artificial reef is made of old vehicles, boats, and industrial debris, and is a popular dive site.
QP Golf ClubDating back to 1951, it is the oldest golf course in Qatar. Owned by the state-run Qatar Petroleum, it is primarily used by well-paid staff of the company.
Dunes MallHas a Shoprite supermarket, electronics store, banks, internet cafe, and food court.
phone: +974 4476 5299address: Sealine Beach RdA popular weekend break getaway for visitors from Doha. Day use facilities include pools, watersports, beach volleyball, tennis, and camel and horse riding.