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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Riding camels on the sand

Drive through the desert towards Saudi Arabia and past a load of oil and gas installations and you'll eventually get to Sealine Hotel and Beach Resort. (Don't give up when you think you are in the middle of nowhere!)

Camel on a beach

Although this is also a hotel, Sealine resort is open to guests for a fee of 25 riyals ($7) in the week, 50 ($14) on the weekend (Friday + Saturday). In addition to swimming pools, there is horse riding, camel riding, jet ski-ing, windsurfing and quads for hire. There are also two bouncy castles for the kids. The buffet is a little on the pricy side at 150 riyals ($40), the poolside food is cheaper but limited in range. On Friday afternoons Qataris descend in droves to speed up and down the dunes - be careful driving home on this day as the (surviving) locals return all fired up. Overall, well worth a trip - it kept my two year old entertained for the day!

Address: PO Box 50255, Mesaieed, Qatar

Tel: +974 476 5299 Fax: +974 476 5298

Getting there: Drive past Al Wakra and Messaieed and try to follow the scanty signs.

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