Qatar:The New Diving Destination

qatar diveDiving is not only a recreational activity, but also a good sport, passion and a lifestyle in itself .Qatar with immense potential is now emerging as a sought-after recreational diving destination during winter, with campaigns highlighting the country’s marine life

There is an exponential growth recorded in the number of divers, diving clubs and tourists coming for diving in Qatar during past couple of winters. There are futuristic plans to put in specific promotional shows about diving in Qatar at international annual diving shows in London and exhibitions.

diving in qatarThe diving season in Qatar begins for Westerners from November and goes on until the end of April on account of the good weather.

There are six sites on land by Mesaieed city and Khor Al Udeid (Inland Sea) with depth ranging from 6m to 20m and a number of sites offshore. The Old Club Reef, New Club Reef, Qafco Reef, The Barge, Othman (natural) Reef and Zeytuna are the sites at Khor Al Udeid, most of them accessible with a 4×4.

dive destination qatarThe offshore diving sites in Qatar include boat wrecks such as Wreck, Macadeen, Barclays and Jezan, with an average depth between 14m and 30m. There are also some sunken oil rigs in the Qatari waters apart from some very nice dive sites at Al Khor, Balhambar wreck (close to Al Khor) and Tech El Dan wreck (a big boat that sunk near Ruwais).

oyster with pearlA dramatic spurt has been observed in the number of Qatar residents taking to diving over the past six years. Qataris and expatriates equally shared a passion for diving during weekends.Qataris have a historic connection to the sea, dating back to the pearl diving days, and these days you will find in many Qatari houses a jet ski, boat, fishing lines and diving/free diving  equipment.

qatar diving1There are many expatriates who indulge in recreational diving during winter weekends, considering it as an ideal option to soak away all the stress accumulated over the week.

qatar diving-3Diving in Qatar gives you a unique company with the blue angel fish, some  natural corals and some artificial reefs, stingrays mostly on sandy bottoms, barracudas, groupers, banner fish, king fish and lots and lots of little fish.

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