Diving 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.
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.
The 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).
A 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.
Diving 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.