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Sunrise Drive to Khor Al Adaid, Southern Qatar’s Inland Sea
There isn't much written about Qatar’s top natural attraction, the Khor al Adaid, or so-called Inland Sea, which sits at the edge of a natural desert border of high rolling sand dunes between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Located less than an hour south of the capital Doha, this UNESCO-recognized natural reserve has its own ecosystem and is one the few places on the planet where the sea reaches into the heart of the desert. Surrounded by high sandy ridges to the west, it was once an advantageous position for pirates plundering these Persian Gulf coasts. Today it’s also one of the finest spots from which to experience a sunrise over the Gulf. This is a popular excursion, with plenty of outfitters and tour companies offering half-day, full-day or overnight options. Time constraints forced me into an early morning half day option to catch the sunrise; even in somewhat hazy and foggy conditions, it's truly a sight to behold. The 70-kilometer drive is itself an interesting tour of the southeestern edge of this small Emirate, one of the fastest growing countries in the world and per capita the richest nation on the planet. More details and several additional photos at the link below.
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