Bir Zekreet

Unnamed Road, Zekreet, Qatar

Zekreet: Hire a 4x4 and drive west across the peninsula for about 55 miles and brace yourself for an array of unusual sights. For starters, the road to Bir Zekreet passes through a natural reserve where deer and oryx can be seen roaming freely in their natural habitat.

The Bir Zekreet area, located on the west coast of Qatar, 60 miles from Doha, boasts a landscape of prehistoric sites, geological formations and miles of unspoiled beach. The beach borders a picturesque half-moon bay flanked by an eerie escarpment with striking limestone mushroom-shaped geological formations. And if this weren’t enough to appreciate the beauty of the Qatari desert, a few minutes away from the escarpment and in the middle of nowhere, like a hallucination, stands Film City, an abandoned film set, that looks like a ghost town out of a Western movie. You can visit inside, take pictures, or have a quick tea with the gatekeeper.

A few minutes away from the film set, you’ll find an eerie escarpment with big limestone mushroom-shaped topography, all against the backdrop of a deserted beach of shallow water, making the area a pleasant destination for a day trip.

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