Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

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Qatar International Adventure


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During your free time in Qatar, you can explore Doha on your own, or you can take advantage of some of the following activities, organized through Qatar International Adventures, a local operator with whom CMU-Qatar has worked for years.

Qatar International Adventure

Organized Activities

ASIAN'07 will make arrangements for the following two excursions which will take place on the afternoon of Monday 10 December 2007. If you are up for a wild ride over sand dunes, you can opt for the desert safari. If you prefer the peacefullness of the sea, the traditional dhow cruise is for you (15 people minimum). These excursions are complimentary for registered participants. Please indicate your preference in the registration form. Ticket for accompanying persons can be purchased at the conference.

Activity Rate
Desert Safari QR 250 (= $69)
Dhow Boat Cruise QR 120 (= $33)

Desert Safari

Desert Safari This adventurous journey will take you to the great sand dunes that adorn the South of Qatar. Where the asphalt ends, the 4x4 professional drivers will deflate the tires to make the vehicle ready for your breathtaking trip across the desert. The unforgettable roller-coaster drive will take you to the marvelous Inland Sea, near the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and end at QIA's permanent desert camp on its sandy beaches. There, you can relax and just enjoy the tranquility of the view, or keep moving with a swim in the Inland Sea's crystal waters, a game of beach volleyball, or sand skiing. All this is while a professional chef is preparing a BBQ meal including soft drinks and water. The camp is equipped with Bedouin0style tents, carpeted and with traditional seating, fresh water for showers, and bathrooms.

Dhow Boat

Dhow Cruise

Board a dhow, the traditional wooden Qatari boat, an enjoy a relaxing ride on the tranquil waters of the Arabian Sea while soft music is playing in harmony with waves. From time to time, look at Doha's futuristic skyline behind you but then slip back into the millenial simplicity of the sea. The trip will take you to Al Saflia Island or Banana Island. There a professional chef will prepare a BBQ dinner on board while you enjoy a twilight swim, dance to the music or meditate under the sky. (A minimum of 15 participants are required for this excursion.)

Other Activities

In addition to the two tours described above, Qatar International Adventure offers various other activities for your free time in Qatar.

  • Overnight desert safari
  • City tour of Doha
  • Shooping tour in the traditional old Souqs of Doha
  • Visit to the Oryx Farm, the camel tracking and the equestrian club
  • Various tours to the northern Qatar
  • Sporting activities such as golf, fishing, watersports

Please contact Qatar International Adventures for more details and pricing.