The old pearling villages of Al Wakrah and Al Wukair are rapidly sprawling out to meet the Doha suburbs, and make a pleasant afternoon outing from the capital. There are several interesting old mosques and traditional houses in and around the gracious modern villas. The old souq along the shoreline is the area's main attraction, with dozens of atmospheric alleys and a nice seafront promenade with restaurants and shops.
The beaches south of Al Wakrah offer glorious stretches of sand, interspersed with the odd khor (creek). The shallow water makes paddling a better option than swimming. At least the determined wader is in good company: small flocks of flamingos roost along the coast between Al Wakrah and Mesaieed during winter. Fishing is a popular pastime in the area, as the limestone shallows act as fish traps when the tide goes out.