Katara Beach

Beach in Doha

Image by Polly Byles Lonely Planet

If you fancy a swim but don't want to go too far from the city, the 1.5km beach at Katara Cultural Village is a pleasant sandy stretch with inflatable play structures for kids (purchase a day pass for QR50 from the kiosk), plus watersports from parasailing to wakeboarding on offer. Women can't swim here unless they are completely covered. Men aren't allowed to wear speedos.