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A Trip to the Sinkhole and Singing Sand Dunes

November 17, 2013

Back in September, I went with a group to a sinkhole and the Singing Sand Dunes here in Qatar. The sinkhole is not too far out-of-town but slightly hard to find if you aren’t with someone who has been before. You technically don’t need a 4×4 to get to it but the terrain is rough and cars with low clearance would probably have a hard time. I tried to find some official information about it but all I found were other people’s blogs about their visit. It seems to have a name of Musfer. Some people speculated that the sinkhole is actually part of a large cave network.

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We arrived in the heat of the day and I was anxious to get into the sinkhole to cool off! The sinkhole entrance is surrounded by a chain link fence and a gate. I am assuming this is so people and camels don’t fall in at night. The mouth of the sinkhole is not very wide and you don’t realize how steep the descent is until you get in. Did I mention, I am afraid of heights?!! It didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. Climbing down was hard especially since I had my big camera with me. The view from the bottom was totally worth it though! The climb back up was brutal and my thighs hurt for days after! I recommend taking a bottle of water down with you for the climb out.


Then we headed to the Singing Sand Dunes. It is really one huge dune! It was so high that my climb out of the sinkhole and my fear of heights prevented me from climbing to the top of the dune. It didn’t matter though. When people started sliding down the dune, I could hear the low humming the dune makes. The more people or cars went down it, the louder it got. It was amazing! I shot video of it but it was really windy and don’t think you can hear it. Next time, I getting someone to drive me to the top! I can’t wait to go again.



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Inland Sea Trip

September 4, 2013

About two weeks ago, I went with a group to Qatar’s Inland Sea (Khor al Adaid or Khawr al Udayd).  It is located at the border of Qatar and Saudi Arabia and there are no paved roads to get there.  A Qatari gentleman was our driver, which was good and bad.  It was good because he knew exactly where to go and didn’t get stuck (and got several people unstuck)! Bad because he kept want to go off steep dunes!  Scared me to death.  You go south from Doha until the road ends at the Sealine Resort and then you take off into the beige beyond.  Hopefully you are with someone who has been many times or has a GPS because there are very few landmarks to guide your way.  You drive past tall dunes and cell phone towers till eventually you see a large dune shaped like a pyramid.  This is call the “Sheraton” because it looks like the Sheraton hotel in Doha.  This is the spot our group had chosen to camp at for the day.  After taking some pictures before sun down, I changed into my swimsuit and got in the water.  Warm and very salty bathwater greeted me, but I didn’t care.  It was water!  It’s an unusual experience as it is saltier than the ocean but much calmer and has a strange bottom that has sudden drop offs and shallow parts.  This is due to the influx of water coming every day.  When we left later, the tide was coming in and several people had to move their cars.

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“The Sheraton”