If you're a bit of a beach softie and don't like being too far from your creature comforts—then this is the beach for you.
It's a great, safe, family beach in the West Bay Lagoon area of Doha and, being part of Katara Village, it has no shortage of facilities. All you need to pack are bathing costumes, towels and a bucket and spade and you're ready to go.
The beach is open from 09:00 to 17:00 and has an entrance fee of QR100 for adults, QR50 for children and children under six years old go in free—a tad expensive perhaps, but still cheaper than a day pass to one of the hotel beaches.
For this price you have access to the beach for a whole day, including an umbrella and a chair as well as access to all the play and sports activities on offer. You could hire pedal boats, kayaks and life jackets or let the kids loose on the inflatable and plastic play areas.
Unlike Qatar's free and remote beaches, this one has plenty to offer by way of food and drink—all the Katara cafés and restaurants are at your disposal as well as some food stands on the beach. You could pop across the road to La Gelateria Fina for an ice cream, waffle or crêpe; walk a little bit further for a chapatti and karak; or even enjoy a Turkish feast at Sukar Pasha.
Doha residents flock here on weekend afternoons to have fun with the family. The vibrant multi-coloured beach umbrellas coupled with the lively atmosphere seem to catch the spirit of Doha in all its colourful and multicultural glory.
Nearby landmarks: St. Regis Hotel, West Bay Lagoon, Zig Zag Towers, The Pearl-Qatar
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00
Entrance fee: QR100 for adults, QR50 for children and children under 6 years old are free
Parking: There are plenty of outdoor and indoor parking spaces in Katara. However, at peak times, such as weekend afternoons, expect to have to drive to the underground car park at the other end of the village. After parking, you could catch one of the shuttle buggies from the car park to the beach—a nice option to have on a hot day!
Toilets: Yes, behind Al Sanbouk Marine & Diving Supplies
Doha Family tips
Not allowed: Taking photos, dogs, BBQs, swimming after sunset, music, food from home
- This beach gets very busy at weekends—not the best place for some "me" time!
- Women should leave bikinis and revealing swimsuits at home—wear a shorts and t-shirt style swimsuit.
- Culture vultures could make a day of it by visiting one of the many art exhibitions on at Katara Village.
- Katara Beach has a wide choice of water sports activities: boat rides, water skiing, wakeboarding, banana rides, wind surfing, kayaks and much more. Enquire at the main entrance for details and prices.
- Unlike Qatar's free beaches, Katara Beach has lifeguards and security guards.
- Only food and drinks purchased at Katara are allowed.
Food and beverages: Yes
Showers: Yes, behind Al Sanbouk Marine & Diving Supplies
Nearby mosque: Yes, prayer tent on the beach, mosque in Katara Village
- The public beach at Katara is to be found at the southern end of Katara Village.
- As you drive through the main entrance to Katara, you will see the beach on your right.
- The main entrance to the beach is opposite La Gelateria Fina ice cream parlour.