30th August 2014 – Mesaiieed, Qatar
From the souqs of Doha, to the dunes of Mesaieed, We drove through the heart of Qatar, with the tyres screeching. Like camels becoming alive in the barren august sand, We were at the heart of the desert, and still breathing.
Sleep lasted all of 1 hour today. I slept late around 3 AM, and woke up by 4. Why? To catch the sunrise at the Messaieed sand dunes.
Messaieed is a municipality, located approximately 50 KM away from Doha. This is practically, the only remaining desert in Qatar, as the rest have all been converted to industrial areas long since. I started at 4 AM, with 2 of my other college mates living here (Shinoj and Rafid), and like mind-numbed soldiers beginning their early morning drills, drove out to the sand dunes.
Perfectly in time, because the sunrise was just beginning. But we soon figured out that our ride was not exactly off-road material, so stopped it near the dunes, and climbed up the dunes by foot, for some amazing views around. Given that the time was not even 6 AM, and the sand was far from scalding, this was an adventure that we partook with reasonable confidence.
It has been a good few days in Qatar, and I would recommend that 4 days is pitch-perfect to see the whole country. So, I bid adieu now, and will head to Kashmir over the next few days.
I’ve seen the sand, now I want to see the snow in Kashmir.