Al Thakhira Beach is one of the largest tourist attractions in the town. Running for approximately 10 km, much of its coast is made up of sabkhas (salt flats). Salt-resistant mangroves grow abundantly along their coast. It is a popular spot for bird watchers. Furthermore, it is a popular spot for kayaking and fishing. Sea turtles are known to regularly nest on this beach during late Spring and early Summer. It is one of the best-preserved beaches in Qatar and receives periodic renovations and cleanups under the auspices of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME).
Located about 35-40 km from Doha, the Al Thakira beach makes an ideal location for swimming, sunbathing, or spending a laid-back day at the beach. The beach offers serene views of Qatar’s largest and oldest dense mangroves reserves.
In March 2019, the 1,800 meter-long and two meter-wide Al Thakhira Walkway was opened alongside the beach. The promenade features a 1,250 m² playground, 93 light poles, dozens of seating areas and a 2,000 meter-long cycle route
Al Thakira Beach, less than an hour’s drive north of Doha, is one of Qatar’s largest mangrove reserves, making the beach shallow, but interesting. Locals come here to bird-watch, fish, and kayak through the mangroves. Kayak tours can be arranged in the town of Thakira, and there are restaurants and shops nearby. Bring a grill for those fresh fish, and look out for flamingos.
Marvel as low tide reveals delicate mangrove roots thrusting up through the sand. The beach is superb for sunbathing and picnicking too. Try catching your own lunch and set up a barbecue right alongside the unadulterated waters. Al Thakhira Beach is highly appreciated by visitors seeking tranquility.