The city is also enclosed by an amazing landscape with remnants of old settlements and prehistoric sites which is where visitors can find desert mushrooms and fine sand dunes. Also called as Ras abruq Beach, the road to Bir Zekreet passes through the wild deer reserve taken care of by the Environment ministry and through an old movie set that looks like a deserted village. After leaving the city limits, visitors can see a virtually empty Dukhan road and after 80 km, Zekreet can be reached with a mosque on the left and Arabic tents on the right side.
The neighbourhood is full of fascinating bays and coves, but the finest is at the far end: an extensive half-moon bay with rocky outcrops on both ends.
How to Go?
Follow the main Doha-Dukhan road and head west past Al-Shahaniya and check the road sign about 10 km before Dukhan turn-off on the right. The road (about 5 km before the flyover) divide some kilometres past the turnoff for Al Jumailiya where the old Dukhan road change direction to the right – watch out for this as there is only one road sign, in Arabic. Turn right after 1.5 km, on the road that leads to the north-eastern side of the Ras Abrouq peninsula; pursue for about 20 km and then branch off to the left, heading up and onto the top of the jebel (hills). After roughly 10 kms, a deserted police post can be seen on top of a jebel. Get going over the causeway on the left which heads to the tip of the peninsula.
What is there to see in the beach?
The journey to Zekreet can be rough however there is a new road under construction which will make journey easier. A four wheel drive makes it fun to explore as the way is full of remarkable coves and bays, we may see flamingos in the half moon bay. It's really interesting to see the trees on the way where the lower branches are ‘cropped’ in a straight line as the camels have eaten them.
The Bir Zekreet limestone escarpment is similar to a topography tutorial in desert formations, as the blustery weather has carved away softer sedimentary rocks, revealing pillars, big limestone mushroom and weird shapes as it projects from cliffs. The beach nearby has relatively few visitors as the shallow waters in the beach are quiet and serene making the area a pleasant destination for a day trip. The beach is packed with Crabs and empty oyster shells with assorted bivalves and rich mother-of-pearl interiors. We can see people busy in crab hunting in the clear waters. The beach rocks with natural curves give us a notion of meticulous carving done by some great artist.
Approximately about 15km further up to the northwest coast from Dukhan, There is a remains of the 9th-century Murwab Fort which may be worth a visit with a guide. Recently, five groups of structures which include two mosques and an old fort have been partially excavated.
Ostriches can be found in Zekreet. However, these are an imported African breed and are not the native Arabian ostrich, which were whacked by hunters. Visitors to the beach could also see lizards and gazelles. Ostriches are highly hot-blooded during the breeding season and may show aggression without provocation. SCENR, the Qatar environment department now recommends public to visit the peninsula outside the ostrich breeding season and stay close to their car.