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Offroad in Zekreet Peninsula

A message popped up on my phone screen in the late afternoon. “Hey! What do you think about having an offroad trip this weekend? We can drive our cars there, I got a plan” She was new in Qatar, so everything in this desert country looks exciting for her. Going offroad in Qatar is kind of a very rough test drive of your car capacity. You will really need a 4×4 car to rock and roll the trip. We will need to arranged and prepare carefully because the place we are going is a desert place far away from Doha and full of rocks and cobbles.

 

After checked the air tyre pressure and filled a full tank of gas, we headed to Zekreet Peninsular by taking Dukhan Expressway leading to the West. The speed limit is 120 km/hr, there are speed cameras every 1 kilometre. Her car led and mine was following. After one hour and a half drive, we arrived at our first checkpoint. It’s call Zekreet.

 

The landscape of the Zekreet peninsula has a unique and fascinating geology. Salt flats, plateau rocks and open desert dominate this scenery. There are no sand dunes, but bizarre rock formations and great views over the blue water of the gulf. We stopped for a few minutes for taking photos then moved to another checkpoint called “film city”

Why are they called “film city”? Because a film set was made in the middle of the desert to mock up an ancient Arabian Village. We parked our cars near the village and walked to enter the main gate. The buildings show how a traditional village in the region might have looked in the past. There was a ladder lean to the roof that we can climb up through the square open to observe the view of the village. We were welcomed with a keeper there, he can’t speak English but kindly welcomed us with local tea drinks free of charge.

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Then the next checkpoint is “the Mystery Village” or known as “the Ghost Village”. The Mystery Village is just behind the Film City. We also can see the Village from the roof deck of Film City.  Nobody lives in this Ghost Village, it also was used in the same TV series.

 

After spending hours driving along Zekreet Peninsula, we followed the GPS to go back to Doha. Along the way, we spotted 2-3 Oryx. We carefully move our car not to panic them. The Oryx can defend their young ones and might attack if you get closer than 30-40 metres. We took some photos but unfortunately, it was long distance and I couldn’t change the telescopic lens in time.

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We arrived Doha in the late afternoon and had lunch at a golf club. I found out that my tyres were damaged and needed to change. Such a bad luck 🙁

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7 thoughts on “Offroad in Zekreet Peninsula

  1. What an interesting place. What are those large black rectangle’s in some of the photos?

    1. Hi, those four standing steel plates are the work of Richard Serra (an American Sculptor/Artist). Titled “East-West/West-East”, they were rolled in Germany, and shipped to Qatar.
      Thank you for passing by. Happy Blogging.

  2. my my.. that ghost village sends chills down my spine. such a vast area abandoned

      1. why was it abandoned?

      2. Before Qatar becomes the richest country, it used to be one of the poorest country before. Most of villager lived in faraway town. Once they discovered the oil and natural gas, then the economic boom caused people move into the main city.

      3. and these villages stand facing the scorching sun even after decades telling the story of once lost past.. that is amazing