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Khor al Adaid (Inland Sea)

4x4 on the Inland Sea © Nasser Al-Saadi
4x4 on the Inland Sea © Nasser Al-Saadi

Khor al Adaid (also spelled Khawr al Udayd) is a breathtaking and unique geographical area in the southeast of Qatar. The Inland Sea is a tidal lake nestled in among the crescent-shaped sand dunes. The shallow body of water has a narrow outlet into the sea and many shore lobes. It is situated along the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, with shores in both countries. The beaches on the Qatar side have become popular with travellers, as have adventure activities in the surrounding dunes.

As Khor Al Adaid is only accessible in four-wheel-drive vehicles, this excursion is usually arranged through tour operators in Qatar. Tour operators offer a range of tours to the Inland Sea, including overnight camps and activities like camel riding and dune-boarding. Only drivers who are experienced in driving 4x4 vehicles over dunes should attempt the trip without a tour guide - and even then, they are urged to exercise extreme caution and to let their hotel know where they are going and how long they expect to be gone.