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Al Shamal Road is now superhighway with 4-lane road beyond Fuwairit turn-off. A dedicated interchange to Fuwairit has been constructed providing easy access to Fuwairit and from Fuwairit to Doha.
Update 25 March 2010
Al Shamal Road shows improvements since I visited Fuwairit last year. Interchange to Al Khor finished. Southbound road to Doha is partially finished.
– Exit Road to Fuwairit (from Al Shamal Road): 26 00’20.12″N 51 20’15.09″E
– Fuwairit Beach: 26 01’57.87″N 51 22’25.56″E
Take Al Shamal (North) Road or a.k.a Road 1, past Al Khor turn off and continue for a further 44 km. There is a small blue sign post indicating distance every km. It shows Km 6 at Al Shamal bridge. Exit road to Fuwairit is at Km 78. End of diversions is at km 66. Turn right at the Fuwairit sign (white sign with black letter). You will pass by the following places prior to reaching Fuwairit turn off:
- Umm Slal Mohammed
- Umm Slal Ali
- Umm Qarn (landmarked by Umm Qarn Farms)
- Turn-off right to Al Khor
- Rawdat al Faras
- Madinat Al Ka’ban
- Al Jethay
- Al Ghashamiya
Then follow 3.7 km the rough asphalted road parallel to telegraph poles leading to a small village. Beware of potholes along the road. As you reach the outskirts of the village, (prior to a big building) turn left onto a short dirt track lined with palm tree, then take a rough track running parallel to the coast. Drive for about 1.5 km along the small dune edging the beach . Park behind the red plastic barrier separating the beach from car parking. Continuing driving parallel to the coast will lead you to the most unusual formations of eroded jebel (rock hill). 4WD vehicle might be able to reach the top of rock hill.
Al Shamal Road is under major rebuild and reconstruction. The vision is to have a 3-lane road to each direction, similar to Al Khor Highway (Road 1A). Several overhead bridges are seen being built to accommodate future road crossing.
Road to Fuwairit is a 2-lane road with a lot of diversion. It is until Km 66 that you will need to exercise extra careful driving, meandering along diversion to diversion. Not to mention competition with large dump truck and heavy equipments. Road to Doha however is slightly better than that to Fuwairit. Speed limits vary from 60 km/h when entering construction site, 80km/h and 120 km/h. There is a “Road under Radar Surveillance” signboard but I failed to identify speed camera locations.
What to do:
Jabal Fuwairit is a great photo opportunity. Sunbathing, kite surfing, swimming, picnic or camping are kind of activities you can enjoy at Fuwairit. Fuwairit also has a mangrove area where you might be interested in.
Further to the south of Fuwairit lies Jabal Al Jassasiya where you can find rock carvings from the ancient Qatar. Whereas 4-5 km to the North leads you to Al Ghariya Resort, another weekend destination, similar to Sealine Beach Resort at the south Qatar.