Singing Dunes

Visited Singing Dune last weekend, my fourth visit. The dune is one of the 30 singing sand dunes in the world. It requires the right combination of sand particle size, temperature and humidity for sand dunes to “sing”. However, they are not singing by themself. You need to slide on it to make an avalanche. The bigger avalanche the louder the sound is. The sound produced resembles “hoooooooooo…..” that Marcopolo described as the sound of the evil’s spirit.

During winter the dune is normally shy to sing. Although I managed to get it sing when slide it down with car (hence very big avalanche), spring to autumn is the good time to hear them singing. (I visited once in August 2009 and it sang happily).

When we visited last weekend, the dune is deteriorating however; it’s smelly (don’t know why), littered in many places…ggggrrhhh…*heard that it was used for Christmas party few days back attended by 1,200 people*. Having said that many people flocked the dune in the afternoon just to get an escape to city life. Unlike the dunes in Sealine area, here you are a bit free from flying SUV or quadbikes.

We pitched a tent amid very cold night and morning (around 11 C). It seems the area is 2-3 C colder than Doha city. I also tested my new toy for the first time. The white professor (my 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee) made several attempts up and down and slide the dune. He seems happy in his habitat. Enjoyable!

Singing sand dunes in Qatar located on the way to Mesaieed from Salwa Road, about 15 km from Salwa Road. Drive Salwa Road and take Exit 24 to Mesaieed. Follow 15 km, pass through 2 roundabouts until you find intersection to Al Kharara. Road to Al Kharara is a road belongs to QP for access to its transmission plant. This single carriageway road will lead you to pipe crossing where you will find fork intersection. This is the start oor a corner of rectangular road encircling singing dunes.

Singing Sand Dunes

Coordinate: 25°2’21″N 51°24’26″E
Map: http://wikimapia.org/#lat=25.0398396&lon=51.4079807&z=14&l=0&m=b&show=/23780782/Singing-Sand-Dunes

 

Waypoints:
Exit 24 Messaied: 25°10’24″N 51°19’31″E (15-km more to turnoff Al Kharara)
Turnoff Al Kharara: 25°4’41″N 51°25’52″E (5-km more to the dune)

Kids so happy up and down the dune
Kids so happy up and down the dune
...or playing sandboarding
…or playing sandboarding
Enjoy the view of the singing dunes
Enjoy the view of the singing dunes
White Professor in its habitat :)
White Professor in its habitat 🙂
Slide down baby
Slide down baby
Slide and slide (Photo by Satrio)
Slide and slide (Photo by Satrio)
...or tug of war :) (photo by Satrio)
…or tug of war 🙂 (photo by Satrio)
The narcissist Jeep family - you won't understand
The narcissist Jeep family – you won’t understand
Singing Dunes area
Singing Dunes area
Amid cold night enjoyed nature
Amid cold night enjoyed nature
Indomie for breakfast
Indomie for breakfast
Very versatile breakfast: Indomie
Very versatile breakfast: Indomie
Don't go to the dunes if for littering, please!
Don’t go to the dunes if for littering, please!
A road to Messaied from Salwa Road
A road to Messaied from Salwa Road
Al Kharara Road leading to Singing Dune
Al Kharara Road leading to Singing Dune
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10 thoughts on “Singing Dunes”

    1. Thanks. Yes you may reach the place by sedan; be careful with rocky and bumpy road or you may park your car a bit away

  1. Thanks for your reply. i am planning to go by this weekend. It is a better period/climate to go there with family with small children ?

    1. Hi Anna. Yes you can reach singing sand dune with sedan. But not that close probably. Road further right can get you closer to the dune so you don’t need to pass through rocky tracks.

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