Al Safliya Island

A barren island, Al Safliya is only a stone throw away from Doha Dhow Harbaour at Corniche. This manta ray-shaped island probably doesn’t offer you anything interesting from the island itself. But, the view towards Doha West Bay and its skyline, especially during sunset, is just stunning.

Located just south of The Pearl, Al Safliya can be reached by taking a boat or dhow. If by the latter, it is approximately 30-40 minutes sailing. Go to tour agent, or hire a dhow from Dhow Harbour near Oyster monument at Doha Corniche. When we (Institut Teknologi Bandung Alumnus Association Chapter Qatar) went to the island last weekend, each person paid QR70 for a dhow with full capacity of 35 people (so total per dhow QR2450). A full dhow hire will normally include bottled water and BBQ facilities on top deck for the duration of 5 hours. Toilet, safety vest, AC-ed room, audio-video entertainment are available on dhow.

The dhow couldn’t go very close to Al Safliya Island. They would anchor 50-100m away and transfer you to the island by boat (rental fee QR1000/5hours), or you may swim as you wish.

A wooden umbrella-shaped shade are provided along southern beach. Trash bins are there but no toilet facilities are available. The area is like a dumpsite for excavated/building materials, except few meters strip of beach. The water is clear and suitable for water sports. The northern part is a bit muddy and shallow that boat and dhow may keep off from the area. You can walk westwardly along the tail to see West Bay towers quite closely.

A stunning sunset with Doha skyline from Al Safliya Island
A stunning sunset with Doha skyline from Al Safliya Island
Sunset over Doha from Al Safliya Island
Sunset over Doha from Al Safliya Island
A typical dhow for you to get into Al Safliya Island
A typical dhow for you to get into Al Safliya Island
Dhow Harbour where it all started
Dhow Harbour where it all started
Rent a boat or dhow to go to Al Safliya Island
Rent a boat or dhow to go to Al Safliya Island
Doha skyline with Dhow Harbor
Doha skyline with Dhow Harbor
Dhow Harbor is located next to MIA. Entrance through Corniche Road with Oyster monument
Dhow Harbor is located next to MIA. Entrance through Corniche Road with Oyster monument
Steaming out, passing MIA and MIA Park
Steaming out, passing MIA and MIA Park
The "7" at MIA Park
The “7” at MIA Park
A familiar Doha picturesque view
A familiar Doha picturesque view
Sail me away to the island...
Sail me away to the island…
"You jump, I jump"
“You jump, I jump”
Doha skyline from sea
Doha skyline from sea
Faiq & Fathan on upper deck
Faiq & Fathan on upper deck
Al Safliya Island and The Pearl towers
Al Safliya Island and The Pearl towers
The view like this that would  make the trip unmissable
The view like this that would make the trip unmissable
Inside the driver's room. The room is well air conditioned
Inside the driver’s room. The room is well air conditioned
Qatar Emiri Navy
Qatar Emiri Navy
A reflection on a dhow window
A reflection on a dhow window
So, this is the island
So, this is the island
A closer look of the dhow
A closer look of the dhow
Pulling the rope to connect all three dhows that we used
Pulling the rope to connect all three dhows that we used
All three dhows are now connected
All three dhows are now connected
So that we can be easily transferred to the island
So that we can be easily transferred to the island
Transfer boat
Transfer boat
Al Safliya Island is just a barren land
Al Safliya Island is just a barren land
Al Safliya Island beach
Al Safliya Island beach
Kids would love clear water
Kids would love clear water
The island is being 'touched' though tourist-oriented amenities are not fully available
The island is being ‘touched’ though tourist-oriented amenities are not fully available
Don't forget to pray wherever you are
Don’t forget to pray wherever you are
The whole group, Institut Teknologi Bandung Alumnus Chapter Qatar
The whole group, Institut Teknologi Bandung Alumnus Chapter Qatar
Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) Chemical Engineering Alumnus
Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) Chemical Engineering Alumnus
What a view
What a view
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6 thoughts on “Al Safliya Island”

  1. Amateur or not, be it on the Web, be it with your camera… I found you on the web early 2012 and have learned a lot about Qatar thanks to you. You are a near to professional photographer and still you make the classic family pics. There is no (or not a lot of) manipulation on your pictures and they remain natural. I have no more words to express that I admire your picture taking and photographic talent. Well done !! I continue to support your web-site very much!!
    Ciao, Rob Stynen.

    1. Thanks Rob. I feel honoured. Still far from being professional though 🙂 I just love taking pictures for sharing. Thanks again. Keep visiting

  2. Hi Wahyu   i started following your blog couple of months back. All amazing posts.   Here i just noticed from the photo that Mr. Bakthiar (he is working with us) also participated in this tour. It is really wonderful to see people from other countreis have a good social life in Qatar.   Thank you   Regards Sameer

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    1. Thank you Mr. Sameer. Yes Mr. Bakhtiar was with us. It’s us who can make our life in Qatar enjoyable 🙂

  3. I’ve found the nicest part of these dhow trips doesn’t involve the island at all. As you’ve pointed out it is barren. But the water off the island where the boats anchor is deep. You can easily jump of the boat and swim. Then climb back onto the boat and jump again. And on and on. I think that is the appeal. Being in a dhow, seeing the skyline fade away, surrounded by water…thanks for reminding me of one of the nicest parts of Doha.
    Have you tried the kayaking yet by Entalek? I suspect you’d love it. Really well done.

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