Things to do
Things to do
A serene island set amidst nature beyond Al Khor is the Purple Island abundant of mangroves and lush greenery. This island brings you an opportunity to reconnect with nature away from the hustle-bustle of the city. From long walks and family picnics to kayaking options, the Purple Island has something for everyone in the family.
The island’s name comes from when it was the main site of the Kassite-controlled purple dye industry in the second millennium BC. This was a thriving industry at the time, since purple has traditionally been associated with royalty. Today, visitors can kayak or hike around the island, and camping is allowed onsite, offering a rustic experience.
If you’re planning a visit, the best time to do so is between November to February as the weather is just the right shade of cool at this time of year.
The island’s spectacular natural beauty makes it the ideal place to bird watch, walk in nature, spot a variety of marine animals, kayak though the mangroves or cross the wooden bridge that connects the island with small hills and Purple Island Beach.
Keep in mind that there are no facilities on the island, and no shade provided, so prepare accordingly. Bring your own supplies, hat or shade of any kind, appropriate footwear to walk around and of course, leave no trace behind; pick up any trash and take it with you before leaving.
The Hayya platform makes it easy for visitors to experience a seamless entry process on arrival in Qatar.
Among the mangroves, this idyllic island is teeming with wildlife, flora and fauna including rare and exotic birds. In the waters you’ll spot local fish and crabs.