Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

November Ramble:  A Wilderness Exploration of Umm Tais

Friday November 2sd, 2018

Richer Environments and the Qatar Natural History Group, are joining forces for the third year in a row to organize and lead an ecological adventure as part of QGBC’s Sustainability Week 2018.

Organization Name: Richer Environments and Qatar Natural History Group
Contact Name: Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou (5516 5426) / Sheri Kenly (6656 0604)
Contact Number: 5516 5426 / 6656 0604
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City: Doha / Umm Tais

Gathering Place and Time

Meeting point for those who require a ride: Landmark, Marks & Spencer Parking Lot (N 25.333338° E 51.464307°) or Meeting point for the tour: Al Shamal Park Parking Lot (N 26.124338° E 51.210247°)

Event Start Time: 6 am at Landmark, Marks & Spencer Parking Lot or 7:30 am at Al Shamal Park Parking Lot
Event End Time: 1 pm or leave when you need to
Event Type: Public


If you ever thought that the desert doesn’t have a forest, or that the desert is a barren landscape devoid of wildlife, or if you are just looking for an excuse to enjoy nature, please join us in this wilderness exploration in one of the most majestic and hidden natural treasures of Qatar. Desert ecologist Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou, will guide us in crossing mangrovial forests from the sabkha to the open Gulf, and through fun activities she will let us in on the formation of these ecosystems and on the secret lives of the organisms that inhabit Umm Tais from the small and mighty microbes to the tall and elegant herons.

We will have a chance to swim in the Gulf waters and have our lunch there, before departing. Depending on the tide on the day, we might get wet up to waist length, so it is advisable to wear a swim suit under your clothes. Some parts of the area are rocky and covered by thick sediment so it is advisable to wear wet shoes.

What to bring with you: a hat, a snack, lunch, plenty of water, your swim suit, wet shoes, sun-screen, towels, and a change of clothes

4x4 cars are not required for this tour.

The event is open to the public. The fee for joining is QR 30 per person.

 To register, please fill out this form


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