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Visiting Musfur Sinkhole in Qatar

October 9, 2021 5 Comments

Musfur Sinkhole is the deepest and relatively easiest cave to access in Qatar. This of course implies that there are other caves in Qatar but I haven’t been able to confirm the existence of any others. When visiting this site, please go in with the right expectations- this is a hole in the ground. Don’t get me wrong- its quite fascinating to the see the ground just open up in one particular spot.

But thats really all it is- a cave which you can easily explore in 30 minutes. While its worth a visit for the intrepid traveller, it might take you longer to reach here from Doha than you will actually spend at the cave.

GEtting there

It will take around 50 minutes to reach the cave from central Doha. You will head west on Salwa Road and take the exit just before Mekaines Motel. The CORRECT Google Maps link can be found here:

There is a portion where you will go off road and while the sand is hard, there are large rocks. If you have a 4WD or an SUV with a high clearance, you can probably drive all the way to the cave. Otherwise you can do what Polar did and park your car near the farm and walk around 10 minutes to the cave. This is the spot you’ll see when its time to park and start walking:

The cave is surrounded by a fence but there is an opening and you can easily enter.

What to expect when visiting Musfur Sinkhole:

When you enter the 12 meter opening of the cave you will immediately see the layering of different kinds of rock and sediments, many nesting birds and traces of small mammals. Thankfully bats were not spotted. There is no clear path down into the cave; you can basically scramble down anywhere. The temperature drops dramatically as you descend into the cave.

The most interesting thing you’ll see are crystals at the bottom of the cave but its dark so you may need a torch/flashlight to explore in detail.

Sadly there is some graffiti on the rocks and of course, there’s trash but please don’t contribute to this!

Is visiting Musfur Sinkhole worthwhile?

All in all, visiting Musfur Sinkhole is a good idea if you happen to be in the area but I probably wouldn’t recommend this as the sole destination of a day trip from Doha. If you are taking kids along, please monitor them carefully as there are no railings and the rocks can cause serious injury. According to the Panda Rating Scale, this experience lost some points in most categories so please don’t go to the sinkhole with unrealistic expectations!

I was happy I got to visit this interesting and unique place in Qatar. If you time it just right, you’ll share the spot with some neighboring camels and a stunning sunset. Of course it doesn’t hold a candle to my favorite sinkhole- Bimmah sinkhole in Oman- but its still a unique place to visit. For more facts on this sinkhole, read this link.

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Would you consider visiting Musfur Sinkhole in Qatar? Or have I just put it on your list? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Comments

  • Juliette Giannesini (@Xiaozhuli) October 10, 2021 at 9:32 am

    The pictures are super impressive, I’ve never seen anything like that before!

    • expatpanda October 10, 2021 at 10:03 am

      Thank you so much 😊

    • expatpanda October 11, 2021 at 8:30 am

      Thank you 😊

  • winteroseca October 10, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Caves certainly provide a unique experience!

    • expatpanda October 11, 2021 at 8:30 am

      Yes they really do!

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