Singing Sandstorms

A few weeks ago, I arranged to go to the singing dunes with some friends of mine. The date was set for 17 May.

As we got nearer the date, the forecast was for a really windy, sandy day…but what do you do? Do you let down your friends and not go, or just put up with extreme exfoliation?

I went for option B. I’m still not convinced it was the right one…

The winds were so strong you can see the sand flying off the top of the dune:

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We tried to park our cars in an L-shape to keep the wind away…

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But it was futile. Our drinks had a layer of sand at the bottom, and the crisps had extra crunch. I added to my sandman look by sliding down the dunes and hearing them hum, before we headed home again!

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That’s not actually me in case you were wondering, but there are no photos of me up the dune as I was the only wally who got their phone out to take pictures. I don’t think my poor mobile will ever be the same again.

On the way back there were some rather random sights:

Firstly we found the graveyard of Qatari cars. Row upon row of rusting vehicles:

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And this sign at the new-looking hospital in Al Wakrah.

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Yes that does say Gynecology Emergency.

Shudder.

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About Steff Gaulter

Al Jazeera English's Senior Weather Presenter
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