Qatar’s Purple Island beckons visitors

October 19, 2020

As the weather turns pleasant in Qatar, the Purple Island (also known as Jazirat bin Ghanim) is attracting a lot of people.
Even though the COVID protocol in place, a large number of people are visiting the island, which is the only one of its kind in Qatar.
“The Purple Island is lovely tourist destination. It is rich in natural vegetation, clean environment and easily accessible,” a said a family member, who was visiting the place for the first time.
Purple Island is an island located in the municipality of Al Khor and 40 km away from Doha on the northeast coast of Qatar.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, a tour operator in Doha said, “We are following a self-imposed Covid protocol and not in position to go for wide campaign now. But, as committed tour operator, we always give guidance and detailed information about the island to those who visits the island as their own.”
The island spans over 1.67 square kilometers and is famous for mangroves (Avicennia marin).

A student at Qatar University said, “Water under the mangroves is ideal breeding place of a variety of fish. They also provide shelter to a large variety of migratory birds and snails. Visiting the island at sunrise is a unique experience.”

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