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Mangrove Forest

Mangroves are a group of trees and shrubs that live in the coastal intertidal zone. There are about 80 different species of mangrove trees. All of these trees grow in areas with low-oxygen soil, where slow-moving waters allow fine sediments to accumulate. Mangrove forests only grow at tropical and subtropical latitudes near the equator because they cannot withstand freezing temperatures.

Many mangrove forests can be recognized by their dense tangle of prop roots that make the trees appear to be standing on stilts above the water. This tangle of roots allows the trees to handle the daily rise and fall of tides, which means that most mangroves get flooded at least twice per day. The roots also slow the movement of tidal waters, causing sediments to settle out of the water and build up the muddy bottom. Mangrove forests stabilize the coastline, reducing erosion from storm surges, currents, waves, and tides. The intricate root system of mangroves also makes these forests attractive to fish and other organisms seeking food and shelter from predators.

Mangrove Nature Reserve Al Thakira | Qatar

Discover the enchanting Purple Island, a hidden gem near Al Thakira, This small island, known locally as Jazirat Bin Ghannam, gets its name from the ancient purple dye production site found here, dating back to the Kassite period. The unique mangrove ecosystem and rich history make Purple Island a captivating destination, offering a serene escape into nature and a glimpse into Qatar’s vibrant past. Join us for an unforgettable kayaking adventure through this historical and ecological treasure.”

Purple Island

This is an excellent tour for all ages, including singles and families. First, we explore the Al Thakira nature reserve, an hour away from Doha. Then, on low tides, we head out to the mangrove bay and explore a large channel several kilometers from our launch site under good conditions. Under higher tides, we explore different winding channels of the Al Thakira mangroves taking in the views of wildlife life, including reef egrets, terns, herons, and enjoy an occasional jumping fish. Finally, we usually stop at the local beach to relax. Our biology specialist will share his love of this tremendous Qatari ecosystem and deliver an exciting ecology and biology speech.