Fuwairit Kite Beach to open this year, Qatar Tourism announces

Kitesurfers and beachgoers, get ready as Fuwairit Kite Beach will be opening soon at Qatar’s northern coast.

Qatar Tourism made the announcement on its official social media pages. “Exhilarating views while surfing the bright blue waves. We can’t wait for Fuwairit Kite Beach to open! With water and winds ideal for kitesurfers, Qatar offers some of the world’s best spots for kitesurfing,” it said.

“Experience Qatar’s coastline and calm sea, where water sports enthusiasts can soak in adventuresome activities like kitesurfing, paddle-boarding, parasailing, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba-diving and more,” it added.

Fuwairit Kite Beach is described as “one of the world’s best kitesurfing secrets” and “the best of both worlds”. The nine-month perfect wind and flat lagoon of the area combined make it ideal for the sport. 

Aside from kiteboarding, the beach also has a resort, an accommodation 30m from the shore, yoga studio, fully equipped gym, pool, and offers services for snorkeling, diving, and serves a variety of authentic Qatari flavours and international dishes. Beginner or seasoned surfer need not to worry as onsite experts and teachers are stationed at the beach for training.

Hannah Whiteley, a professional kitesurfer described the beach as “perfect”, adding, “It’s going to be fantastic if the world tour has a stop here. Flat water, windy every day. I know the other pro riders are going to love it. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for a wheel stop here because I’m definitely keen to come back. Having a resort, the kitesurfing like this on the beach is definitely the dream and there isn’t anywhere like this in the Middle East […] and it’s going to be really cool when it opens.”

“The wind looks like it can be really good and the spot with this flat water, the sandbar out the back has been [amazing]. I’m looking forward to maybe coming back again one day,” said professional kiteboarder Aaron Hadlow.

The Fuwairit Kite Beach is 90 minutes from Hamad International Airport 

In July this year, Qatar Tourism became the Official Tourism Partner of the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) Kite World Tour for three years while Qatar Airways is the Kite World Tour’s Title Partner and Official Airline. Qatar Tourism will become the title sponsor for events held in Qatar.

Next year, 2023, GKA World Tour opening and finals is set in the country, as revealed earlier by GKA Secretary-General Dr. Jörgen Vogt .

According to GKA, Kitesurfing is the fastest growing and most popular of the various kite-sport activities and offers various pathways for elite level, professional kitesurfers.

The sport of kitesurfing now has established kite freestyle, wave and racing World Championship events and competitions. Kite racing will make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024. There are also other more specialised discipline events such as kicker and slider riding events that also take place annually.