The Middle Eastern kingdom of Qatar is offering boarders the chance to hit the hot desert sand this summer to make up for missing out on the snow version of the sport this past winter.

“For 2021, the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) is inviting those who missed out on a ski or snowboarding trip to visit the country when borders re-open to get out of their comfort zone and try something new – at a fraction of the cost,” a spokesperson for the organisation said.

The QNTC is working in partnership with Q Explorer Tourism to offer this novel alternative in the spectacular dunes of Khor Al Adaid at up to a third off the price of the normal cost of sand sports experiences until September 2021.

Qatar National Tourism Council

Q Explorer Tourism is promoting three package deals for day trips, as well as one and two-night stays for two to four people. Sandboarding in the desert near Qatar’s Inland Sea, Khor Al Adaid, offers “…a thrilling ride down the sands in the warm Arabian breeze,” a company statement reads.

Chief Operating Officer of Qatar National Tourism Council, Berthold Trenkel said: “Travel restrictions have been challenging for many over the last 12 months and there is strong pent-up demand for adventure and new experiences among travellers. We invite those who enjoy the exhilaration of the slopes to seek their adrenalin rush on the desert dunes this year.”