Purple Island

Located in the northeast of Qatar, Bin Ghannam Island, popularly known as Purple Island, is a must-visit spot. An hour’s drive from Doha, near Al Khor city, the island is famous for its natural beauty, exotic flora and fauna, and is ideal for a day trip for the whole family.

The island’s name comes from when it was the main site of the Kassite-controlled purple dye industry in the second millennium BC.  This was a thriving industry at the time, since purple has traditionally been associated with royalty.  Today, visitors can kayak or hike around the island, and camping is allowed onsite, offering a rustic experience. 

If you’re planning a visit, the best time to do so is between November to February as the weather is just the right shade of cool at this time of year.

The island’s spectacular natural beauty makes it the ideal place to bird watch, walk in nature, spot a variety of marine animals, kayak though the mangroves or cross the wooden bridge that connects the island with small hills and Purple Island Beach.

Keep in mind that there are no facilities on the island, and no shade provided, so prepare accordingly. Bring your own supplies, hat or shade of any kind, appropriate footwear to walk around and of course, leave no trace behind; pick up any trash and take it with you before leaving.