The most common dive sites the divers in Qatar visit
Starting by GMC Reef:
It is located in Mesaieed, Sealine and it is like an hour’s drive from Doha.
The reef was built in 2018 with cooperation between GMC Distributor in Qatar Almannai Corporation and Alghais Diving Center and the municipality, so it is a man-made reef.
The idea was to build a dive site suitable for teaching SCUBA diving courses for beginners after the closure of the Old Clue Reef during the blockade between the GCC countries.
The dive site as you see in the picture below has 4 cars (Envoy at 6 to 7 meters, GMC van at 10 to 12 meters, GMC pickup at the deepest point of the site which is 12 to 14 meters, and GMC Yukon at 10 to 12 meters).
The visibility 4 to 6 meters on average and the marine life Blue Angel Fish, Sergeant Major, Groupers, Batfish, Barracuda, Spangled Emperor, Towbar Sea bream, Snappers, small Rays, Saddleback, Needlefish Jellyfish, Cuttlefish, and Crab.
There were extra reef balls deployed as well the same day and it was given by the municipality, they are scattered around the site.
The dive site is a destination now to many divers as it offers easy access by car and it is near the shore plus it grows a good amount of marine life to enjoy your dive in it.
Dooba dive site:
It is located at the same spot from shore compared to the GMC site, the difference that it is 300 meters swim from shore.
The depth is 18 to 20 meters and the visibility 4 to 6 meters on average.
Marine life will be the same as the GMC site except occasionally we can see big fishes such as kingfish and barracudas also turtles visit there as well.
It is a great spot for wreck diving lovers and again it is accessible from shore without a boat ride which considered and easy access as well regardless of the long swim to the site 🙂
New Club Reef:
It is located on the same beach where the GMC dive site is located but it will be first before you reach the GMC site, like 300 meters away.
The visibility 4 to 6 meters on average and the marine life Blue Angel Fish, Sergeant Major, Groupers, Batfish, Barracuda, Spangled Emperor, Towbar Sea bream, Snappers, small Rays, Saddleback, Needlefish Jellyfish, Cuttlefish, and Crab similar to GMC.
The dive site considered to be deeper than GMC and shallower compare to Duba, 12 to 16 is where most of the objects are located.
New Club Reef is a man-made artificial reef, was made by the diving community a long time back around 20 to 30 years and it was formed to enrich the marine life in the sealine and to have a dive site for divers as well.
The site consists of bicycles, concrete reef-balls, big tank pipes, and blocks.
As it is located near the GMC dive site so you dive in New Club Reef 1st dive or 2nd dive and the other dive to be at GMC reef.
Done By: Valentina Facundo
We thank Valentina Facundo and also Carlos for providing these maps which can be very useful to all the divers.