(visited by Bert Heijna, Edie Boyer, Lea Vanlishout, Nina Louesse, Thierry Louesse, Cathy Louesse, Steijn Kenis, Annik Kenis, Sue Rennie, Chris Rennie, Rex Wong, Danny Svoboda, Rob Werkman, Chris Wentworth, Thijs Heijna, Annemarie Heijna, Agnes Heijna and Alison Moore)
10-Dec-2004 -- As this is the only onshore confluence point in Qaṭar, we figured it might well be a good start for our first Confluence attempt. The plan for the day was to visit the lowest point, as well as the highest point in Qaṭar, and the confluence point is situated conveniently between those two.
We left Dawḥa around 09:30, heading for Salwā. The cave (25°10'27"N 51°12'45"E) is to the right near the Earth Satellite Tracking Station. The official name for the cave is the Musfer Sinkhole; it has a depth of about 100 meters, though filled with loose sand at the bottom. The cave is located in an area with abundant depressions due to karstification of the gypsum layers in the Dammam and Rus formations.
We headed further southwest along the Salwā road towards the highest point of Qaṭar. Just after the town of al-Kir`āna we turned off the tarmac, and after a drive through the stony desert arrived at our first confluence point.
Continuing southwest, we turned directly south towards the Sawdā' Nathīl police post at the T-junction. The police station is a border crossing with Sa`udi-Arabia, which however is out of use for official traffic. After about 26 km due south, we turned west and went up the Ṭuwayyir al-Ḥamīr, which has a height of 103 m. Fortunately, there is a road leading to the flattish top of the jabal. The view to the South is similar to the views east, west, and north: a stony desert with hardly any vegetation.