The Rest and Recuperation program at Camp As Sayliyah, Qatar, surpassed 145,000 participants this month, officials said Friday.

The R&R program was established in 2004 to give a short break to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in the region. The program offers four-day passes that give a respite from the war zone.

Among the activities are shopping trips, swimming, a Chili’s restaurant, and a bar (three drink limit), along with a spa and some limited golf offerings.

Trips to sand dunes, the beach, water sports offerings and cruises are also popular.

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign-up to receive a daily email of today’s top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign up