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HISTORICAL SITES

AL KOOT FORT

Al Koot Fort, most commonly known as the Doha Fort, is a historical military fortress located in the heart of Doha, Qatars capital city. It was built in 1927 by Sheikh Abdulla bin Qassim Al Thani, better known as Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, who ruled Qatar from 1913 until 1949, after Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani, Sheikh Abdullahs brother, abdicated in favor of him.[1] The fort was later converted into a museum.[2][3] Qatari traditional handicrafts, products and photos of daily life with illustrations are housed in the fort. Exhibits and artw...

ZUBARAH FORT

The Zubarah Fort was originally built by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938 to serve as a Coast Guard station, although some utter that it was built to serve as a police station. It was later renovated into a museum to display diverse exhibits and artworks, most especially for contemporarily topical archaeological findings Also known as Al Zubarah or Az Zubarah, the town where the Zubarah Fort is situated in, is a deserted town located on the northwestern coast of the Qatari Peninsula, in the municipality of Madinat ash Shamal, which in turn, is ab...

ZEKREET

Zekreet is a village in north-western Qatar near Dukhan and about 90 km northwest of Doha.[1] Originally a sparsely populated area, Zekreet was built up in the 1940s after oil operations commenced in Qatar. This included the construction of a harbor for oil equipment and a number of small houses which eventually developed into a village.[2] There are a number of visitor attractions and old ruins at the site, one of the most notable being Zekreet Fort.

FILM CITY

The film city is a contemporary recreation of an antique Arabic village nestled behind a canyon in the desert of the Zekreet peninsula. The Film City is located in one of Qatars truly fantastic site that is entirely deserted. The visitors really feel as they may have stepped into one of the ghost towns in the American west; with anomalous palm trees rather than tumbleweeds afford a visual treat in the never-ending arid landscape. The replica village was said to either function as the set of a big Hollywood production or for a native Arabic film, or for Qata...

PURPLE ISLAND

Al Khor Island, also known as Purple Island, is not one of the most popular day trips from Dohaeven some veteran Doha expats will be genuinely stumped when you ask about it. But dont let that put you off; its well worth visiting this deserted and interesting corner of Qatar. Despite its name, Purple Island is surprisingly green especially given that it is in a country that gets less than 71 mm of rain per year. Its lush mangrove forest will provide a welcome blast of green to any Doha dweller. The island is situated near Al Khor and is only a forty-...