Al Zubarah: Qatar’s Largest Heritage Site
No trip to Doha is complete without a visit to the Al Zubarah Fort, located close to the town of Al Ruwais.
The Zubarah Fort is an iconic desert fort of Qatar. Its name was derived from the archaeological site of Al Zubarah town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The fort is immaculately preserved and is one of the best examples of 18th – 19th-century settlements in the regions.
In the past, it was ranked as one of the Gulf’s most important pearl diving and trading centres that were linked to the Indian Ocean, and it was considered a prosperous trading town – making it one of the places to visit in Doha.
Today the fort serves as a wonderful museum. On the ground floor, there’s a small exhibition about the fort and the surrounding area that should not be missed.
It is a very beautiful fort, even though it’s not actually very old. The fort is only an hour’s drive outside of Doha, but it’s definitively worth the visit.