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Al-Zubara Fort

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Al-Zubara Fort

101 Reviews
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Explore North of Qatar: Visit Zubarah Fort and Fishing Town of Al Khor
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Explore North of Qatar: Visit Zubarah Fort and Fishing Town of Al Khor

During this tour to the North of Qatar, we will explore the fishing town of Al Khor and also Al Zubara Fort – a historical military fortress that overlooks the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Qatar with the a stunning sunset view.
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May T wrote a review Mar 2020
Doha, Qatar58 contributions15 helpful votes
Nice to see but not as big as expected. Compared to the other world sites its a pretty small fort. Located a bit far from the city in the desert so there is nothing else to see around it. if you have short time in Doha, I would skip, but If you have time then why not:)
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Date of experience: May 2019
Climb14ers wrote a review Feb 2020
Colorado Springs, Colorado1,785 contributions234 helpful votes
This fort is part of the Al-Zubara archeological site. There is not much to see in the fort itself but there are great exhibits about the history of the area.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Kerry-Lee wrote a review Feb 2020
Doha, Qatar71 contributions8 helpful votes
After reading other reviews about this I was conflicted whether to go or not. Contrary to what others have said it was only an hour drive. I’m confused on why people are saying it’s so far away! Also, contrary to what I read about the archeological site, there is no need for a 4x4. We took our tiny little rental car that’s pretty much like driving a tuna can. Great opportunity to teach our kids about the pearl and trading industry in Qatar’s history as well as a geography lesson. If you are going to drive to the fort, make sure to driver over to the archeological site which is 2 min away. Here you’ll find the old pearling town that was buried under layers of sand and recently, partly excavated. Great photo opportunity and a fun thing to do as a family. It was pretty cool getting to visit an UNESCO world heritage site. If you have the time and the weather isn’t too hot, I highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Zareen15 wrote a review Jan 2020
Doha, Qatar245 contributions56 helpful votes
Contrary to what people told me the roads leading to this fort are quite good so there is no requirement as such of a 4x4. It’s around 2 hours away from Doha. Situated in the north part of Qatar and towards one side is the sea. The closest town is called Shamal but it mostly of deserted villas. We didn’t find any good restaurants to eat there only 1 Ruwais mall which looked pretty small from the outside. The fort itself is well maintained and has rooms on the ground floor with archives. Top floor is closed for visitors. It has a small gift shop as well. Toilets are clean and well maintained with spray, toilet paper, soap dispenser and running water. It is a good day trip during the winter months not sure if summer time will be good to visit as it gets extremely hot in Doha.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Greg F wrote a review Jan 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand644 contributions41 helpful votes
Al Zubara Fort is located about an hour and a half from Doha center and is really a gem in the middle of the desert. The drive is mostly on the motorway through vast expanses of desert with nothing in the name of sites. The fort appears out of no where. We hired a driver and car for about 350 total to take us to the fort and Al-Khor for the day. ( not too bad) considering public transport is almost non existent to this part. There was no entry fee at the time with the sole security guard the only person for some distance. Inside you learn about the history of the area and more importantly the history of Qatar and it’s importance. Very informative. Toilets are available just outside the fort. There is an archaeological site a few kms away but we didn’t make it there. If you have an extra day in Qatar it’s well worth the effort to get to this heritage site and is a refreshing change from the mordernity of Doha and the surrounding areas.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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