Al Zubara Fort

Al Zubara Fort, Madinat Ash Shamal: Address, Al Zubara Fort Reviews: 4/5

Al Zubara Fort
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On the shores of Northwest Qatar the historic fort of Al Zubarah overlooks the ruins of a once bustling pearling and trading town. Founded in the 18th century, Al Zubarah was one of several independent settlements that operated outside of the control of large empires that were jostling for influence in the region. Now buried beneath the desert sands Al Zubarah tells the story of an important page in world history that saw rise of the modern Gulf states. Al Zubarah Archaeological Site includes the ruins of a major 18th-century trading and pearling settlement, the ruins of a 19th-century settlement and the iconic 20th-century fort that still stands proud against the desert skyline. In July of 2013 the site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in recognition for its preservation and as a unique example of a formative period. You can learn more about the site, its history, environment and the work being carried out there at the new exhibit in Al Zubarah Fort.
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Greg F
Auckland Central, New Zealand995 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
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.
Written January 23, 2020
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Kerry-Lee
Doha, Qatar86 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
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.
Written February 12, 2020
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VinnieLondon
Doha, Qatar7,145 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Around 100km north of Doha on Shamal road in Shamal Municipality. Built in late 1930’s as a Coast Guard station by Sheikh Bin Jassim in what was once a busy trading town. This is also an important archaeological site with World Heritage status and a visitor centre. Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions could not access the fort itself to see the archaeological exhibits etc but the site and view of the fort itself well worth the trip out from Doha.
Written April 23, 2021
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Zareen15
Doha, Qatar245 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
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.
Written January 31, 2020
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May Tee
Doha, Qatar67 contributions
May 2019
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:)
Written March 7, 2020
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Demoz
Doha, Qatar104 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Qatar's first and only Unesco World Heritage site appears in the desert as if out of nowhere, built in 1938, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most extensive and best preserved examples of an 18th–19th century settlement in the region, am really proud that al-zubara fort located in my country, and what really impressed me that it has four striking towers and stands alone in a sea of sand.
Written July 1, 2019
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kmd_india
Doha, Qatar45 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
Small gardens but nicely maintained .. worth minimum one visit with family.
Al Dhalouf allows only family entry.
Very good place for children to spend an hour or more.
Written June 7, 2013
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Professor_UK
London, UK87 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
By car it took us 1.5 hours to get there. Difficult to find using the sat navigation system but we found it in the end. Take toilet paper and wet wipes with you (everywhere where you travel). The loo's are dirty, filthy, disgusting and wet. But by the time you get to this destination you will need the loo. Otherwise try and go to a service station on route. Its a man made fort - a square building that you can see in less than 30 mintues. There's a sad looking camel that you don't want to ride. There is no place to drink. Theres a shop selling tourist stuff - you are better off going to a souq. its worth a visit only to get out of Doha if you want to see some desert. But not worth a second look. Boring. Security guard outside (African guy) was lovely and friendly and very welcoming.
Written February 26, 2017
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Climb14ers
Colorado Springs, CO1,762 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
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.
Written February 23, 2020
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we2luv2travelglobal
Germany171 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
I never knew anything about Qatar's rich history in the early Pearl trade, and this site and area are such a tremendous resource and find that tells the story so well. Thank you UNESCO! The fort and village and history are do insightful in the telling. Plan on a long drive.
Written April 4, 2019
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