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“UNESCO world heritage site - revamped and ready for exploration!”
Review of Al-Zubara Fort

Al-Zubara Fort
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$104.00*
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Historical Day Trip: North of Qatar from Doha
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$264.00*
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 18, 2014

Qatar is still a young and rapidly developing country and as such, heritage attractions are few and far between. However, Zubarah fort and the surrounding archaeological hinterland is well worth a trip and represents a shining pearl of history in an otherwise baron historical landscape. This is because the fort, along with the archaeological town down on the coast, has just been given UNESCO world heritage status. The fort had just been restored and installed within is an impressive exhibition detailing the history of Zubarah and its role in establishing Qatar as an important place of trade. This includes interactive touch screens and a small film in a room directly next to a newly opened shop (in which you can buy snacks, drinks books and postcards). A short distance away is a small exhibition of the recently uncovered archaeological finds found on the ongoing archaeological excavations that are occurring in the buried town down on the beach, a mere 5 minute drive away. These we found could be visited on a weekday and we were lucky to arrive and talk to the archaeologists actually working there. They actually gave tours to groups of school children and other interested parties up from Doha for the day. They were equally happy to answer questions from tourists! I personally don’t agree with some of the other reviews of this place - it is interesting to visit such a remote place; it is cool to wander around the ruins and indeed talk to the fascinating people who work there; and indeed it is fantastic to experience the countryside outside the melting pot that is Doha city. Well worth a trip!

1  Thank Trowelman
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

We went to Al-Zubarah Fort and excavation site with a school field trip. It was fantastic. Our tour guide was an archaeologist who works at the dig site. He showed us around the fort and explained the reasons why it was built the way it was and answered the children's questions. Then he took us over to the campsite and put us in a very hot tent to show us artifacts and other interesting bits of information about the archaeological dig. We then loaded up in a bus and went to the dig site where we were shown the city walls, and allowed to walk through some of the rooms that had been excavated. He was careful to point out lots of interesting information and the kids had a blast. I believe the dig site is now open to the public and it is well worth seeing. Try to go with a guide so that you don't miss anything. It really is a fascinating piece of Qatar history.

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Reviewed November 21, 2013

As limited as the attractions are in Qatar, this one is still not worth the trek. A well restored 4 walls and a cannon....that's it plus some sand. Heritage ruins and excavations next door would be cool if you were allowed in.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

One of the most disappointing experiences that I have had. The fort is small and under construction- nothing to write back home about. Except for a guard, there is no one to explain it's significance etc. There is absolutely nothing in the surrounding area to eat/drink etc and we tried driving to the end of the Qatar tip, hoping to at least picnic by the sea, but no such luck as everything is "off limits".......definitely not worth wasting the day on, unless, f course like me, you want to say, "Oh well, I seen Qatar from South to North and back in 3 hours:)

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

A historical small fort. Do not miss this place while visiting Qatar at about 2 hours drive from Doha. Adjacent beach is clam but stony. Best place to spend a part of day. Do not forget to take water and food etc along as there is no shop at the moment.

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