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!
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