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Al Zubara Fort: Our most recommended tours and activities

Doha: Private Trip of North Qatar, Zubara Fort, & Mangroves

1. Doha: Private Trip of North Qatar, Zubara Fort, & Mangroves

This special tour will take you to the past of Qatar. From where it all began. The northern part of Qatar, which plays a great role in the country’s rich cultural history. Starting the tour with Al Khor’s harbor, the country's center for pearl diving & fishing in the old times. And old ship repairing and renovating yard. After that you will visit Al-Thakira mangroves. Which is one of the hidden gem of Qatar. Al-Thakhira mangroves forest is among Qatar’s oldest and largest forests. And then you will visit Al Zubara Fort. This 20th century fort is the youngest and most prominent feature of the Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A pristine example of a typical Arab fort, its one-meter-thick walls warded off invaders and helped keep rooms cool during the hot summer. Originally built by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938 to serve as a Coast Guard station, the Zubara Fort now serves as a museum displaying a varied collection of exhibits and artworks, with a focus on contemporary topical archaeological findings. The fort, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in recognition for its preservation and as a unique example of a formative period, is the perfect place for fans of Middle Eastern history to learn more about military life in Qatar in the 18th and 19th centuries. After all this, you will also be able to see an old traditional Qatari village.

Doha North Tour:Olafur Eliasson, Zubara Fort, Jumail Village

2. Doha North Tour:Olafur Eliasson, Zubara Fort, Jumail Village

Explore northern Qatar on a guided day tour from Doha. See Eliasson's installation "Shadows Travelling on the Sea of the Day," explore the abanded fishing village, Al-Jumail, and discover the 20th-century Al Zubara fort. Begin your day with a hotel pickup in Doha. Head to Al Zubara fort in the Al Zubara Archaeological Site. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about Middle Eastern history and military life in Qatar in the 18th and 19th centuries. Next, drive into the desert, passing Ain Mohammed village, to reach Olafur Eliasson's latest public art installation, Shadows Travelling on the Sea of the Day. The desert, dotted with traces of animals, desert plants, and rock formations, expands around the installation for miles, encouraging viewers to come in contact with themselves and their surroundings. Look up to see the ceilings fitted with large mirrors reflecting the sandy ground below. The artist wants viewers to realize that when they look up, they actually look back down. Connect with your surroundings and the ground as you explore the installation. Continue to Al-Jumail Village, an abandoned pearling and fishing village. Explore this 19th-century village and learn why people left for the big cities in the 20th century. Finish your tour with a trip to the northernmost point of Qatar before returning to Doha.

Doha: Northern Qatar Guided History Tour

3. Doha: Northern Qatar Guided History Tour

Begin your tour with a comfortable drive-by vehicle to discover the heritage of Qatar. Stop at Al Zubara fort, an important archaeological site with a fortress that has been turned into a museum. Continue Al Khor, a town known for its harbor and lovely beaches. The next stop is at Al Khor Island, also known as Jazirat bin Ghanim and Purple Island. It accommodates the only archaeological site in the country attributable to the second millennium BC. Next, stop at al Dhakhira city, which used to be a fisherman and pearl hunter village to see the cargo and fishing dhow boats. Finally, you will then head back to Doha.

From Doha: Private Tour of Northern Qatar

4. From Doha: Private Tour of Northern Qatar

After pickup from your hotel, you'll head for Al Khor, which means "sea on three sides" in Arabic. The city is older than Doha, but far smaller in size. It used to be the center of the pearling industry in Qatar. Today it boasts a scenic harbour where you can find traditional fishing dhows and a museum showcasing the fishing, pearling, and dhow-building industries. Next you'll visit a dhow repair yard where traditional dhows, which are still being used commercially in Qatar, are maintained and repaired. Learn about process of building and maintaining dhows at this specially built boat yard. From the dhow repair yard, head north to the Al Takhira Mangroves. The mangrove colony is both a major tourist attraction and an important natural environmental resource for Qatar. It provides a natural habitat and a sanctuary for birds, fish, and other animals while also preventing coastal erosion. The final stop on your tour is at Al Zubarah Fort, an important UNESCO listed archeological site on the north-western coast of Qatar. Al-Zubarah was once a flourishing port and a center of trade, fishing and pearling. An international team of archaeologists, led by the Qatar Museums Authority, have uncovered many of the artifacts which are displayed in the renovated fort.

From Doha: History & Heritage of Qatar

5. From Doha: History & Heritage of Qatar

Your adventure begins when you’re picked up from Doha and begin heading north for around 40 kilometers. Your first stop will be Al Zubarah, an important archaeological site made famous by its old fort. A square-shaped site with circular towers in three of its corners and a rectangular tower in the fourth, this fascinating fort-cum-museum was built in 1938 during the rule of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al-Thani and was erected upon the ruins of a neighboring fort. You’ll then move on to Al Ruwais to discover the Dhow Harbor and also pass by Al Jumail Abandoned Village & see remains of an old traditional village. Here you’ll take a short break at Ruwais beach to enjoy the fresh sea breeze. On your way back to Doha, you’ll pass by Al Khor, the second-biggest town in Qatar renowned for its gorgeous harbor and golden beaches.

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What people are saying about Al Zubara Fort

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Mr Zeenatullah arrived early to take my husband & I on our 4 hour tour of Doha. Our relaxing drive in his spacious, pleasantly air conditioned car was a delight as we sipped hot Chai bought by Mr Z. We were shown off the beaten track wonders that are a photographer's dream. Mr Z is a courteous, honorable man who gives 100% to his guests. He is knowledgeable & takes great care to explain the sights. As we had left something behind at our motel, Mr Z offered to drop us back at the motel after our tour & then dropped us at our shopping destination in his own time. He is a most generous man. We had a wonderful day with Mr Z & we highly recommend him. John & Sue.

We really enjoyed the tour with our guide Mehti, he was very communicative and was able to tell us a lot about the history. He listened to and fulfilled all of our requests. Cool drinks were available and the car was clean. Mehti is a very pleasant person and I would have liked to have done all the tours with him. :)

Our guide was very good, despite the rainy weather he made my trip unforgettable. Olafur Eliasson’s installation was stunning! Keep in mind that you need to walk to see it. It would be better to mention it in tour details. But it worth it!!! This memories will be with me all my life.

The guide Farhan was excellent. Shared many details on the areas we visited and didn't mind the time extension as 4hrs was a bit short to experience all the sights North Qatar has to offer.

Great guide who explained a lot about the history of Qatar. It was very worth it!