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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.

From Doha: Private Tour of Northern Qatar

2. 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.

Doha: Northern Qatar Guided History Tour with Entrance Fees

3. Doha: Northern Qatar Guided History Tour with Entrance Fees

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: History & Heritage of Qatar

4. 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.

From Doha: Half-Day Trip to North Qatar with Guide

5. From Doha: Half-Day Trip to North Qatar with Guide

North Qatar known as historical place of Qatar which was earlier habitats of People of Qatar, It was famous for Pearl diving and fishing while home for boudin life. There are many historical attractions and UNESCO Sites including: Al Zubara Fort Purple Island Al Barzan Tower

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What people are saying about Al Khor

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 42 reviews

I loved Waleed. He was so kind and smart. Told me everything I wanna know. So the tour was very informative and cool. For me was a good experience I get picked up directly from the hotel and get bringing back. Take a bottle of water and some cookies with u, like I did, and everything is alright!

Beautiful tour in the desert, expert guide from all points of view, camel ride, descent on the board on the dunes, remarkable evolutions on the dunes by the driver and a beautiful view of the inland sea. Definitely to be recommended.

Perfect tour guide. I recommend to everyone. We felt very good. All our requests have been fulfilled.

Javid was an amazing guide. Also is a fantastic photographer. The tour exceeded my expectations

Perfect trip, good driver, nice places to visit, Zubara fort Ánd mangrooves are beutiful