As expats in Qatar many of us can be guilty of not getting out of the city but there is more to Qatar than Doha! One place that any resident or visit should explore is Northern Qatar. In particular the Qatar Forts, in particular the Zubarah fort which have been award protected status from UNESCO.
How to get to the Qatar Forts and UNESCO Zubarah Fort
Our day started by driving 1 hour and ten minutes out of the city as we headed towards al Ruwais! Al ruwais is the port town of Doha. With 4000 inhabitants it is more a sleepy fishing town than what you would imagine a commercial port to be like.
Why Visit the Qatar Forts and UNESCO Zubarah Fort
We loved seeing the old dhows and fishermen at work. We particularly enjoyed watching this from the beautiful Abu Dhalouf Park ( open for families only with restrictions to women on Tuesdays and Wednesday).
After a brief stop at the park we headed towards Zubarah. By driving from al Ruwais to Zubarah you drive along the coast and visit sone of the less well known and less preserved forts such as al thugab and rakiyat to name just two. Important – you will probably want a 4×4 to visit these.
The final fort you come to is zubarah – the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Qatar.
The fort is small but contains a small but interesting exhibition which tells you about the fort’s history and trade links.
The day we went, there was a vintage car rally on displaying 80s Nissan cars. Everyone was very friendly and Wandermust Daddy was in his element. It was really nice to see so many people at the fort and we got some great pics of old versus the new especially with the camels.
I think every expat should really make the effort to go out and see more of the country than currently call home as there is lots more to Qatar than Doha. Keep watching this space for more Qatar day trips!
Further Reading on Qatar:
What to do with Kids in Qatar
Qatar’s Most Beautiful Places
Hidden Gems in Qatar Public Beaches in Qatar