Al Zubarah Archaeological Site is a partly excavated coastal town that flourished due to pearling and trade from 1760 to 1811.
It was newly built by Kuwaiti merchants just for that purpose.
The town of about 5,000 inhabitants was mostly destroyed and abandoned after an attack by the Sultan of Oman 1811. It subsequently got covered by desert sands.
The area contains remains of the town walls, port, cemeteries and fort.
Philipp Peterer - January 2016
Qatar is not one of these countries that are full of highlights and in other countries Al Zubarah certainly would not count as a highlight. But in Qatar it’s the only WHS and I found the first sign on the highway 75! km from the site. It’s about an hour driving from Doha. The fort is tiny. I rather qualifies as a bigger house. It’s currently being renovated, but work is almost finished. The interior serves as visitor center with information regarding the site.
They also constructed a temporary exhibition close to the fort. I guess the plan to build a small museum there. The archeological site was closed for no reason. The only way to access it would be by car, as the territory is really big. But the pictures of the site showed me that I did not miss out on much. Despite the fort all was destroyed to the ground by the Sultan of Oman. Entrance is free.
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Full name: Al Zubarah Archaeological Site
2013 - InscribedReasons for inscription
2012 - Advisory Body overruledICOMOS asked for deferral, referral given
2012 - Referred
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- Destroyed during invasion The attack on Zubarah in 1811 was followed by a short period of abandonment.
Religion and Belief
- Mosque Old Mosque
- Built in the 18th century Al Zubarah appears to have been founded in the 18th century (AB ev)