Al-Zubarah Fort
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Qatar's First UNESCO World Heritage Site
Al-Zubarah Archaeological Site: This fortified settlement founded in the 18th century, the largest and most substantial heritage site in the country, became Qatar’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013. The site lies 70 miles north of Doha, approximately an hour and a half’s drive, and comprises the walled settlement, an active archaeological dig site, and a visitor’s center displaying coins from West Africa, pieces of pottery, Chinese porcelain, Thai celadon, semi-precious stones, and the recently-found ancient graffiti depicting large merchant ships used for trade in the Gulf and Indian Ocean. The fort is open regularly from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. except Fridays and Saturdays. There is no admission fee. To get there, take the Shamal Highway, drive north to Al-Khor, make a U-turn at the Zubarah sign, and 150 yards past the Al-Zubarah fort, enter the archaeological area through the first gate and follow the path until you find the excavated areas. UTM coordinates N 25° 58' 27.4" E 51° 01' 39"
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