Film City
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An American West Ghost Town
Film City, located on the Ras-Abrouq peninsula, used to be a fishing village, but was abandoned in the 1970s. The place was partially rebuilt in 2009 to function either as the set of a Hollywood production or for a local film, it all depends on who you ask. This secluded site is a replica of an antique Arabic village against the backdrop of the only canyon in the country on the Zekreet peninsula. This mini town has traditional mud-brick houses with wooden doors, a mosque, minarets, plenty of gates and doors, and a great look-out spot to take a break. There is absolutely nothing around the set, just the never-ending arid desert, the sporadic dust devil, and a few twisted shrubs, all evocative of the ghost towns in the American west. Visitors are welcome to walk around the set, climb the minarets, cross the bridges communicating the towers, have tea with the guard, who doesn’t speak any English but always has hot tea at the ready, or just admire the vastness of the landscape from the set’s highest lookout spot. To get there, you’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle. From Doha drive west on Dukhan Highway for about 60 miles, turn right once Zekreet route sign is reached. UTM 25 34’41.61”N 50 50’46.65”E
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