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A network of cranes, dust, road detours, and the soundtrack of construction machinery seem to be the elements that define Qatar. But Doha, still is a pearl diving village that refuses to die. On the outskirts of the posh city there are forts, wind-towers, old mosques, houses with architectural styles of yesteryears, and a market that represents the best of both worlds: a replica of an old traditional village but fit to suit the demands of today's shoppers.
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Al Zubara Fort, Qatar
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,...
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Barzan Towers, Umm Salal Muhammed, Qatar
The Barzan Towers are found in the town of Umm Salal Mohammed, 14 miles north of Doha. Some tourists may discount these towers built in 1910 and 1916 as too new to be worth visiting, but that would be a mistake, as they have architectural styles...
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The azirat Bin Ghanam, also known as Al-Khor Island or Purple Island, is located off the east coast in Shaqiq Bay. Some people think that the island was named after the purple flower that grows in the area swamps, but the truth is, the island was...
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Doha, Qatar
The burj al hawwa, or Wind Tower House, located in the courtyard of Najada Shopping plaza on Grand Hamad Avenue and Ali bin Abdullah street, is one of the few remaining traditional wind towers in the gulf and the only one in Qatar. The peculiarity...
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Al Wakrah, Qatar
Abu Manaratain Mosque, located in the southern town of Al-Wakra, one of the oldest cities in the state, was built in 1940. The mosque is worth visiting because of its unique features: Although 'Manaratain' means 'two minarets' the mosque only has...
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Al Souq, Doha, Qatar
Souq Waqif is one of the top tourist destinations in Doha and one of the most traditional markets in the region. A hundred years ago, this was the place where the Bedouins traded livestock, spices and general goods, but now, the old souq has been...
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Al Wakrah, Qatar
The House of Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, located in an old district of traditional buildings in Al-Wakra, was built at the beginning of the 20th century and purchased by Sheikh Ghamin bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in 1960. The house was...