Al Thaqab Fort

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Madinat Ash Shamal 4452 5555

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If you travel a little further north of Zubarah you’ll stumble across yet another of Qatar’s traditional forts. Al Thaqab Fort and the surrounding settlement is believed to date back to the 19th century when the country’s northernmost settlements thrived courtesy of international trade. The word Thaqab translates into ‘the water that collects in the bottom of the valley after the rain’. Rain was and still is considered sparse and torrential fresh water too was invaluable, it would be stored for later use, any of the water which collected in pools and valleys would be gathered in case the next downpour didn’t occur for months. The fort is made from limestone blocks and was constructed with a range of rooms for processing and storing dates that grew nearby. Many of the rooms contained huge reserves of food in the event that the fort was attacked. If you plan on visiting, make sure to fill the car up and take plenty of water, you don’t want to take any chances when travelling so far out into the desert, especially during the summer months.

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4452 5555
Madinat Ash Shamal Branch

Madinat Al Shamal, Qatar

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