Qatar’s Very Own UNESCO World Heritage Site; Marhaba

Qatar – Al Zubarah Archaeological Site

Most residents of Qatar who have taken the easy one‑hour drive to Al Zubarah usually stop near the picturesque fort for a brief visit, have their pictures taken in front of the cannon at its gate and then move on.

Only a handful of visitors is aware that Al Zubarah has much more to offer and have heard about the site’s important history and the excavations that have taken place there over the last decades. And even less have ever had the chance to delve into history by visiting the extensive, 60‑hectare‑wide remains of the town that stretches along the beach below the plateau on which the well‑known fort is built.

What elevates Al Zubarah onto the level of World Heritage is what UNESCO defines as ‘outstanding universal value’.

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