The ZubarahFort is a historic Qatari military fortress built by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938 to serve as a Coast Guard station, although some say it was built to serve as a police station.
It was later renovated into a museum to display different archeological findings.
The Zubarah Fort is situated
in the town of Zubarah, on the northwestern
coast, in the Madinat ash Shamalmunicipality, and is about 105 km
from Doha. It once served as a pearl fishing and trading port. The Zubarah fort covers an area of approximately 400 hectares and about 60 hectares inside the outer town wall, thus being the largest archaeological site in the whole Qatari Peninsula.
It is one of the largest and best preserved examples of an 18th-19th century merchant town in the Gulf. Al Zubarah provides an important insight into urban life, spatial organization, and the social and economic history of the Gulf before the discovery of oil
and gas in the 20th century.
Today, the Zubarah Fort serves as a museum and a famous landmark. The fort is open regularly from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. except for early Friday mornings and Saturdays.