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Al Zubarah: Qatar’s First World Heritage Site

Back in the day, Qatar’s coast was the pearling and trading center of the Gulf. One of the prosperous trading towns around the coast during that time, particularly the late 18th and early 19th centuries, was the town of Al-Zubarah. This town was founded by Kuwait merchants and was then later abandoned in the early 1900s. Since 2009, excavations have been underway to uncover the secrets buried under the sand. And in 2013,  Al-Zubarah was revealed once again and labelled as Qatar’s first world heritage site by UNESCO.

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Considered as a jewel added to the crown of Qatar, only a small part of this underground town was dug up and what was discovered certainly provides an amazingly preserved account of the daily lives of the traders!

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Since UNESCO added Al-Zubarah to the list, this makes it the northern tip of the tiny Arab emirate’s very first.

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The well-protected ruins of the 18th-century pearl fishing town have become an attraction for many local visitors. Being a part of their heritage, this historic town takes the visitors on a detailed trip down memory lane.

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Al-Zubarah provides Qatar with the historical data that emphasizes that they were a booming town well before the discovery of oil and the building of skyscrapers.

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If this is just a tiny corner of the town, imagine what else is left laying underneath!

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This site is always open and there is no admission fee. Tap the location into your GPS and get moving down the site. You can also pack your bags for a swim in the sea! You can even visit Al-Zubarah fort, which is now a local museum offering an overview of the long history of the Al-Zubarah town.

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Israa Elkhatib

I was born in Palestine but raised with the fireflies in Georgia. My teenage years were spent being the Muslim nerd who was known as the bookworm of the school. That followed me back to Palestine, to develop into being the girl with the big vocabulary. I spent most of my high-school days cursing Newton for not eating that apple. My English Literature Bachelor's degree was only obtained because I'm a nerd for literature and my minor in Translation pretty much pays the bills, thank you Birzeit University.Creative writing is my passion and reading is my escape from reality into a world where everything is the way you imagine it to be.

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