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Al Shamal and Zubara – A Day Trip

A great day, temperatures down, a breeze blowing, a sky with clouds (Qatar sky is almost always flat blue), a perfect day for a trip to the north, Al Shamel and Fort Zubara:

I had no idea the highway was torn up all the way from Landmark Mall to Al Shamel.


The old camel crossing sign we used to stop and take photos of our guests at was down.

And a great day altogether, anyway.

November 28, 2009 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Community, Doha, ExPat Life, Photos, Qatar


  1. Noooooooooooooo! No more camel crossing signs? No more camel crossings?

    Oh, Qatar! You are changing so fast!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | November 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. LLOOLLL, Little Diamond, I know they will put those signs up again, when the road work is completed. But all those camels who used to be hobbled, but free, are now behind a very long, very strong big fence, and I think there is electricity running through the fence. Probably one too many problems hitting camels at night along the unlit roads . . .

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. Intlxpatr ;

    There is alot of history regarding the forts in the Gulf area Bahrain and Oman , Mainly to do with the portuguese invasion of India and the Gulf . Unfortunately it is very much ignored and not taught in schools .

    Comment by daggero | November 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. Portuguese? LOL, no I never hear anything about the Portuguese in these parts. I somehow thought Zubara was in one of the oldest areas of Qatar, settlements, like Kout in Kuwait – fortified settlements, yes, to protect from invasion from the sea . . . but I never considered from/by whom. Portuguese? I might have thought pirates. There is so much I don’t know . . . (sigh)

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 1, 2009 | Reply

  5. Nice pictures! The weather is great now isn’t it? 😀

    Comment by Mathai | December 1, 2009 | Reply

  6. I love the second photo… The clouds frame the fort beautifully.

    Comment by Bu Yousef | December 1, 2009 | Reply

  7. The weather in Qatar is the BEST right now. I am in heaven. 😀

    Thank you, Bu Yousef! I love taking photos with clouds in them. 😀

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 1, 2009 | Reply

  8. Love the photo of the Fort…agree that the unusual cloud formation really makes it unique. I’m BACK!

    Comment by grammy | December 2, 2009 | Reply

  9. Welcome back, Grammy! 😀

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 3, 2009 | Reply

  10. daggero you never heard about Portuguese in these parts ?!?!?!?!??!

    Definitely you are mesinformed about the history in these parts!!!!

    Try to learn yourself about it’s history and you will find out that Portuguese were all over these parts!!

    Comment by William | September 20, 2010 | Reply

  11. No, no, William, it was not Daggero who was confused – he is SMART. It was me who was confused and ignorant. I count on informed readers to inform me. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 20, 2010 | Reply

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