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Zekreet Fort and Mosque

Zekreet Fort and Mosque

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Zekreet Fort is the only fort located in the western region of the State of Qatar near Zekreet beach and Dukhan. The Fort is believed to have been built between 1809 and 1812, by tribal leader, Rahma bin Jaber Al Jalahmah for defense purpose, and it was built entirely of faroush stones (beach rocks). The Fort followed a rectangular plan with three circular towers and one rectangular tower. Small structures, among which three madabis (date press rooms) were discovered by archaeologists between the Fort area and the sea. Also located within the Zekreet Village, is a masjid (mosque) and Imam house that date from the early 20th century.

Zekreet Mosque is one of the most important mosques in Qatar. It is the largest of the few remaining mosques that follow the architecture of the 1940s. This mosque is built according to the traditional Qatari model of heritage mosques.  What distinguishes this style from other Middle Eastern mosques is it features construction methods from the Gulf region. The roof was built from traditional building material such as basjil (split bamboo canes), which are laid over wood beams from danshal (mangrove beams), followed by a mangharour (mat of woven cane branches) on top. These three elements would form an intertwined and interwoven pattern that is unique to Qatar. Conservation of the masjid (mosque) was undertaken in 2015.

Worth visiting near Zekreet is the public art installation “East-West, West-East” by Richard Serra.

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Opening Hours
Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday
from 9 AM to 5 PM
Friday from 12:30 PM to 5 PM
Free, no booking required
Location
Zekreet Fort

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National Museum of Qatar, Museum Park St, Doha

The Old Palace

Service building (facilities, water access, and prayer rooms) by the fort, boardwalk through the archaeological site, with a Visitor Center opening in 2023

Al Zubarah Archaeological Site

Barzan Towers

Barzan Towers

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