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Welcome to Doha Fort (Al Koot)

Doha Fort (Al Koot)

This Moorish-style relic of military power now exhibits historical photographs and artwork depicting daily life, as well as exhibitions detailing many Bedouin Sadu handicrafts and practices, including wooden ornaments, fishing equipment, boat-building, rope-making and gypsum-burning techniques. While the examples may be unrefined, they are a true indication of the local people's ability to adapt certain objects and situations to suit their needs. The fort itself was built in 1880 during the Ottoman occupation. The fort was originally a military barracks and a police station before being used as a jail from 1906. One of Qatar's most celebrated tourist attractions, budget at least two hours to take it all in.

Information & Facts

Jassim bin Mohammed St, Al Bidda
Arabic is the official language, but English is widely used.

The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR), which divides into 100 dirhams. The Riyal exchange rate is pegged to the US Dollar at QR 3.65. Money and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, the airport and exchange dealers. To avoid additional charges it is best to take travellers cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. The main bank branches are on Grand Hamad Street in Doha. Banks are open Saturday to Thursday 8am to 1pm and some are open into the evening. ATMs are available on the main streets of the cities and towns, at banks and in shopping malls and most shops, hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards.

Opening Times
Open daily from 9am to 12pm, and 4pm to 7pm (closed on Friday and Saturday afternoons)
Local time is GMT +3.
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