Al Thaqab Fort

Al Shamal, Qatar

Al Thaqab Fort, also known as Qal’at al Thaqab, dates to the 19th century but archaeological evidence suggests that the Thaqab village itself may have been inhabited since the 10th century.

The fort was believed to have been built at a time when the country’s northern settlements thrived as a result of international trade. The word ‘Thaqab’ means ‘the water in the bottom of the valley after the rain’, and not surprising then is the historic 35 feet deep well located to the west of the fort. The fort was restored in 2003 by Ministry of Municipality and Agriculture.

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Client: Ministry of Municipality and Agriculture

Scope: Supervision of Restoration

Status: Completed (2003)

Period:10th Century