Al Khor

Perched on the eastern coast of the Qatari peninsula, Al-Khor (alternatively, Al Khawr; Arabic: الخور) is a major settlement just north of Doha. The city is far older than Doha, but much smaller (the population is roughly 31,000).

23 things to do

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Dhakira mangroves

This fishing village is now a bedroom community of Al Khor, and its extensive mangrove swamps are particularly good for bird watching. [http://www.entalek.org/ Entalek] (based in Doha, tel: +974 3311 6249, e-mail: entalek.org@gmail.com) runs sea kayak tours of the area, which can be booked online [http://bookeo.com/entalek here] {{dead link|April 2016}}. Another option for kayaking tours is the newly launched PaddleQatar

DO   —  Map

Al Khor Museum

This quaint museum overlooking the seafront provides good views over the harbor from the second floor. It showcases archaeological artifacts from the Al Khor region dating from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age, as well as specimens of local marine life. An additional exhibit illustrates the legend of ''Ghilan and Mae'', one of whom was the region's first female pirate and believed to be from Al Khor.

SEE   —  +974 4472 1866 —  Corniche


Purple Island

This small island, linked to the mainland via an earthen walkway through the mangroves, has seen human activity for the past 6000 years. The name comes from a purple dye from shellfish which were harvested here 3000 years ago. There are a number of archaeological sites on the islands, as well as old shell middens. This is also a good place for birdwatching and crabbing.

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House of Nasser bin Abdullah Al-Missned

This is the birthplace of Sheikha Mozah (the second wife of Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the former Emir of Qatar). Although the house has not been maintained, it is a good example of traditional Qatari architecture. It is closed to the public, but can be viewed from the outside.

SEE   —  Map


Watchtower

This defensive watchtower was built in 1900 and is now fully restored. It is located in a small park with a pleasant view overlooking the Corniche and the beach. There is a second watchtower along the North Road.

SEE   —  Al Corniche

Al Khor Fly-In

An annual light aircraft show which takes place on a 3-day weekend in mid-January. The event is hosted by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, and is popular with aviation enthusiasts as well as families.



Al Sultan Beach Resort

A medium-sized, five-star hotel with private beach, swimming pool, jacuzzi and fitness center. The facilities are accessible to day visitors for a fee. Two unlicensed restaurants are also onsite.

SLEEP   —  +974 4472 2666 —  5555 Al Corniche

Simaisma Mosque

Built in 1938 using traditional materials of coral, rock, and sun-baked mud. Non-Muslim visitors are advised to refrain from entering, but can freely view the building from the outside.

SEE   —  Simaisma


Al Khor Mall

The mall has a standard food court as well as several restaurants, including Chilli's (American), Royal Tandoor (Indian), and Shatter Abbas (Middle Eastern).

EAT   —  +974 4453 3445 —  Map

Dhow harbour

Traditional dhows are still used for fishing here, although their sails have long since been replaced by diesel engines.

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Al Farkiah Beach

A public beach with shaded picnic benches, toilets and shower facilities, barbecue stands, and children playgrounds.


Al Khor Mall

This mall opened in 2012, and has a number of shops and restaurants, as well as a Lulu Hypermarket.

BUY   —  +974 4453 3445 —  Map

Fish market

This is a good place to pick up fresh seafood from the day's catch.

SEE   —  Map

Maha al Khaleej Cafeteria

Offers decent burgers and a soft drink for a very cheap QR 3.

EAT   —  Al Corniche

Al Dente Seafood Restaurant

A beachfront restaurant, serving Italian-style dinner only.

EAT   —  5555 Al Corniche

Camping

A good beach with very shallow sea, popular for camping.

SLEEP   —  Simaisma beach

Al Khor Public Gardens

The gardens are now open after 4 years of renovation.

DO   —  Al Shamal Rd

Lulu Hypermarket

A full-sized hypermarket with a good deli selection.

EAT   —  +974 4453 3533 —  Map

Seashore Food Center

A decent-sized grocery store in a strip mall.

EAT   —  +974 4472 2405/0158 —  Map

Blue Brasserie Restaurant

Buffet dining in the hotel lobby.

EAT   —  5555 Al Corniche

Pearl of Beirut

Popular with Filipino expats.

EAT   —  +974 472 0123 —  Al Corniche

Ansar Gallery

Medium-sized supermarket.

EAT   —  Map


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