Zubarah is a ruined city and archaeological site in north-western Qatar.
It is possible to get to the fort solely by public transport. The Route 100 bus (timetable [dead link]) towards Al Shamal runs return from Al Ghanim Bus Station three times a day. The journey takes about two hours each way.
If you are planning on a day trip from Doha, the only option is to take the first departure from Doha at 10:15am and catch the last 4:43pm return bus at Zubarah back to the city. It will give you about 4 and a half hours at the fort, which is more than enough time to observe the surroundings.
An alternative for those wish to spend more than a day around the Qatari countryside is to catch the 6:12pm Route 100 bus at Zubarah onward to one of the nearby towns, such as the northernmost seaside village of Al Ruwais, where you can catch a later Route 101 evening bus back to Doha.
Ticketing information is included in the Qatar article.
|Doha, Al Ghanim Bus Station||10:15||16:15||22:15|
|Al Zubara, Fort||12:12||18:12||00:07|
|Al Zubara, Fort||06:43||10:43||16:43|
|Doha, Al Ghanim Bus Station||08:40||12:40||18:40|
See and Do
The only real sight is Al-Zubara Fort (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013) - situated just 100 km west of Doha lies the town of Al Zubarah, an important archaeological site famous for its old fort. This fort-turned-museum was constructed in 1938 during the reign of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al-Thani and was erected on the ruins of a neighbouring fort. The fort itself is square-shaped with circular towers in three of its corners and a rectangular tower in the fourth. With high, thick walls, this fort also served as a coast-guard station and, until the mid-1980’s, was used by the military.