Although Doha is now the bustling capital of Qatar, a thriving city once existed an hour away in the now barren landscape of Al Jassasiya. This unique site of tremendous architectural significance stands in stark contrast to Doha, home to the country’s culture and entertainment, which are in close proximity to some of the best hotels Doha has to offer its visitors. The Copthorne Hotel Doha is one of the most ideal hotels in Doha as it offers a central location and 5 star hospitality that aims to please each time. Carved into the limestone are some fascinating petroglyphs that are the only remnant of a culture and people that existed on this site centuries, perhaps even a millennium, ago. Home to around 900 intricate rock carvings featuring what appear to be ancient dhows, daisies, cups and speculation is rampant about what these intriguing etchings might have represented to those who carved them.
The site also revealed the presence of pottery shards, which have dated the site back almost eight centuries, although it is believed to be much, much older. This site remains an important aspect of Qatari culture due to their sheer number, although not much is known about them at all, nor the people who created them. Step into the annals of history when you visit the Al Jassasiya rock carvings and be inspired to speculate on the kinds of beings in history who might have fashioned these intriguing marks.