A historic monument standing on the outskirts of old Doha town, the Al Koot Fort is a representation of old Arabic architecture. The structure is white and impressive featuring three striking towers and is an edifice synonymous with Qatar’s history. Situated at the corner of Al Qalaa Street and Jasim Bin Mohammed Street, this Moorish construction lies adjacent to the Souk Waqif car park and is easily accessible.
Built in 1880 the white fort is recognized mostly for its interesting design. Belonging to the Ottoman period and similar to the North African architectural traditions, it was built primarily to protect the public market place. The most noteworthy feature of the construction is the roofless and wall less courtyard mosque. The early twentieth century saw the fort used as a base for armed guards and also housed a prison. The patrolling guards or the nattoors began their patrolling of the bustling souk from here.
The year 1978 brought with it restorations and an altogether new agenda for the structure. During this period it served as an ethnographic museum boasting indigenous arts and crafts and depicting many artistic traditions of the locals. This included embroidering, weaving, boat building, tailoring, gypsum carving, rope making, basket making, blacksmithing and goldsmith work; all from the glorious past of Doha. The renovations to the original fort, however, resulted in many alterations to its original form and structure.
But today, the Al Koot Fort is being reconstructed to represent its former glory. Its true form is shaped and restored for the public to glimpse at ancient Qatar. Many visit the large edifice and marvel at its solidity and calming strength. The tourists also find the fort to provide rare opportunities for photo captures. Tours of the fort could also be arranged by prior appointment and will give you further insight into its history.
Explore the magnificence of the Al Khoot during a visit to Doha. Travel back in time and enter the white fort while staying at any Doha hotel. One of the most sought after accommodation options among travellers to the city is Millennium Hotel Doha. Providing luxurious services, this millennium hotel also provides great Doha hotel deals that will make your stay a truly exceptional one. Complete with superior comfort and world class amenities they will let you experience Doha at its best.