Smack in the heart of Doha, the vibrant Qatari capital, sits the majestic Al Koot Fort, one of the most iconic structural landmarks to grace this historic city. You’ll be able to soak in the majestic cultural offerings of the city from an elegant selection of hotels in Doha such as the luxury Copthorne Hotel Doha. With elegant interiors and charming hospitality, this Millennium offering is one of the best hotels Doha has to offer its corporate and leisure visitors. Whilst you’re here, visit the Al Koot Fort for an intriguing glimpse into the city’s impressive historical lineage. It was built in 1927 in order to protect the Wadiq souq located nearby from thieves. This gargantuan fort houses a courtyard mosque, which is one of the fort’s most riveting features, and its mehrab faces Mecca. The forts itself consists of four high walls, with Qatari-styled battlements gracing the four towers of the complex. Originally used as a prison of sorts, it bears various architectural features that point to this particular chapter of its history, with prison cells and a tiny, windowless cell used for the most dangerous of inmates. Today, it functions as a museum of Qatari culture, and features a range of exhibits that showcase traditional handicrafts, wooden as well as gypsum ornaments, fishing and boating equipment, old photographs that depict the daily lives of Qataris, and a stunning collection of oil paintings that vividly capture aspects of the local culture.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.