Regarded as one of the oldest fortresses in all of Qatar, Al Wajbah is no ordinary historic attraction in the city. Evoking a sense of great national pride with the mention of this iconic landmark, this site is famously associated with a decisive battle with the Ottoman Empire. History states that the legendary battle took place in 1893 when Qatari forces successfully defended their land from the Ottoman army which descended upon the desert country numbering in the hundreds. The Ottoman forces were defeated by the famed regiment of troops leady by Sheikh Qassim bin Mohammed Al Thani who is nothing short of a national hero in Qatar. The epic battle and its setting is therefore etched in the hearts and minds of Qataris and the popularity of Al Wajbah over the centuries is attributed to this fact. Located near the equally intriguing Emir’s Palace, Al Wajbah comes into sight as one turns left from the Wajbah Roundabout which is named after the famed edifice.
Renowned for its cloud gracing towers and dense walls, Al Wajbah is a point of interest that draws hoards of locals and tourists each year. Its chief attractions include the fort’s massive towers that are accessible to the public. Open to visitors free of charge, the site gives travellers a chance to explore the entirety of the towers at leisure. Stunning and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape are also visible from the fort’s elaborate watchtowers. Chambers are also found in the ground floor of the fort as well as in upper floors. Slits are also visible at various points of the site that were used to fire arrows and bullets during its heyday. An oasis formed by rain water which is gathered within the fortress is also found inside the complex. Restored to its original splendour through intensive restoration efforts Al Wajbah remains a tangible reminder of Qatar’s past triumphs and military might.
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