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Location

Area
Al Bidaa
City
Doha

Fortresses and old castles are the main evidence of the traditional architecture in Qatar. They embody the arts and the richness of the ancient architecture that was the main feature of life in this part of the world.

Some cities in Qatar still preserve that architecture and this is seen in the narrow streets and avenues. The main concern of that era was security and this is why we can see several forts scattered in the country.

Doha Fort (Koot)

Al Koot Fort Museum is one of the old military fortresses in Doha. Al Koot means fort and also jail. Located in the Al Bidda area of Doha, and the site of the old town, in the midst of the souq area, it was built in 1880 as a police station and afterwards it was used as a jail in 1906.

Today it is used as a museum. The whole building was submitted to a renewing procedure in 1978. Qatari traditional handcrafts, products and photos of daily life with illustrations are housed there.

Exhibits include Bedouin Sadu, handcrafts, gypsum and wooden ornaments, fishing equipment and boats, historical photos, artwork including oil paintings of craft workers and daily life

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