Al Khor

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This article is about the city in northern Qatar. For the municipality in which the city is located, see Al Khor Municipality. For other uses, see Khor (disambiguation).
Main road through centre, with shops
Main road through centre, with shops
Al Khor in Qatar.svg
Coordinates: 25°41′24″N 51°30′36″E / 25.69000°N 51.51000°E / 25.69000; 51.51000
Country  Qatar
Municipality Al Khawr Municipality
Population (2008 est.)[1]
 • Total 31,547
Time zone AST (UTC+3)
Residential neighbourhood
Dhows in the harbour

Al Khor is a coastal city in northern Qatar, located 50 kilometres north of the capital, Doha. The name of the city means creek in Persian as the town is located on a creek. Al Khor is home to many employees of the oil industry due to its proximity to Qatar's northern oil and natural gas fields, and due to its proximity to the Ras Laffan Industrial City.


Al Khor was ruled by the Al Mohanadi tribe before the independence of Qatar in 1971 and continues to be today. It is believed that the Al Mohanadi tribe who live in Al Khor was formed in the 18th century. The tribe consists of 7 Bedouin families. Nowadays, the majority of Al-Khor's citizens are from that tribe.


Al Khor is known with Al-Sultan beach hotel & resort, a palace that turned into a hotel, and for its large concentration of modern and historical mosques. The main industry of the city is fishing. There are several excellent beaches surrounding Al Khor, and the beaches south of it are home to many beach houses owned by both residents of the city and residents of Doha.


Due to the continuous expansion at Ras Laffan Industrial City the number of facilities and services available in the town is rapidly increasing. Currently they include:

  • Al Khor General Hospital
  • Medical Center
  • Police and Fire stations
  • Vehicle testing center
  • Traffic department
  • An air field
  • A driving school
  • Al Khor Housing Community (AKC)
  • Fishing harbour
  • Football stadium in Al Khor sports club
  • An assortment of small and medium sized shops (these include opticians, pharmacies, tailors,supermarkets, a coop etc.)
  • A growing number of restaurants and fast food stores
  • A small industrial area
  • Al Khor mall which opened on 7 July 2012.


Coordinates: 25°41′N 51°31′E / 25.69°N 51.51°E / 25.69; 51.51