Al Khor

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This article is about the municipality in northern Qatar. For the capital of the municipality, see Al Khor (city). For other uses, see Khor (disambiguation).
Al Khor
Map of Qatar with Al Khor highlighted
Map of Qatar with Al Khor highlighted
Coordinates (Al Khor City): 25°41′N 51°31′E / 25.69°N 51.51°E / 25.69; 51.51Coordinates: 25°41′N 51°31′E / 25.69°N 51.51°E / 25.69; 51.51
Country  Qatar
Capital Al Khor City
 • Total 1,638.2 km2 (632.5 sq mi)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 213,628
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zone East Africa Time (UTC+03)
ISO 3166 code QA-KH

Al Khor (Arabic: الخور‎), also spelled Al Khawr, is a municipality in the state Qatar. In Arabic, Al Khawr means bay. Al-Khawr city is located in the northeast coast of Qatar, around 50 kilometres from the capital, Doha and it is considered to be one of the major cities in Qatar.[2]

Al Khawr was ruled by the Al Muhannadi tribe before the independence of Qatar in 1971 and still is. It is believed that the Al Muhannadi tribe who live in Al Khawr was formed in the late 19th century and it consists of seven Bedouin families. Nowadays, the majority of Al-Khawr citizens are from that tribe. As for the tourism aspect, the town 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. The municipality is represented by the sports club Al-Khor SC, which play in Al-Khor SC Stadium in the municipality's capital city.

Al Khor City[edit]

Main article: Al Khor (city)

The city of Al Khor is located 50 kilometers away from the heart of Doha and is a good getaway for weekend travelers. Its location is on the east coast, north of Doha and it is famous for its importance in the pearling industry in the past, as well as its harbor which is filled with fishing boats and small crafts. The town has wonderful beaches with some historical towers.[3][4]


Al Khor was given its name for its meaning 'the arm of sea stretching in the land forming a bay'. Al-Khor's bay is one of the biggest in Qatar. Bays are on the eastern coast of the Qatari peninsula. Over the years, bays were characterized by their simple and beautiful natural environment, the environment of the sea and the beach, of the city and the desert.

Gas and oil companies are in Ras Lafan industrial region near Al Khor City and Al Thakhira. The municipality, with its different departments and many other institutions, has taken the responsibility to make the city of Al Khor clean and environment-friendly so as to safeguard environmental life in it.

Location of Al-Khor[edit]

Al Khor Archaeological Tower, a far view
Al Khor Archaeological Tower, a close view
Mangrove island at Al Thakhira, Qatar
Vegetation in Al Khor Island
Al Thakhira Beach, Qatar

Al-Khor is in northern Qatar, 57 km away from Doha. Until the early 1940s, it was a lively harbor and a center for pearl industry. It was very famous for its fishing harbor and natural pearl trade. Despite the fact that other industries are starting to replace the first two, the city abounds in monuments including beautiful mosques, its museum with antiques and valuable pieces, and historical towers.


Al Khor Municipality was established in 1972 and supervises the city of Al Khor in addition to other settlements in the municipality.[5] The following administrative zones are found in Al Khor Municipality:[1]

Zone Area (km²) Population (2010)
Al Jeryan
Al Khor City
459.0 80,220
Al Thakhira
Ras Laffan
Umm Birka
550.5 128,574
Al Ghuwariyah 628.6 4,834
Municipality 1638.2 213,628


At present, it is considered one of the biggest Qatari cities, having all modern services such as schools, clubs, and the General Shamal Hospital comprising most medical departments for it serves al-Khor city and its suburbs. Al-Khor is also proud of hosting the biggest oil and gas extracting factories in the world, since it has the Qatar Company for Natural Liquefied Gas, Ras Lafan Company for Natural Liquefied Gas, and many other petrochemical companies, refineries, water desalination stations, etc. in Ras Lafan industrial region. Ensuring environment's safety was one of the missions of these companies, for an environment section was created in each company, regrouped by committees established to play an effective role in raising awareness of the environment.


The following table is a breakdown of registered live births by nationality and sex for Al Khor. Places of birth are based on the home municipality of the mother at birth.[6][7]

Registered live births by nationality and sex
Year Qatari Non-Qatari Total
M F Total M F Total M F Total
2001 76 75 151 67 50 117 143 125 268
2002 93 82 175 57 56 113 150 138 288
2003 97 90 187 59 53 112 156 143 299
2004 93 75 168 59 67 126 152 142 294
2005 87 79 166 72 54 126 159 133 292
2006 89 89 178 75 68 143 164 157 321
2007 78 114 192 85 68 153 163 182 345
2008 103 93 196 117 94 211 220 187 407
2009 114 131 245 132 114 246 246 245 491

Headquarters of the municipality[edit]

The headquarters of the Municipality is at the entry of al-Khor city, it is one of the oldest buildings. At present, it is being renovated to give its facades the traditional aspects of Qatari buildings, an aspect adopted by the Municipality in its building, since it built a building attached to the principal one with the same traditional features.


  1. ^ a b "2013 population census" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
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  4. ^ Al Khor Guide :: Qatar Visitor
  5. ^ "Al Khor Municipality". Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning. Retrieved 28 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Population statistics". Qatar Information Exchange. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Qatar Statistics Authority website". Qatar Statistics Authority. Retrieved 28 June 2015.