Al Koot Fort

Coordinates: 25°17′12″N 51°31′51″E / 25.2866°N 51.5309°E / 25.2866; 51.5309
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Al Koot Fort
Doha Fort
قلعة الكوت
Near Souq Waqif, Doha,  Qatar
The Fort in 2013
Al Koot Fort is located in Qatar
Al Koot Fort
Coordinates25°17′12″N 51°31′51″E / 25.2866°N 51.5309°E / 25.2866; 51.5309
TypeHistorical Fort
Site information
Owner Qatari Government; Ministry of Tourism, Qatar Museums Authority
Controlled by1938–present:  Qatar
Site history
Built bySheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani
In use1927–1977: Police Station/Jail/Military Fort
1978–present: Museum

Al Koot Fort most commonly known as the Doha Fort, is a historical military fortress located in the heart of Doha, Qatar's capital city. It was built in 1927 by Sheikh Abdulla bin Qassim Al Thani, better known as Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, who ruled Qatar from 1913 until 1949, after Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani, Sheikh Abdullah's brother, abdicated in favor of him.[1] The fort was later converted into a museum.[2][3]

Qatari traditional handicrafts, products and photos of daily life with illustrations are housed in the fort. Exhibits and artworks include handicrafts, gypsum and wooden ornaments, fishing equipment and boats, historical photos and paintings including oil paintings of craft workers and daily life.[2][3]


The Al Koot Fort was rebuilt in 1927 by Sheikh Abdulla bin Qassim Al Thani, after it was abandoned by the Ottomans. It was originally built to serve as a police station in 1880 and afterwards used as a jail in 1906, although some sources prove that the Al Koot Fort was built by Sheikh Abdulla to protect the Souq Waqif from notorious was also renovated in 1978.It was one of the most important forts during that time.[3]


The Al Koot Fort is located in the Al Bidda neighborhood, in the midst of the famous Souq Waqif, near Doha Corniche, and is now a preferred landmark, museum and tourist spot, most especially for foreigners.[3]

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  1. ^ "Historical Landmarks". Retrieved 31 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Doha Fort (Koot)". Qatar Museums Authority. Archived from the original on 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "Forts :: Qatar Tourism Authority". Archived from the original on 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2012-11-13.

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