Al Khor and Al Zubara
I didn’t have the chance to post as I’ve been busy getting my life together, and making new friends. Due to these distractions I have learned more about myself, much like my trip to Al Zubara. Finally, after almost a month of not posting, I am about Al Zubara!!
While I was in Qatar, my family and I made a trip to Al Khor and Al Zubara. In Al Khor there is a lovely corniche and sights of other archeology digs, and in Al Zubara there is a massive old fort that was used for military purposes.
To get to our destination we took my dad’s Mini Cooper as the roads were paved and the car could handle the trip. I had the honours of driving the lovely ‘Sara’ as my father calls his car. I must start by saying I can be a good driver.
The trip to Al Khor is quite a quick trip and not much to do but find crabs and stare at the teal gulf. From the corniche in Al Khor, you can see many different archeology sights for Qatar Museum Authority. Here you can spot a few fishing boats, many spots for children to play along the sea side.
After a 15-minute stop, we moved up north to Al Zubara. There we went to visit Al Zubara Fort. There is not too much to see at the fort, but the history is neat. There you can see the old wells, and learn more about how the country of Qatar had grown and developed over time. While at the fort you can learn about different minerals as well.
The fort was opened in 1938, under the rule of Sheik Abdullah ibn Jassim al Thani as a military fort. It was later made into a museum, by Qatar Museum Authority. As a museum it seems to be unpopular, and it has interesting facts as it is so small. You will not be there longer than 45 minutes. You can learn about so much. However there is not too much that you would not learn in somewhere like the National Museum of Qatar.
After our quick stop at the Al Zubara fort, we decided to drive into Al Shamal. Al Shamal the furthest North you can go in Qatar. Except we ran into a slight problem.
You know when you are driving with friends or family and they say something that distracts you for a minute? I had one of those moments, and hit a pot hole with my dad’s Mini. The way I happened to hit the pot hole caused us to get a flat. The problem, a Mini does not have a spare tire. The upside, they do have run flats! Dad drove us to Al Shamal and we called a truck to come get the Mini Cooper due to the lack of the correct tires at any of the tire places we came across.
The biggest problem, for me, was Ramadan. I love Ramadan, do not get me wrong for that, but when it’s hot and you’re hungry you get cranky.
I guess I need to explain Ramadan, do I not? Ramadan is an Islamic holiday. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which people pray, fast, and reflect. The month of Ramadan is believed to be a month of the heavens being open and hell being forced shut. Some believe that Ramadan means one whole month of not eating. This is not true, the fasting during Ramadan is only from sunrise to sunset. While the sun is up, Muslims will not eat or drink. Having water on you during the month of Ramadan can lead to a fine as it is viewed as a crime in a lot of Muslim countries. To ensure that you do meet all of the Muslim laws during Ramadan, as the fines can be costly, go online and read common rules for Ramadan. Store hours and restaurants are closed during the day.
Though Al Khor and Al Zubara Fort were not my favourite spots as a tourist destination, it did become very memorable due to the events of the flat tire. It was tourist attraction you have to see once to say you saw it.
Thank you for travelling with Tyanna. I do apologize for the late blog post. A lot of things have happened in the last few weeks, including personal events and music festivals. I have been quite busy which has unfortunately distracted me from my true passions of travel blogging and photography. Hopefully between two jobs and a personal life I can continue to post on Travelling Tyanna; as I do not regret doing it what so ever. Through next week, we are discussing the history of Cappadocia, Turkey. I’ll see you then!
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