I deeply apologize for the late blog post. I have been struggling with some personal issues and decided to get some help and take care of myself. Though it has been rough, I am finally making my post for last week, Zekreet.
My previous entry was about dune bashing in Mesaieed, down in the south of Qatar. This week we are headed up north to Zekreet. It is a city of wonder and is much more than just a desert and there are very important archeology sights to view.
In Zekreet you must see a few necessary places that you will have to see. My family and I went on a tour with Qatar International Adventures. We had a fabulous guide, J.Lo, and he made the trip so much better. He took us to see an abandoned village, old forts, East West West East by Richard Serra, the Mysterious Village, and Film City.
I do highly recommend a guided tour because I learned so much about camels and horses and Qatar that it was much better than any book could have taught me. We talked about the shapes of the mushroom hills, and J.Lo’s stories related to his life back home.
The Forgotten or Abandoned Village has been run down beyond belief. It is the home of the first gas pump in Qatar. It is remarkable seeing the way a city along the Persian Gulf should have thrived… and now it’s only forgotten. It is sad to see the lack of care in this old village, and witnessing how we lose history over time. This town would have strived because of its gas pump, and now it only has goats and a few caretakers for the farm.
Zekreet Fort is a small barely noticeable fort. Beside it is a small storage space that would have been for dates year around. The fort has four watch towers to see any attacks approaching. It is believed that this could have been a location for trade as well. They have found pieces of pottery found there by archeologists. Though you will not see much, feeling the history and learning more about the fort from J.Lo was magical. I did not know many things, but just understanding that so much had happened where I was standing was so fascinating.
The artwork by Richard Serra is called East West West East. It is odd because it is in the middle of nowhere. It seems strange as they are these giant chunks of steel; however, seeing this piece of art is incredible. Though it looks very difficult, climb a hill and view the figures from higher up. It gives you a different point of view of the world and the creativity used by Serra. East West West East is most popular at sundown because the steel turns orange reflecting the sunset instead of the red colour it is during the day. From afar, and on a certain angle you can watch the four towers look like one building, it slowly becomes 4 buildings. That was so captivating that I was forever in awe.
Before I talk about our next destination in Zekreet, I want to discuss the graffiti on the sides of the steel statues. Seeing this graffiti and branding on this artwork was heartbreaking. I find it devastating, someone has worked hard to bring something creative and beautiful, and it gets ruined by people decided to put their name on it. It’s heartbreaking. I beg of you, do not destroy this artwork!
On your way to the Mysterious Village, you will need to take a break and admire the mushroom hills. You cannot look at these hills as merely just a rock, use your imagination, you’ll see that it is so much more. Not everything looks like a mushroom, some look like panthers or snails. Soon enough you will come to the Mysterious Village.
Knowing that nothing is known about this city. You almost want to understand and find the truth yourself. Though not even Qatar Museum Authority cannot determine the actuality of this village.
And finally, Film City. If you are a Transformers fan, you are bound to recognize this city. Film City was featured in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This city has been used in a few Arabic movies and television shows. Just from knowing this you feel a sense of excitement, like wondering in on a set and knowing everyone who has been there. The city may have been built for films, but you will understand why, when you first enter. The place is just picture perfect with a beautiful oasis next to it. The waterhole is great for kids because they have a chance to witness wild ostriches and onyxes.
The entire tour was just fantastic, and J.Lo made it so much better. If you do not bring a guide you are likely to get lost, and you will need a 4 × 4 vehicle that can handle the desert like you would for dune bashing. Taking the tour taught me so much more about Qatar than a lot of tourism books had educated me while in the Qatar National Library. Overall, this is a must see in Qatar as it is only 82 kilometres away from the capital, Doha.
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