Private North Of Qatar Tour | Zubara Fort | Purple Island | Mangros Colony

» Qatar » Qatar » Qatar

From $115.00

96 reviews   (4.71)

Price varies by group size

Lowest Price Guarantee

Pricing Info: Per Person


Departs: Qatar, Qatar

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

Learn more


There is so much to see of Qatar beyond the city. You'll head out of Doha to see Qatar's history in its Northern areas, starting with a visit to the Al- Khor Harbor, a former rich center for the local pearl and fishing industries. It continues to be a busy port full of fishermen hard at work. Next stop is at Al Thakira is your next stop, and this beautiful expanse of natural greenery, full of mangroves and glorious waterways. It's a lovely paradise in the middle of the desert.You then head to the Zubarah Fort, which is a historic military fort that hold numerous artifacts as well as a site of significance in Qatari culture.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bottled water

Coffee and/or Tea

Private transportation

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 5 - 99

Additional Info

  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Al Zubara Fort
For our ancestors, Al Zubarah was a thriving pearl fishing and trading port. Now it’s Qatar’s largest heritage site, with its impressive city wall, ancient residential palaces and houses, markets, industrial areas and mosques.

It’s one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th and 19th century Gulf merchant town and in 2013 was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Pick-up from your selected hotel/ location/Airport

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Al Khor
Also spelled Al Khawr means "sea on threesides" in Arabic. Older than Doha but far smaller in size. Al Khor is located an easy 50 kilometres to the north of Doha. It used to be the center of the pearling industry in Qatar but lost its importance after the introduction of cultured pearls. It now boasts a scenic harbour where you can find traditional fishing dhows, a corniche leading to mangrove colonies and a museum showcasing the fishing, pearling and dhow building industries.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Al Thakhira Beach
The mangroves colony is not only a major tourism product for Qatar but an important natural environmental resource for Qatar. It provides a natural habitat and a sanctuary for birds, fish and other animals as well as prevent coastal erosion.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Purple Island - Al Khor Island
The Purple Island, also known as Al Khor Island, is a beautiful place in Al Khor, about an hour's drive from Doha. It is a small island, connected to the mainland by a narrow path that is broken at different points to allow water to flow towards the mangrove forest.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Al Jumail
Al Jumail, an abandoned pearling and fishing village north-east Qatar, which was founded in the 19th century and was inhabited well into the 20th century, prior to the economic boom that the petroleum and gas industry brought along. The town's name comes from the Arabic word "jameel", which means "beautiful"; a reference to the trees that grow in the area year-round. According to Wikipedia, In the 1820s, George Barnes Brucks was tasked with preparing the first British survey of the Persian Gulf and He documented Al Jumail in this survey, referring to it as "Yamale".

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Tour of North of Qatar
insertname32, 11-09-2022
No complaints, guide was friendly and it was interesting to see a bit more of Qatar. I didn't know hat to expect at all but I think he did a good job.
Great day in North Qatar
jo_ofelipeg517, 10-09-2022
This was an amazing tour! You get to see beautiful landscapes and much of Qatar.
But the best thing was travelling with Adnan. He is the best guide I've ever had. I learnt a lot from him, and he was kind, friendly, patient, and flexible with all my requests. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Only great memories of this day!
Amazing tour to discover more about Qatar
Fifille_radesc, 16-09-2022
I wanted to see more than Doha in Qatar and I wasn't disappointed. With Adnan, an experienced guide and a careful driver, we drove from Doha to the north.
With many stops on the way.
He gave me good explanations of every important buildings, sites and the culture of Qatar. We visited a fishing market, we stopped to see the mangroves, the Zubara Fort and an abandonned Qatari village.
It was very interesting and no stress with him, he takes the time that we need.
I recommand Adnan as a guide, I really enjoyed talking and joking with him (he has a very good sense of humor).
Thank you!
North of Qatar, magical places to see
danieldive1, 11-09-2022
We went to North Qatar Private. Amazing & Very Professional Tour Guide. My favorite part it was the Fort. He took me many Pictures & he was so kind, he drop me in a beautiful Mall.
This was my second tour with them
irinar763, 29-09-2022
We did the north of Qatar tour with Salman. Many thanks to him for making our day so interesting! All was perfect, pick up on time, water and tea, he told us interesting facts about Qatar history and people, answered all the questions . Thanks again and all the best!
A nice trip about Qatar’s past
Taige H, 09-01-2023
A very enjoyable experience to north Qatar with Asim. We visited Al Khor’s fish market first and then visited the purple island for the mangroves. The Zubarah Fort and the abandoned village were the highlights of the trip, where we learned a lot about Qatar’s past.

Asim was very kind and knowledgeable, and answered a lot of our questions on Qatar’s history, culture, and more. Would recommend the tour to anyone interested in the life beyond Doha and Qatari history
Exploring beyond Doha
Himalaya-to-Carolina, 09-01-2023
After two days of visiting the glitzy sights of Doha, we wanted to learn something about the rest of Qatar. This tour was a great choice — a blend of history, nature and daily life outside the capital. Shareef was an excellent driver and took good care of us.
Amazing experience
sabrinahC7470EE, 27-12-2022
Me and my auntie had an amazing day! Waqar our guide was lovely! Very informative, allowed us time to read and enjoy the scenery. I would definitely recommend!
Great tour with Asim!
MomoPowers, 26-12-2022
Our driver and guide Asim was great! We went to see a lot of ruins and the mangrove! He also accommodated our request to go to another area that we wanted to check out. He told us lots of jokes and made the tour humorous!
Visit of the North of Qatar
Irene P, 04-01-2023
We visited the sights mentioned in the program. Our guide Muhammad Ibtisam explained shortly about the sights, after that he started to listen to music. We were allowed only 15 minutes to visit the main sight Al-Zubarah fortress which made the visit very hasty. The last sight, an abandoned village was without great interest since we didn’t get any explanations about the place.

« All Activities

Qatar activities and shore excursions by group:

© Copyright 1995 - 2023 Qatar Travel Guide