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Welcome to Al Khor

Delve into the historic charm of Al Khor city for a glimpse into its pearl-diving heritage. Discover must-see sights like Purple Island, go shopping or explore its parks. 

The coastal charm of Al Khor 

Historic Al Khor is located on the north-eastern coast of Qatar and can be reached from Doha in about 45 minutes by car, or via the metro to Lusail, then a bus service. See traditional wooden dhows in the harbour, wander along its beautiful Corniche and enjoy many opportunities for shopping and bargain hunting.

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History of Al Khor

One of the oldest cities in Qatar, Al Khor was founded by the Al Muhannadi tribe in the middle of the 18th century. When a water source was discovered near the coast in the 19th century, they constructed Ain Hleetan Well. Locals believed that water from this well possessed medicinal properties. To defend this mystical well and harbour, villagers built the three cylindrical Al Khor Towers watchtowers to guard the town.

Places to visit in Al Khor Qatar

A modern city where traditional fishing still continues, Al Khor is a fabulous day trip destination. Throw yourself into an adventure, slow the pace or indulge in some retail therapy in its mall and markets.

Adventures & sports


Paddle in the magical Thakira Mangroves where you can see birds, crabs and fish. If you’re a sports fan, don’t miss a visit to Al Bayt Stadium, where the opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ took place. 

Around the stadium there is the huge Al Bayt Stadium Park where families can play and relax – the size of 30 football pitches. Look out for children’s play areas, exercise stations, cycling tracks, boat rentals and food stations. There are four basketball courts, four tennis courts, two volleyball courts, and 10 football pitches/practice fields within the park. 

Parks & reserves


Say hello to the animals at Al Khor Park and Zoo – one of the oldest public parks of Qatar. Enjoy vast green spaces with pergolas to enjoy a picnic, playgrounds and train rides for the kids, events at the amphitheatre, plus a museum, mosque and zoo with over 300 animals. Don’t miss the chance to meet the Middle East first resident pandas at Panda Park.

Baladna Park is another family-friendly attraction, evolving from a sheep and goat farm to an adventure-filled destination. Don’t miss the zoo that houses dozens of species such as mini kangaroos, giant turtles, royal peacocks, alpacas, wallaby, emus, pigmy goats and sheep. Kids can learn how a dairy farm works and gain insights into milk production. There are lots of fun activities to indulge in, from ziplining, bungee jumping and archery to horse riding and karting. Al Shu’aa Reserve is yet another green space to admire animals like ducks, tortoises, geese, ostriches, pigeons, goats, rabbits and a few Arabian Oryx. 



If shopping is on your mind, the Al Khor Mall is a bargain hunter’s dream. Treat yourself and all your favourite people, with over 100 outlets. Stop for a bite to eat at cafés and fast-food eateries like Batteel Café, Chilli’s and Papa John's. The in-house cinema shows the latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies in 2D and 3D and kids can enjoy a fun day at the edutainment venue, Fun Ville. 

For a taste of traditional culture, shop at Al Khor fish market or Al Khor souk! You’ll need cash ready for haggling. 



On the Corniche you’ll find the Al Khor Archaeological Museum – a fascinating regional museum that depicts the traditional fishing, diving and shipbuilding of bygone times. Browse artefacts used in ancient industries – such as making dyes from sea shells – plus geological maps showing the changes in Qatar over the last 120,000 years. Enjoy pretty views of the bay and harbour, and entry is free. 

Al Khor Towers are imposing watchtowers built for guarding the sea and the life-sustaining Ain Hleetan Well.

Hotels & restaurants


Stay at the luxurious Al Sultan Beach Hotel Resort – a resort that resembles a Bedouin fortress and overlooks a private beach on the Arabian Gulf. Alternatively, go camping by the shore. International restaurants and eateries abound, with everything from fragrant Iranian cuisine to authentic Chinese and French cafes.

Before your say goodbye to Al Khor, watch the sunset from the astonishingly beautiful Purple Island. Don’t forget your coffee or kayak for a relaxing evening.

Al Khor | Breathtaking City
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Any questions about Al Khor city? 

Similar to Doha, the weather in Al Khor is hot in the summer (May to October) and cool in the winter months (December to February. You will experience a comfortable temperatures and cool breezes in March, April, November.

You can camp near the Thakira Mangroves.

Al Khor is 60km north of Doha. It can be reached from Doha in about 45 minutes by car, or via the metro to Lusail, then a bus service. 


By car: you can take the coastal road from Doha, Lusail, or The Peal. Or, you can take Al Shamal road from Doha. 

By metro or bus: The Doha Metro will take you as far as Lusail and from the Lusail Bus Station, you can take a bus to Al Khor City.

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Al Khor | Breathtaking City