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A guide to Al Khor and Al Thakira Municipality

Al Khor and Al Thakira Municipality

Al Khor was established on 17 July 1972. This old city is the capital of the Al Khor and Al Thakira Municipality. Its name is derived from the Arabic word ‘bay’ as the city is located on a bay; this city is hub of Qatar’s oil and gas industry.

If you are wondering that what to do in this amazing city, here we’re providing a guide to the city and surroundi

Distance from Doha

– Approximately 50 km from Doha

–  Approximately 40-45 minutes away from Doha to Al Khor via the Al Khor Coastal Road

Places to visit in Al Khor and Al Thakira Municipality

The Al Khor and Thakira Municipality is one of the popular areas of Qatar. There are so many scenic and picturesque natural sites to see.

Purple Island

Purple Island is a beautiful green destination in Al Khor for all the nature lovers. Here, you can find mangroves, crabs, little fish, and migratory birds like flamingos and herons. Main highlight here is a wooden bridge that passes through the water channels. You can also do kayaking here which you need to book in advance. It is a must visit place to explore the natural heritage of the Island.

  • Tour operators: Aqua Sports, Discover Arabia, 365 Adventures
  • Location: Purple Island

Al Thakira Mangroves

Al Thakira

Al Thakira Mangroves is the oldest and largest natural site in the country. Al Thakira comes from an Arabic word that means ‘ammunition’ in English. It is famous for its beach and the natural greenery created by the mangroves. People love to do kayaking here to explore, but you need to book in advance.

Read More – Al Thakira Mangroves – The most visited place in Qatar

Al Farkiah Beach

Al Farkiah

Al Farkiah is a perfect BBQ spot. It is closest beach to the main Al Khor city. This beautiful beach has a number of pergolas; blue waters, golden sand, and a kid’s play area to enjoy your time. Apart from these, there are cafeteria, public toilets and showers at this beach.

Location: Al Farkiah Beach 

Al Bayt Stadium and Al Bayt Stadium Park

Al Bayt Stadium

The Al Bayt Stadium will host the first opening match of the2022 FIFA World Cup. The design of this stadium is inspired by the’bayt al sha’ar’ (traditional tents) of the Arab nomads. Next to it, there’s Al Bayt Stadium Park which is connected to the stadium. There are plenty of beautiful things to see such as man-made lake, landscape, running tracks, play areas, etc.

Location: Al Bayt Stadium and Al Bayt Park 

Al Khor Mall

Al Khor mall

Al Khor is the biggest mall in the city. This is perfect destination to shop. Here you can find everything under one roof.

Location: Al Khor Mall 

Al Khor Corniche

al khor corniche

Al Khor Corniche is a favourite destination when it comes to spend time with family. There is kid’s play area, sitting arrangement, public toilets for your comfort.

Location: Al Khor Corniche 

Al Khor Hill Park

Al Khor Hill Park

Al khor Hill Park is made on a green hilly area. It is surrounded by little coloured house fronts that give it a look of lush green village. You will love being here for sure.

Location: Al Khor Hill Park 

Al Tawasul Traditional Park

Al Tawasul Traditional Park

This is a perfect destination for families. There are separate days for ladies and children only. There are play areas, courts, benches, birds reserve, walkways and more for a picnic and fun time.

Location: Al Tawasul Traditional Park 

Al Qarma Beach Garden

Al Qarma Beach

Al Qarm Beach Garden was inaugurated in 2018. It is located on the east coast of Al Khor City and is only reserved for ladies and children under the age of 10 years. There are lots of trees and plants, wooden umbrellas, play areas, walking paths, benches and solar-powered lighting.

Location: Al Qarma Beach Garden

Al Shu’aa Reserve

Al Shu'aa Reserve

Al Shu’aa Reserve is especially dedicated to the animals. Kids can learn here about animals and their preservation. Here, you’ll find ducks, tortoises, geese, ostriches, pigeons, goats, rabbits as well as a few Arabian Oryx.

Location: Al Shu’aa Reserve 

Al Khor Family Park and Zoo

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The Al Khor Family Park and Zoo is a perfect picnic destination. It is spreaded in the area of 240,000 square metre with lush green carpet.  There’s a mini gym, play areas, museum, skating area, aviary, basketball court, waterfall, mini train, drinking fountain, mosque and an amphitheatre.

Location: Al Khor Family Park and Zoo 

Baladna Park

Baladna Park

Baladna Park was opened in November 2017. Families can enjoy here different kind of activities together. It is a Baladna farm theme park, you can learn about the Baladna Farm products here. There’s also a Baladna Restaurant on the premises.

Ain Hleetan Well

Ain Hleetan Well

Ain Hleetan Well is located on Al Khor’ west coast and it is one of the 107 wells and springs in Qatar. The water of this well is believed to have medical properties. Locals call it ‘the doctor’, but Qatar Museums architectural conservation team closely monitored it. Next to the well, there are three Al Khor Towers (built in 1900 on a small hill).

Location: Ain Hleetan Well

Al Sultan Beach Resort

Sultan beach resort Al Khor

Al Sultan Beach Resort is must visit destination. It is a 5-star resort that has 184 rooms and suits. There’s a spa, restaurant and huge swimming pool to make your day enjoyable.

Location: Al Sultan Beach Resort 

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