Al Koot Fort
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Al Koot Fort was built in the Ottoman period, in 1880, when Doha was little more than a village. At the time this would have been at the outskirts of the town.
The Ottomans had arrived in Qata a few years, and were initially welcomed by Sheikh Qassim, although neither his father nor the British were very happy about it.
Sheikh Qassim originally acted as an agent for the Turks, but the love affair was not to last. The Turks decided to teach the Qataris a lesson only to be soundly beaten in battle. After this defeat they sulked in their fort until finally being kicked out some twenty years later.
You'll find this big square white fort on the outskirts of Souq Waqif. Unfortunately, it's not currently open to visitors.
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