Facts and Data
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Unesco World heritage since: 2013
Size of heritage: 416 ha
- Buffer zone: 7,196 ha
The walled coastal town of Al Zubarah in the Gulf flourished as a pearling and trading centre in the late 18th century and early 19th centuries, before it was destroyed in 1811 and abandoned in the early 1900s. Founded by merchants from Kuwait, Al Zubarah had trading links across the Indian Ocean, Arabia and Western Asia. A layer of sand blown from the desert has protected the remains of the site’s palaces, mosques, streets, courtyard houses, and fishermen’s huts; its harbour and double defensive walls, a canal, walls, and cemeteries. Excavation has only taken place over a small part of the site, which offers an outstanding testimony to an urban trading and pearl-diving tradition which sustained the region’s major coastal towns and led to the development of small independent states that flourished outside the control of the Ottoman, European, and Persian empires and eventually led to the emergence of modern day Gulf States.
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Large airport - 32 mi (52 km) Doha International Airport
Large airport - 60 mi (97 km) King Fahd International Airport
Large airport - 84 mi (135 km) Al Ahsa Airport
Medium airport - 107 mi (173 km) Jubail Airport
Medium airport - 124 mi (201 km) Asaloyeh Airport
Medium airport - 143 mi (230 km) Persian Gulf International Airport
Medium airport - 143 mi (231 km) Jam Airport
Medium airport - 151 mi (244 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Abu Dhabi
- Al Khawr
- Al Wakrah
- Ar Rayyan
- Az Za`ayin
- Bandar Bushehr
- Bandar-e Ganaveh
- Bandar-e `Asaluyeh
- Madinat ash Shamal
- Umm Salal `Ali
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.