Our archaeologists use wells in their research as indicators for the location of past settlements. We launched a vast research project in 2004 to document and preserve Qatar’s wells as historic landmarks.
In total, 107 wells and springs have been inventoried and documented, and their exact locations, construction techniques, history and traditions were collected through oral history documentation. Their condition and conservation is constantly monitored by our team.
Ain Hleetan at Al Khor
Ain Hleetan well is on the west coast of Al Khor. Cylindrical and built of gravel, clay and plaster, it led to the settlement of the Al Mahanda tribe in the city. Local legend has it that around 150 years ago, a group of hunters discovered the water source accidentally while chasing a hare. Ancient sources describe the salubrious features of its water, reputed to cure illnesses, to the extent that local residents would call it 'the doctor'.
In the past, the well used to be closed to stop water flow for regular cleaning and maintenance. Today, this water source is maintained and monitored by our architectural conservation team.