The towers were used to monitor ships and guard access to the well of Ain Hleetan, the main water source that sustained life in Al Khor. The three towers along the coastline are cylindrical in shape, with thick stone walls and an accessible balcony to guard the port city, an important center for fishing and pearling in the early 20th century.
Towers at Al Khor
Al Khor's defensive watchtowers stand over the ancient port.
Jazirat Bin Ghannam
The island of Jazirat Bin Ghannam on the east coast of Qatar reveals traces of human activity dating back to the 2nd millennium BCE.
Ain Hleetan Well
In the past, Qatar's wells were a primary source of natural water. Today they remain important indicators and tools for our research.
All Heritage Sites
Stories of Qatari Heritage
We put local communities, young and old, in touch with their past, reminding them of the skills, wisdom, and struggles of their ancestors.
Archaeology and Heritage
The archaeology and conservation team excavate, restore and protect the parts of Qatar that flourished long ago.
Cultural Heritage Education
Our programmes provide students, teachers, and families with the opportunity to visit heritage sites and experience the work of archaeologists.