Al Ruwaida Archaeological Site

The Al Ruwaida Archaeological Site encompasses a settlement dating back to the 16th century; comprising a central fort, mosques, a boatyard and warehouses.

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Open to Visitors
Saturday–Thursday: 9am–5pm;
Friday: 12.30–5pm
Free admission, no tickets required

Extending along the coastline of northwest Qatar for some 2.5 km, Al Ruwaida was inhabited from about the 16th through the 18th centuries. The settlement incorporated a large, central fort, two mosques, a boatyard, and merchants’ warehouses. In 2013, archaeologists working under the sponsorship of Qatar Museums discovered a sculpted plaque, approximately 5 cm in length and carved from bone, representing a complete oryx. A tie on the back would allow it to be used as a brooch or as a furniture fitting. The carving has been estimated to have been made about 300 years ago. Today, this antelope is a protected species in Qatar.

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Al Ruwaida was inhabited from the 16th to the 18th century.