This well-preserved military fort was first constructed in 1938 by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani as a coast guard station. Since then, the Al Zubarah fort has become a police station and today, it serves as a famous landmark museum where people can visit and appreciate the neutral architecture.
9am-5pm (Closed Friday & Saturday)
Normal lens (47mm)
How to get there
N25° 58' 36.696"E51° 02' 43.9008"
This image was taken inside the Al Zubarah Fort. In order to visit this location, you'll need access to a car. Input either the GPS coordinate or "Al Zubarah Fort" into your maps system and then make your way to the site.
Once you're there, park in the public lot called Al Zubarah Parking Lot (25.976273, 51.045295). Then, head north to the entrance of the fort. Enter the building and make your way to the second level of the southeast corner to get this perspective.
When to go
Morning, Mid-day, Late afternoon
You can visit the Al Zubarah Fort during any month of the year. In the summer, the temperatures can be extremely hot, so plan accordingly for warm weather.
I recommend photographing this space in the morning, midday and late afternoon when there's sufficient sunlight that'll produce shadows.
The shadows are a key component of the composition to create dimension and depth in the photo. Make sure you're positioned at an angle where the shadows are elongated.
Having a model in your shot will breathe some life into your photo and it'll also offer a sense of scale.
Try to play with the leading lines of the architecture. The fort is built on a square structure and has open windows that can frame your subject, so there are a lot of strong, symmetrical lines you can emphasize.
Make sure to go inside the Al Zubarah Exhibition Hall to learn more about the history of the fort.
Take advantage of the area and visit the other ruins that are nearby Al Zubarah Fort, like Al Rakyat Al Thagab.
A trip to the beach is also a must when you're in this area. Just head west from the fort and you'll eventually hit the water!