Bridging the Gulf Cultural Segment III: Stories of Al Zubarah, Qatar’s Largest Heritage Site

Added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013, the Al Zubarah Archaeological Site is Qatar’s first entry in this international register. Once a thriving pearl fishing and trading port in the 1760s, the Al Zubarah site showcases impressive, excavated findings. These include a city wall, ancient residential palaces and structures typical of an urban centre – including markets, living and industrial areas. Stretching from Fort Zubarah lining the coast to the early inland settlement of Qal’at Murair, the site provides a reimagination of a Gulf merchant town in the 18th and 19th centuries.

MEI (NUS), in collaboration with the Qatar Embassy in Singapore, will welcome two speakers from Qatar Museums to take our audience on a virtual tour of Al Zubarah. Beyond nostalgia, the speakers will also share their knowledge about contemporary uses of the Zubarah Fort, for instance.

This public talk will be conducted online via Zoom on Friday, 21 January 2022, from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm (SGT). All are welcome to participate. This event is free, however, registration is compulsory. Successful registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom details closer to the date of the event.

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