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Al Jumail:

Qatar’s Ghost Village


The old pearling and fishing village is the place to see for those interested in heritage and learning more about the history of Qatar.

Al Jumail:

Qatar’s Ghost Village


The old pearling and fishing village is the place to see for those interested in heritage and learning more about the history of Qatar.

Located in the northeast of Qatar in the municipality of Al Shamal, Al Jumail is an abandoned pearling and fishing village that was inhabited by the Alkubaisi family.

Founded in the 19th century and inhabited well into the twentieth century, people began to move out following the economic boom brought about by the petroleum and gas industry, preferring to be in the main cities.

Historically, the houses in the village were built similar to that of the region, with thick walls that kept the heat out. The construction usually consisted of overlapping coral rocks and limestones, held together with a mud mortar and coated by a gypsum-based plaster.

Today, you can find the remains of the traditional houses, with doorways and parts of the walls preserved. The main attraction in the village is the mosque and minaret, preserved better than most. As is customary for such towns, the houses in the village were built around the mosque.

Al Jumail is currently fenced as an archeological site, however visits are still possible through the open gate, inviting us to see the contrast between the modern and traditional, observing both Qatar’s rich heritage and its contemporary vision.


PHOTOS: Adriane de Souza

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