Qatar: Fort Al Zubarah

Adjacent to the walled coastal town of Al Zubarah and also part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, this 1938 fort stands prominently in the northern Qatari white sand desert. It’s a typical Arab fort with a square footprint, defensive round towers, one meter thick walls everywhere (for protection, but also to keep the buildings inside cool), and a massive courtyard that house the residential quarters, a mosque, a school, and so on. Today it’s a museum.