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PHOTOS: The abandoned villages and oryx reserves of Zekreet in Qatar

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On a recent trip to Qatar’s west coast, Doha News reader Alyssa Palmquist captured several powerful images, some of which appear to show the country’s past frozen in time.

After several visits to Richard Serra’s East-West art installation, Palmquist decided to explore the area in more detail. Her trip to Zekreet included stops at an oryx reserve, Qatar’s “Film City” – a recreation of an antique Arabic village – and an abandoned town, just past the Cuban Hospital.

“Myself and a few friends like to take our cameras out into the streets of Doha and beyond to take pictures of daily life and all wanted to make a trip out to Zekreet,” Palmquist told Doha News. “We were not disappointed.”

She said the town that she photographed is now largely uninhabited, save for a handful of residents. It’s situated next to an archeological dig site that Palmquist said likely has “many treasures yet to be uncovered including its history, who lived there, when it was abandoned and why.”

To get to the area from Doha, Palmquist recommends driving west past Education City until one sees signs for Dhukhan. If one keeps driving straight past the Cuban Hospital, the town will be on the right.

To continue onto the Zekreet Peninsula, head to the Richard Serra site and proceed along the road on the eastern end of the installation (near the mud flats) and continue until the fenced-off border of the Zekreet nature reserve. Palmquist says a 4×4 vehicle is required and recommends bringing water and food as restroom facilities are few and far between.

She adds:

“Please respect the fenced-off area if it is closed. Once you enter the Zekreet nature reserve, keep an eye out for what looked like wild antelope or deer. The Oryx reserve is on your left about 10 minutes into the reserve, immediately followed by film city. When approaching film city, someone will approach you offering tea and a tour of the compound. Please provide a small tip.”

Have you visited the Zekreet peninsula? What were your impressions? Thoughts?

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Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago

I like the car.

DohaGold
DohaGold
6 years ago

Ahh… but which one?

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  DohaGold

Defender

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
6 years ago
Reply to  DohaGold

The red one.

عبدالرحيم عبدالرحمن
عبدالرحيم عبدالرحمن
6 years ago

Love the Red Defender

Peter Pickle
Peter Pickle
6 years ago

nice car….is that the name of the car?

sicti
sicti
6 years ago
Reply to  Peter Pickle

Yup, Range Rover Defender

Andrew
Andrew
6 years ago

The strange thing is I put the plate of the Defender into the MOI system to check for violations, as a joke. It seems that plate 58800 is still valid. Odd.

JM Doha
JM Doha
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

You should try with Private Transportation (Green Colored Number Plate). You might have tried Private Vehicle!!!

Posthaze
Posthaze
6 years ago

Love these pictures

AnonymityBreedsContempt
AnonymityBreedsContempt
6 years ago

What are the GPS coordinates for that Serra installation?

AnonymityBreedsContempt
AnonymityBreedsContempt
6 years ago
Reply to  George Adaimi

These coordinates go to the Qatar Museum Authority.

Rahma
Rahma
6 years ago

Many abandoned cars in Doha

Shumaila Khan
Shumaila Khan
6 years ago

Abandon places always fascinate me…Love the pictures and the red vehicle is very mesmerizing…

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