Located in the suburbs of Doha in the village of Umm Salal Mohammed, the recently restored towers were built between 1910 and 1916. Barzan means ‘the high place’ and the towers may have served as a lookout to protect local water sources and as an observatory to determine the dates of the lunar calendar.

The buildings were extensively restored in 2003 and the towers measure 16 meters in height. While their exact role has never been fully determined, it is thought the towers were built near the seas both to keep a look out for approaching ships and to monitor local pearl divers. Since reopening to the public, the towers are equipped with air conditioning. 

Visiting times: we would recommend tourists visit Barzan Towers between 2pm and 7pm 

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