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Atlas Obscura 19th-Century Pirates Loved This Desert Sea

An enormous pool of shallow, salty water lies within a great expanse of sunkissed sand dunes. It’s a strange environment, made even more fascinating by its history as a pirate stronghold. 

Inland Sea (Khawr al Udayd) is a sea inlet of the Persian Gulf that straddles the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Due to low rainfall and high temperatures, the water is saltier than the nearby gulf.

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Atlas Obscura 2019
75.87km
Hamad International Airport’s Giant Bear Sculpture

"Untitled (Lamp/Bear)" stands amid its daily hustle and bustle.

Atlas Obscura 2017
84.88km
The Camel Racing Robot Jockeys of Qatar

Mechanical riders guide their humped mounts to victory as part of a 21st-century twist on an ancient desert sport.

Atlas Obscura 2018
86.75km
Barzan Towers

Discover Barzan Towers in Umm Salal Muhammed, Qatar: These beautiful historic watchtowers were used for both scanning the desert for enemy invaders and observing the celestial world.

Atlas Obscura 2018
112.6km
Qatar’s Creepy Abandoned Film Set

A totally deserted mock Arabian village in the middle of the Qatari desert.

Atlas Obscura 2021
45.21km
Al Karaana Lagoon

Discover Al Karaana Lagoon in Al-Karaana, Qatar: Once a highly polluted body of water has now been transformed into a gorgeous lagoon.

Atlas Obscura 2019
75.53km
Souq Waqif

Discover Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar: Qatar's oldest market can trace its origins back more than a century.

Atlas Obscura 2019
61.98km
The Unconventionally Beautiful Umm Bab Clay Quarry

The intriguing environment possesses stunning scenery you won't easily forget.

Atlas Obscura 2018
76.26km
Qatar National Library

Discover Qatar National Library in Doha, Qatar: The enormous diamond-shaped building packs a trove of academic and literary treasures into one futuristic space.

Atlas Obscura 2019
76.65km
‘The Miraculous Journey’

Discover 'The Miraculous Journey' in Doha, Qatar: Fourteen sculptures showing the development of a fetus stand outside a hospital for women and children.

Atlas Obscura 2018
59.28km
Musfur Sinkhole

Discover Musfur Sinkhole in Qatar: Climb down into the largest sinkhole in Qatar.

Atlas Obscura 2022
105.49km
‘East-West/West-East’

Discover 'East-West/West-East' in Qatar: Four steel monoliths stand in the Qatari desert, in a breathtaking work of large-scale art by Richard Serra.

Atlas Obscura 2019
76.1km
National Museum of Qatar

Discover National Museum of Qatar in Doha, Qatar: The building is a gigantic piece of art inspired by the shape of a desert rose.

Atlas Obscura 2018
55.33km
Al Wukair Scrapyard

Discover Al Wukair Scrapyard in Qatar: Some 20,000 dust-covered unwanted vehicles languish in the desert.

Atlas Obscura 2018
66.26km
Al Wakrah Dhow Harbor

Discover Al Wakrah Dhow Harbor in Wakrah, Qatar: A superb spot to appreciate the traditional boats of the Indian Ocean.

Atlas Obscura 2018
75.29km
Qatar’s Slavery Museum

Bin Jelmood House does not shy away from this dark chapter in the country's history.

Atlas Obscura 2019
75.92km
Pearl Monument

Discover Pearl Monument in Doha, Qatar: This fountain pays homage to Qatar's history of pearling, the primary industry before oil.

Atlas Obscura 2021
75.78km
Souq Wakif Blue Road

Discover Souq Wakif Blue Road in Doha, Qatar: This vibrant side road in Doha was painted light blue to reduce heat.

Atlas Obscura 2018
78.21km
Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

Discover Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum in Doha, Qatar: This mix of Islamic art, vintage vehicles, weaponry, architecture, and history is an ode to eclecticism. .

Atlas Obscura 2017
113.72km
Bir Zekreet

Discover Bir Zekreet in Zekreet, Qatar: Some of the ancient-looking huts among these strange rock formations aren't ancient at all, but built as part of a movie set.

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75.21km
Doha