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Al Jumail

A 19th century pearling and fishing village abandoned before Qatar's economic boom.  

Between Al Arish (aka Al Areesh) and Al Ruwais is a turn-off sign pointing left (heading north).  The sign says “Al Jumail”, and it points at an abandoned pearling and fishing village which was founded in the 19th century and was inhabited well into the 20th century, prior to the economic boom that the petroleum and gas industry brought along.  

There are there remains of traditional houses, but only the doorways and tracts of the walls have remained.  The ground is peppered with shards of pottery, beads, and broken glass.  But the most important and beautiful feature of Al Jumail is without a doubt its mosque and minaret.