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Umm Salal Muhammad

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The two towers of the fort at Umm Salal Mohammed

Umm Salal Muhammad is a town in Qatar, located in the Umm Salal municipality, about 15 km north of Doha. An easy and pleasant morning or afternoon trip out of Doha, it is a short drive from the northern outskirts of Doha on the North Road to Al-Ruweis.

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To get to Um Salal Mohammed, take the North Road (which begins in Doha as D-Ring Road) out of the city for about 10-15 minutes until you see a sign indicating Um Salal Mohammed is on the right. You will have to make a U-turn, and then take the first right. Once you reach the town, take a right at the main intersection to reach the fort, which you are likely to have already spotted by this time. The tower is west of the fort and you should be able to see it by climbing to the top of the mosque or either of the two towers within the fort.

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The tower at Umm Salal Mohammed

Umm Salal Mohammed boasts two interesting sights: an old fort that has been reduced to two towers, a mosque and one other structure; and another tower that is in a run-down area of town but is interesting nevertheless. The fort is regularly closed but it's easy enough to climb over the low wall to get inside the grounds. Once inside, you can climb to the top of the mosque or, better still, part of the way up one of the towers or nearly all the way up the other. Photographing the towers can be good in either the early morning or late afternoon, though if you want to take a picture of the front of the mosque, which faces east, it is better to go in the morning.

The tower, a couple of minutes in a car to the west, lies near an oasis of palm trees and greenery, next to a mosque. The bottom portion of the tower appears to be in use as living quarters for a family, but it is still easy to get close to the base of the tower for a better look or for a photo. Though there are steps near the top of the tower, these don't appear to be accessible at present.

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