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I have improved them where possible, but I have not attempted to create a similar look to each as, in doing so, I would have lost detail.
While the illustrations here are all photographs, there is some evidence from earlier days of how some of the urbanisations looked.
The sketch shows housing at al-Bida on each side of a square fort with circular corner towers situated near the sea.
To its east there is a circular watch tower set back from the sea and, to its east, the housing of al-Doha around another square fort, this time having only two circular towers and one square tower.
However, as we know that the two photographs immediately above were taken in 1966, this photograph must have been taken before then as it can be seen that there is more of the building standing in ruins at the lower centre of the photograph. The image is not of high quality as it was photographed directly from the original black and white aerial photograph.
Where possible I have put dates to the notes and photographs based on a number of considerations. Should you have more accurate information I would be grateful if you would let me know so that I can correct or add information where appropriate.
This aerial photograph is of the old development at Zubara.
It is said to have been taken in the 1960s, but I have no other information that would give a more exact date.
These two pages illustrate something of the older buildings and associated development in Qatar.The walls and arches are of masonry construction and, unusually are dressed in order to provide a degree of accuracy and structural coherence not attainable with the regular construction of most of the traditional buildings in the peninsula.Note that the wall appears to show springing suggesting that there might have been a domed construction, or at least arches – it was difficult to see from the original photograph if the springers were developed laterally to support domes.In 1823 a ‘Trigonometric Plan of the Harbour of el-Biddah’ was published.It included not just a plan of the bay but also a sketch of the two towns of al-Bida and al-Doha.