The small country on the shore of the Persian Gulf only recently stopped to be an unknown land for foreign tourists who have already developed a taste for great holidays on Qatar's beaches. This remarkable country has rich history as shown by archaeological excavations uncovering ruins of ancient civilizations and historical monuments from different periods. Qatar’s best known and well preserved monuments include buildings erected in the time of the Ottoman Empire and British protectorate. In the heart of Qatar's capital you can see the huge Doha Fort known as the Al Koot Fort, and not far from Ad-Dauha, in place of a lost ancient trade town, lies the Al Zubar Fort, today a popular museum. The small Umm Salal Mohammed Fort looks extremely picturesque, there is a wonderful view over the azure sea and the blue sky combining together.