Barzan Towers, also known as Umm Salal Muhammed Fort is a fortification built by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Jassim Al Thani in the late 19th to early 20th Century. The word Barzan in Arabic means ‘elevation’ or ‘high place’, this name given due to the sixteen metre height of the watchtowers. Not to be confused with the similar named modern skyscraper located on the Corniche at Doha city.
Barzan Towers is short thirty minutes drive twenty-five kilometres north-west from Doha city. An easy attraction to reach, it will most likely be the first found when exploring Qatar.
Umm Salal Muhammed Fort features traditional Gulf and Arabic style architecture with wooden elements, including doors and roof. A mosque is located in one of the adjacent buildings to the towers.