Al Jumail which is derived from the Arabic word 'jameel' meaning beautiful is the name of this once prospering pearl diving and fishing village in Qatar. The now-abandoned Al Jumail Fishing Village is very close to the Al Zubarah Fort. Many people call it a ghost town, and that is what it has become. Once upon a time though, around the 19th century, this village was inhabited by pearl divers and fishermen who took advantage of the nearby sea to earn a living.
The houses that make up the village and other structures are in ruins now but the mosque with its minaret still stands tall and proud. The ground around the buildings are scattered with bits of pottery, beads and other remnants from the old times.
It is thought that, in the 20th century, around the 1970s, when Qatar became oil-rich, the villagers started to leave as their trade suffered. With time, everyone left and what remains now is a reminder of a past that once was.
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