Dukhan is an industrial city in western Qatar. It is approximately 60 kilometers west of the capital, Doha. Dukhan is administrated by Qatar's state oil agency Qatar Petroleum and holds an important place in Qatar's oil industry. All the industrial operations inside Dukhan are administrated by Dukhan Operations department situated inside the Dukhan Operations Management Building (DOMB). Any person willing to visit or work in Dukhan requires a special permit from Qatar Petroleum in the form of a Dukhan entry gate pass.
There are many contractors working in Dukhan for Qatar Petroleum, mainly involved in oil explorations, plant operations, shut-downs and construction of infrastructure. Qatar's only four-lane motorway connects Doha with Dukhan. Dukhan beach is famous in Qatar for surfing and swimming and as a picnic spot.
Oil exploration in the Dukhan area began in 1935; construction on the first oil well in Dukhan began in 1939 and was finished the next year.The original settlement was built as an oil camp for personnel of the Qatar Petroleum Company.The citys development stepped up a gear when the Dukhan power station was commissioned in 1958, and natural gas was discovered in the Khuff Reservoir the following year, at an average depth of 10,000 feet. Over the next few decades Dukhans growth continued to pick up speed. In 1974 the Fahahil plant was commissioned to recover raw natural gas liquids (NGL) from associated gas (which is found in either dissolved in crude oil or as a cap of gas above the oil). This milestone was followed in 1976 by the first development well in the Khuff reservoir, and from 1978 to 1982 eight Khuff wellhead treatment plants were commissioned. Dukhan expanded further in 1989, when the Dukhan reservoir Power Water Injection (PWI) project began, to address the problem of rising water levels in the reservoirs. PWI helped to enhance oil recovery and maintain reservoir pressure in the Dukhan field. Meanwhile, the Fahahil compression station began operations in 1992, to pressurise the Khuff reservoir with surplus North Field gas and help stabilise production. Progress continued throughout the late 1990s and early years of this decade, with several major enhancements including the two-stage Arab D project to develop the production of gas and condensates, inaugurated by HH the Emir of Qatar in 1998.
How to reach
Doha Downtown car rental (distanced approximately 41 km)
Doha - Salwa Road car rental (distanced approximately 72 km)
Doha - Al Khor car rental (distanced approximately 74 km)
Musherib car rental (distanced approximately 76 km)
Doha - C Ring Road car rental (distanced approximately 79 km)
Khor Fakkan Beach :
Airports nearest to Dukhan are sorted by the distance to the airport from the city centre. Follow relate airport hotel guides for accommodation booking.
Harad Airport (distanced approximately 230 km)
Al Kharji Airport (distanced approximately 320 km)
Al Bayaah Airport (distanced approximately 360 km)
Prince Sultan Ab Airport (distanced approximately 360 km)
Al Kharj Prince Sultan Air Base Airport (distanced approximately 360 km)
Places to visit
Palm Tree Island:
One of the most prominent tourist attractions in Qatar is the Palm Tree Island, located in the middle of Doha Bay. This beautiful island lies approximately 10 min from the Corniche Bay, attracting numerous crowds from all over the globe to enjoy wide variety of activities as well as relax in the peaceful environment. Fresh air, well kept gardens, immaculate sandy beaches, magnificent vegetation, remarkable restaurants and wide variety of watersports activities better describe the Palm Tree Island.
Palm Tree Island is an ultimate vacation destination, which is managed by the Doha Club. At this island, visitors can take part in the various games, swimming events, biathlon, fairground rides, quad bike tracks, and camel rides and other popular weekend events sponsored by the club. With a wide range of recreational activities the Palm Tree Island has become a popular venue for outdoor enthusiast around the globe.
The Pearl Qatar:
The Pearl Qatar is a multi-billion dollar rediscovered artificial island, known as Dohas Riviera Arabia, which is considered as a jewel in the Arabian Gulf. Urbanized by the United Development Company and is Located offshore in the prestigious West Bay District of Doha, Qatar. This up-market, multi-cultural residential community is countrys first international real estate endeavor, offering freehold and residential rights to global patrons.
Encouraged by the Rivieras of Italy and France, The Pearl adds 32 kilometers of coast to Qatar. It features not less than 16000 opulence apartments, villas, corporate offices, three 5 Star hotels, modern marinas with over 800 boats capacity, fashion boutiques, schools, countless multi-cuisine restaurants and undoubtedly maximum number of non Qataris residents.
Villaggio Mall is a shopping mall located in the Aspire Zone in the west end of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. The mall is located on Al Waab Street between the Hyatt Plaza and Sport City and has many shops, including many famous brands in the US, UK, Italian and German markets.
Once it is fully completed, there will be a total of 220 stores spread over 130,000 square metres of retail space.