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Khor Al Adaid Beach

Khawr al Udayd, ( also spelled Khor al Adaid and Khor al-‘Udeid) is a settlement and inlet of the Persian Gulf located in Al Wakrah Municipality in southeast Qatar, on the border with Saudi Arabia.

This area of southern Qatar is one of the most unusual yet attractive destinations imaginable. The pristine sea and ever-changing sands make visits totally memorable.

History of Khor Al Adaid Beach

Khawr al Udayd has historically been a contentious point between Qatar and what is now Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). During the 19th century, it became a haven for pirates from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (now part of the UAE). The Bani Yas tribe, on three separate occasions in 1835, 1849, and 1869, migrated and settled in the area.

In 1836, a section of the Bani Yas tribe, led by Sheikh Khadim-bin-Nahman, sought to evade the repercussions of recent piratical activities and established themselves at Odeid. This move was followed by further secessions and returns, until in 1869, a group under Sheikh Buttye-bin-Khadim settled at Odeid, renouncing their allegiance to the parent state.

One of the notable settlers in 1835 was the pirate Jasim bin Jabir, who was joined by his crew. Residents of eastern Qatar supported the pirates in their raids on vessels off the coast of Abu Dhabi. In response, a British naval force was dispatched to Khawr al Udayd in 1836 to address the piracy issue. The British instructed Qatari chiefs to cease supplying the pirates and to seize their boats. Additionally, the British naval force destroyed one of the pirate vessels, prompting Jasim bin Jabir to relocate to Doha.

In May 1837, the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi dispatched troops to Khawr al Udayd to punish the seceders. The settlement was sacked, resulting in the deaths of 50 inhabitants, and its houses and fortifications were dismantled. However, the Sheikh’s leniency after the victory led the seceders to return to Abu Dhabi.

In 1869, the Bani Yas tribe once again seceded from Abu Dhabi and resettled in Khawr al Udayd under Sheikh Buttye-bin-Khadim. The colony, inhabited by approximately 200 Bani Yas tribespeople, boasted 30 pearling ships and was well-protected, featuring a small fort with two towers at its center.

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