Umm Bab

Umm Bab is the capital city of the municipality of Jariyan al Batnah in Qatar, located 25 km south of Dukhan. Because the municipality is located in the south of the country, it is the only municipality that borders foreign territory (Saudi Arabia). Domestically, Jariyah al Batnah borders the following municipalities: Al Jumaliyah – north, Ar Rayyan – northeast, and Al Wakrah – east. To the west, the municipaly borders with The Persian Gulf.

Road to Umm Bab (taken just after Dukhan)
Road to Umm Bab (taken just after Dukhan)

From Dukhan, Umm Bab is 25 km to south accessed through an excellent road passing many Qatar Petroleum (QP) onshore oil facilities. Along the road are many local road accesses to QP fields or stations. Speed limit is 100km however no speed cameras are installed. Photography and video are prohibited along the road, so there isn’t so much I can offer in regards to how the road looks.

If you follow through Dukhan – Umm Bab to the south, you will reach Salwa Road (after about 37 km from Umm Bab) leading to Bu Samra Qatar/Saudi borders. Another road is linking Umm Bab to Doha southeasterly to (again) Salwa Road for 39 km.

With estimated population is estimated at 6,300 in 2004, there aren’t so much to explore in Umm Bab. Cement Factory (Qatar National Cement Company) is the most prominent landmark in Umm Bab. The factory is located at the left side of the road from Dukhan, can be accessed through a roundabout and an underpass.

Umm Bab Cement Factory on the left
Umm Bab Cement Factory on the left
Cement Factory
Cement Factory
Umm Bab village is opposite of cement factory
Umm Bab village is opposite of cement factory

Other landmark is Palm Tree Beach, named after the small cluster of palm trees at the end of the road alongside the small breakwater.

Umm Bab literally means Bab’s Mother.

Coordinate: 25 12’20.54”N 50 48’04.49”E

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