The town of Al Zubarah was classified as a conservation zone in 2009. Since then, Qatar Museums has led teams of archaeologists and scientists to research the site and engage with local communities.
In 2013 the World Heritage Committee named Al Zubarah a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site includes three major features, the largest of which are the archaeological remains of the town, dating back to the 1760s. Nearby is the settlement of Qal’at Murair, which was fortified to protect the city’s inland wells.