Officially known as Al Khor and Al Thakhira, Al Khor is a municipality in the northern region of Qatar. The area is named after the major city in the area, Al Khor City, followed by the second largest settlement Al Thakhira. In Arabic, "Khor", means bay and the city was called this due to its close proximity to a bay in the north of Qatar. The Al Khor municipality is bordered with Al Shamal municipality to its north and to its south to the three municipalities of Al Shahaniya, Umm Salal and Al Daayen. The majority or properties available for rent in Al Khor are located in Al Khor City and Al Thakhira and are generally cheaper than similar apartments and villas available for rent found in the capital, Doha or neighbouring areas further south.
Al Khor is known for its numerous beaches and sea-front promenade. There are also 4 islands off the coast, one of them being Al Khor Island (also known as Purple Island). One of the main attractions in the area is a mangrove forest which was ordered by the Emir of Qatar to become a protected area in 2006. Al Khor has the second largest total farmland area in Qatar, after the municipality of Al Rayyan, but it is known to be the most farm dense municipality with over 325 farms situated in the municipality. Two main roads connect Al Khor to the capital, the first being Al Shamal Road running through the municipality of Umm Salal and Al Khor Coastal Road running through the municipality of Al Daayen.