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After extensive facelift, Al Khor park in Qatar to reopen this summer

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Former Al Khor park
Former Al Khor park

One of the biggest and oldest parks in Qatar will reopen in Al Khor within the next two months, an official from the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has said.

The 240,000 square meter park lies west of Al Khor municipality, and has been undergoing a QR250 million renovation since June 2010. According to Al Raya, it was scheduled to reopen in the first quarter of 2014.

But its opening was delayed to ensure the park was equipped with proper safety and security features – including installing a fence around a hill that overlooks the children’s play area, the newspaper reported.

When it’s complete, the park will include a building that looks like a cave that houses different animals, reptiles and birds. There will also be horse and camel rides, a waterfall, a pond, museum and a miniature golf course.

The reopening of the park comes at a time when many residents are pining for more green open areas, as opposed to malls, to spend their free time.

Qatar is home to several parks, but most are usually packed with residents during the weekends in winter.

Other projects

This week, officials also announced several other plans for Al Khor, which links three other municipalities: Al Shamal, Al Tahgayen and Al Rayyan.

That includes an 840,000 square meter Olympic park with a museum, which aims to be open by the 2022 World Cup; and new residential buildings, according to Al Watan.

Al Khor coast
Al Khor coast

Development of Al Khor’s coast and beaches is also underway, with authorities saying additional parking and amenities such as bathrooms and cafeterias will be added to accommodate weekend visitors.

When it comes to road development, all roundabouts in the municipality will be turned into intersections, officials added during a press conference this week.

Finally, the idea of a “recreational city” for workers was also raised. However, no timeline for the development, which would include football, basketball and baseball courts, in addition to supermarkets, barber shops and currency exchange shops, was discussed.

Tarek Al Tamimi, director of technical affairs for Al Khor Municipality, was quoted by Al Raya as saying:

“This will be a complete city where the worker can enjoy his weekend, and get what he needs, without having to go anywhere else.”

Meanwhile, a hospital is being built in Ras Laffan city in Al Khor to accommodate laborers in the area, as many of the patients in Al Khor hospital work in the construction sector.

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Guest
Guest
6 years ago

That’s really nice. Any shaded, ACed areas?

Spirit
Spirit
6 years ago
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Shaded? Perhaps. ACed? I’m not sure the carbon footprint would be worth it especially since keeping these parks green is already quite an investment of varied resources. If one wants AC it is better to stay indoors or just visit during cooler months.

Nise
Nise
6 years ago

Meanwhile the Al Muntazah Park is still closed. Forever closed…

Krishnaraj Nair
Krishnaraj Nair
6 years ago

Great news, we were waiting for so long time to hear this news. K.Nair, Alkhor

Shumaila Khan
Shumaila Khan
6 years ago

very glad to hear that… hopefully will be visiting soon inshaAllah..

andy
andy
6 years ago

I understand that the animals will be kept in appalling conditions, people will not be able to stand next to the pond (for safety reasons), the cave style building will close without warning for no understandable reason and the park will be manned by 250 ‘guards’ with whistles and no sense of humour.

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