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Friday, June 18, 2021

PHOTOS: Farewell, VIP (Clock Tower) Roundabout

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All photos by Gazanfarulla Khan

As the first of four phases of C Ring construction gets underway, residents are getting prepared to say goodbye to one of Qatar’s last iconic junctions – VIP Roundabout, or Clock Tower R/A.

C Ring phase 1

According to the yearlong C Ring overhaul plan set by Qatar’s Public Works Authority Ashghal, the first phase includes converting VIP R/A into a signalized intersection.

The road from that R/A to halfway between Toyota and Gulf Cinema signals will also be widened from three to four lanes.

Additionally, pedestrian crossings, u-turn lanes, new traffic signals and street lights are expected to be added to this swathe of road, as well as the parts of C Ring up to Ramada Signal.

The construction is being led by Qatari contracting company Bin Omran Trading and Contracting.

So far, commuters report that construction near Doha International Airport has been causing long traffic delays, due to diversions and narrowing of the road:

https://twitter.com/iamkalu/status/470112417880350720

https://twitter.com/m_mutahir/status/470112037410836480

Expected completion

Previously, Ashghal pledged to complete the first phase of construction by the third quarter of this year.

C Ring

More specifically, it has been telling businesses along Airport Road that it plans to finish up in that area by the end of August.

After that comes the next phase, which will affect the road from Al Mansoora (Gulf Cinema signal) to halfway past Rawdat AlKhail (Holiday Villa signal).

New Salata (near the former Al Andalus Petrol station) and Jabur bin Ahmed (Ramada signal) will also see renovations by the beginning of next year.

Meanwhile, work has also just begun to convert Markhiya (Burger King) R/A and nearby Dahl Al Hammam R/B into signalized intersections.

The past year has seen the removal of nearly 10 roundabouts on the Corniche, including Onaiza (Oryx) R/A, as well as the takedown of Arch (Rainbow) R/A to make way for the new Lusail Expressway.

The construction comes as Qatar’s roads strain to accommodate an influx of more than 100,000 cars each year, due to the soaring population.

Which roundabout do you think is next on the list? Thoughts?

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Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
7 years ago

keep the clock and remove the roundabout…:P

osamaalassiry
osamaalassiry
7 years ago

It can be moved to one of the corners… :O

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
7 years ago
Reply to  osamaalassiry

It could always be moved ot of the city and placed along side the metal ‘art’ display 😉

KK
KK
7 years ago

Keep the clock and give it a proper place nearby.

And please, provide sufficient underpasses for pedestrians.

EGC
EGC
7 years ago
Reply to  KK

Good idea.

sicti
sicti
7 years ago

Hopefully the next one will be Sports R/A

EGC
EGC
7 years ago
Reply to  sicti

Yes, that’s a nasty one.

Awad
Awad
7 years ago

Sports R/A should be next!

zubi
zubi
7 years ago

I just flew over the city from USA this morning but ive never seen such a beautiful place in my life since were moving to Qatar soon I have my fingers crossed cant contain my excitement, bye bye KSA forever

DavidRSS8
DavidRSS8
7 years ago

The destruction of of all these roundabouts is changing the character of Doha. Oryx, Rainbow, Clock Tower, Burger King, etc. were all interesting, usually well landscaped green spaces in the middle of city of concrete, glass, asphalt and sand.

And I’m not too sure removing them has made a great impact on traffic. But then with so many new cars arriving daily, any measures are like a sandcastle trying to stem the tide.

noty_guy
noty_guy
7 years ago

one more iconic R/A is left in Wakra.. Pearl R/A

The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight
7 years ago
Reply to  noty_guy

LoL.. Yeah!!!

Hamad Sheikh
Hamad Sheikh
7 years ago

It will fall short in serving the purpose as it would get super crowded by 2022
Why dont they convert the whole of C,D Ring and the Corniche into Flyovers as they did to Salwa Rd.
It would be the ideal long term solution i feel…

Gareth Walters
Gareth Walters
7 years ago

I love how qatar can pick and choose its cultural heritage. there is such a stink about dress codes and peripheral issues, the actual cultural areas of the city are being destroyed. i have lived in Qatar for many years and have witnessed landmark after landmark be destroyed and taken away.
You cant have it both ways, you cant expect people to take the country seriously about keeping its culture and its heritage when it is removing it all.

The Avenger
The Avenger
7 years ago
Reply to  Gareth Walters

They can and they will , it’s great see when you can pick and choose so called cutural rules when it suits your mood . It’s called being a hypocrite in the big bad world , when you live in a gilded cage you act like a golden turkey .

Check
Check
7 years ago
Reply to  Gareth Walters

Because the women in charge of the dress code campaign were definitely the ones responsible for having the clock removed!

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
7 years ago

What about taking down the Damien Hirst babies at Sidra and lining up the removed icons from the roundabouts instead……………………..

EGC
EGC
7 years ago
Reply to  SokhnaFan2010

Yes. Should never have gone up in the first place.

zoeval
zoeval
7 years ago

The destruction of the roundabouts is the destruction of local history and the erasing of familiar landmarks. It’s sad and appalling.

Luciano Salvatore
Luciano Salvatore
7 years ago

Ashgal should also consider immediately the demolition of Pearl R/A at Wakrah.

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