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Monday, March 8, 2021

Qatar residents, businesses lament six-week closure of Najma St.

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Traffic at Toyota Signal
Traffic at Toyota Signal

Qatar commuters have complained of long traffic jams and frustrating attempts to get around a new diversion that began last night at Najma St. between C-Ring and D-Ring Roads.

The road from Al Nuaija intersection at The Mall to Al Mansoura intersection near Gulf Cinema will be shut in both directions until about mid-July.

Over the next 45 days, Ashghal will work to transform the Woqod Roundabout into a signalized junction and add an extra lane in the area to help with congestion.

The overhaul is part of the last of the major construction being done on C-Ring Road, which has been revamped over the past year to include more lanes, pedestrian crossings and signal upgrades.

Diversions

According to Ashghal, motorists can use several side streets to navigate the closure of Najma St.

Najma St. closure
Najma St. closure

But this morning, residents said the sheer number of vehicles attempting to cope with the diversion only created backups on each side street, as well as the surrounding areas:

Others lamented the timing of the construction, saying Ashghal should have waited until schools and Ramadan finished:

Businesses

The road work also appears to be affecting some of the businesses in the area.

A receptionist at Focus Medical Center, located near Woqod Roundabout, told Doha News this afternoon that some patients are having trouble making it to their appointments because the facility’s front entrance is on Najma St.

However, she added that the clinic remains open, and patients can still access the medical center from the rear.

Meanwhile, an employee of Alfardan Marine – which is located on a section of Najma St. that remains open – said the road’s closure has forced many motorists to find alternative parking spots.

This has caused crowding in the area in front her shop and made it harder for customers to park, but she said that so far no one has complained.

Have you been affected by the road closure? Thoughts?

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MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

Won’t affect Westerners or Qataris as they will all be on their summer holidays and with no schools open during the summer whoever if left in the country will have little to complain about. (Well except it being really hot)

Muhammedh Naufer
Muhammedh Naufer
5 years ago

That’s the Woqod I go to 🙁

Anonymouse
Anonymouse
5 years ago

A necessary evil that will be worth it in the end.

Rapha31
Rapha31
5 years ago

Woqod petrol station is closed?

Architect
Architect
5 years ago

That building on the left with a blue circle is one of the UGLIEST buildings in Qatar.

sadam
sadam
5 years ago
Reply to  Architect

and so is the pineapple building

Yacine
Yacine
5 years ago
Reply to  sadam

Where is the pineapple building?

sadam
sadam
5 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

near ramada

brorick
brorick
5 years ago
Reply to  sadam

i think that a pretty nice building, in my opinion almost every residential building is ugly, at least this one has windows..

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  brorick

windows in doha ???????? have you spent the summer hear .ill take ugly with no windows over windows in this heat .

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  sadam

this one isn’t that ugly , but i wont call it beautiful too

Architect
Architect
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

I agree. It’s not that good and it’s not that ugly, but those windows don’t make it energy efficient too. I see that many people have thoughts about the architecture in Qatar (good and bad) maybe Doha News can make a discussion about it.

sadam
sadam
5 years ago
Reply to  Architect
Yacine
Yacine
5 years ago
Reply to  sadam

Ah this one! It is not that great but it is not ugly though 🙂
It changes a bit from the typical residential buildings in that area

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  Architect

uhh , yeah its ugly

qatari
qatari
5 years ago

the timing is good actually, 80% of schools have their summer break this week ,the rest next week, RAMADAN (THE REAL HUNGER GAME {from dawn till sunset }) starts next week , please ASHGAL do most of your work now, its the best time.

brorick
brorick
5 years ago

the police need to be in areas where people do U turns illegaly and hold up traffic, happens in bin mahmood just outside the ferrari car wash, so frustrating to have to wait for a guy to do a U turn, and no, its hardly ever a guy in a land cruiser, more often than not its someone in a nissan sunny.

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