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UCC races to complete new Souq Waqif car park ahead of Qatar festival

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All photos by Peter Kovessy

A new parking garage and underground pedestrian passage that connects Qatar’s Souq Waqif to the Corniche are expected to open later this week, before the launch of the 2015 Spring Festival.

A handful of signs stating that the new north Souq Waqif parking lot is already open were prematurely set up around the ramps leading to the three-story underground lot this morning.

Souq Waqif parking
Souq Waqif parking

And several daily newspapers also reported that the project would be completed by today.

However, the lot, which has some 2,000 spots, was still closed when Doha News visited the site this morning.

While one security guard said he was expecting it to open later in the day, a construction site supervisor said Wednesday was a more likely target.

The project is being led by local construction firm UrbaCon Trading & Contracting.

Organizers of Souq Waqif’s popular Spring Festival are counting on work to be largely wrapped up by the time performances start on Friday. Pre-published maps direct visitors arriving by car to the new north parking garage, among other lots in the vicinity.

Features

The new parking lot will likely help to alleviate some of the traffic headaches in the area during peak hours, when surface parking lots around the popular tourist attraction are frequently stretched to capacity.

Souq Waqif parking
The new park across from Souq Waqif

There are several entrances and exits to the parking garage off the Corniche and Abdullah Bin Jassim Street, which is currently closed to traffic and runs along the north edge of Souq Waqif.

Above the parking garage, crews are also working to complete a landscaped park with benches, playgrounds, a refreshment stand and an outdoor amphitheater.

Hundreds of laborers could be seen working on the site today.

While some appeared to be putting the finishing touches on parts of the site by painting railings and mopping decorative tiles, others were seen carrying additional construction materials underground and installing window frames around the structures housing the elevators.

Spring festival

Souq Waqif’s fourth annual Spring Festival starts on Friday, Jan. 23, and runs for two weeks, through Feb. 6.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Many of the activities start in the mid-afternoon and run until late in the evening. Daily attractions for children include pony and camel rides, art workshops and Shaun the Sheep performances.

Additionally, clowns, drummers and other entertainers will be wandering the souq’s streets, while trained dolphins will be putting on two shows daily.

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R.D.H
R.D.H
6 years ago

Trained dolphins will be putting on shows at the Souq? Where?!

Shabzed
Shabzed
6 years ago
Reply to  R.D.H

Water tanks filled in salt water.

R.D.H
R.D.H
6 years ago
Reply to  Shabzed

Glad you cleared that up for me, I assumed they would be walking around doing tricks.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  R.D.H

You asked where when you know it’s in the souq?

R.D.H
R.D.H
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Where in the souq is designed to have Dolphins perform? Is that a strange question?

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  R.D.H

Its not too strange if the souq was a town

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago
Reply to  R.D.H

Song and dance act?

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
6 years ago

hip hip hooray for the underground parking: the best thing of the festival. Finally!!!!
I might have a chance to go back and stroll in the souq once the festival is over and enjoy it, instead of getting trapped in it.

Heisenberg
Heisenberg
6 years ago

Now build a bigger Souq

Coco
Coco
6 years ago

I love the Souq (I’ve checked the one in Wakrah and it’s shaping off beautifully as well). If they would remove the live animal sale area with pink chicks I would love it even more (are they still there? it’s been a while since I enjoyed a shisha in souq Waqif).

The Reporter
The Reporter
6 years ago

Local Carbbean construction firm UrbaCon Trading & Contracting of St. Kitts & Nevis.

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