Some of you may already know that the opening match for the FIFA World Cup 2022 will kick off at Al Bayt Stadium, in Al Khor. Al Bayt Stadium has garnered the world’s admiration due to its range of sustainability features that will greet spectators once they’re inside the stadium. And this is not it, visitors can also enjoy the massive Al Bayt Stadium Park!
With a size of more than 30 football pitches, Al Bayt Stadium Park boasts a vast green space along with children’s play areas, exercise stations, cycling tracks, boat rentals, food stations, and many more, making it an ideal place for families to enjoy time as well as a great place for people of all ages to relax or do physical activities all year round.
If you haven’t been to Al Bayt Stadium Park, the things below will surely entice you to visit this beautifully landscaped park! Check out what the ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team has rounded up for you!
Note: As of Phase 3 of the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, public areas such as parks, corniche, and beaches allow gatherings or sitting for a maximum of 15 people or family members residing in the same house. Also allowing the opening of playgrounds and exercise equipment in those places. Individual sports such as walking, running, and cycling are allowed.
In the middle of the park is an artificial lake of around 19,907 sqm. A variety of birds including ducks, geese, and herons can be found swimming, while stilt birds are commonly seen wading along the lakefront. Currently, children and adults alike can enjoy kayaks, bumpy boats and pedal boat rides around the lake between 5 pm-10 pm, with fees ranging from QR 20 to QR 50.
Over 1,000 trees of various species are planted throughout the precinct. You will learn while you relax as each tree is labeled with information, including its botanical name, the age of the tree when planted, the country or area in Qatar where the tree originated from, etc.
A pool with 32 floating trees is another favorite spot for photo enthusiasts. May it be daytime or nighttime, it is equally lovely to photograph this area. These palm trees though are not literally floating as they are planted on the soil inside a concrete ring.
Three play areas for kids are available at the park. Children, 12 years old and below, can use the area at any time of the day. Parents and guardians are advised to look after their children, especially the little ones.
Al Bayt Stadium Park encourages a healthy lifestyle and allows people to use its workout equipment for free. There are 7 outdoor gyms around the park where fitness buffs can use stationary bicycles, sit-up benches, monkey bars, and many more!
There are four basketball courts, four tennis courts, two volleyball courts, and 10 football pitches/practice fields within the park. However, you will need to do online booking through the Aspire Zone website if you want to use these facilities either for casual sports and leisure or for professional sports and training.
The stunningly landscaped Al Bayt Stadium Park includes a 4,415 m running track, a 3,444 m cycling track in addition to around 56,000 sqm of pedestrian pathway. Around the park are colored pathways: the black track is for cycling, while the red track is used for running, jogging, and walking. Adults and children are allowed to use electric scooters on the black tracks. Make sure to wear a helmet.
Do not worry when you feel hungry because restaurants and food kiosks are all over the park! McDonald’s, Dandurma, Al Mandarin, Lamazani Grill, Ennabi92, and Stag Cafe are open to serve park visitors. Six restaurants and several food stalls are expected to reopen when the winter season comes.
See those black light poles that resemble a needle? There are 54 of these light columns around the park. They’re powered by solar energy, as the park lives up to its promise of sustainability.
A mini horse and camel paddock with several stables will be used in the event that a horse or a camel festival will take place at the park.
Tip: Check the grass first before you sit on it. Because the birds roam and fly freely, especially near the lake area, expect bird droppings!
Have you visited Al Bayt Stadium Park yet? Which is your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments section below, and please share this article — it keeps us going!
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