There's a new park in town, and it has distinct features you can't find in other parks in Doha! It's strategically located near commercial and tourist hubs in the city, and it's also easily accessible via the Doha Metro. If you haven't heard yet of 5/6 Park, here's a short guide to show you all you need to know - what to see, do, and how to get there.
The park boasts of a large plant maze that no other parks have. It's designed in the shape of Qatar's map and inspired by the human fingerprint. It has an approximate total area of 6500 sqm, a total longitudinal length of 138 m, and a width of 69 m. It's the focal point of the park.
You'll find signage along the entrance and exits to the maze bearing the names of Qatar's coastal cities (Ruwais, Dukhan, Umm Bab, Al Khor, Doha, Al Wakra, Mesaieed, and Salwa).
The maze's shape isn't that recognizable when you view it from the Observatory or the Plaza, but for sure, it looks amazing when viewed from the sky or higher buildings. At night, the maze is illuminated by strategically placed lights.
Don't expect an intricate hedge maze just yet, though. The shrubs are still growing, and it's easy to get in and out of the maze.
Next to the maze is a 5m high hill that gives visitors a 360-degree view of the park and the surrounding scenery. You'll be able to see the 5/6 Arches (Al Wahda Arches), the Doha skyline, nearby hotels, and the Maze.
Near the North entrance, you'll find a length of walls painted with vibrant murals. 20 artists, Qatari citizens, and residents volunteered to embellish the walls.
You'll also find next to these colorful walls the installations of Lebanese fine artists Saloua Raouda Choucair - “Poems” (1963-1965) and “Poem in Three Verses” (1963-1965).
Near the South entrance, Faisal Al Hajri's Al Sumood (Symbol of Resilience) stands tall. The stainless steel installation by the Qatari conceptual interdisciplinary artist was commissioned to commemorate the blockade against Qatar. It signifies the community's strength and resilience.
Playground - A children's playground is located near the North entrance with a rubberized floor.
Jogging track and walkways - There's a 1.4km pedestrian path, a 1.4km jogging track, and stone and sand paths.
Bike track and Learn to Bike - Aside from the 1.1km cycle path, there are 20 bicycle parking slots, and there's a designated area in the South entrance for those who want to learn to bike.
There's also a Theater/Event Plaza, Prayer rooms, fitness equipment, toilets, different kinds of seating, as well as man-made hills.
According to the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places, 5/6 Park has about 122,000 sqm of open green area. The park features small shrubs as well as 1,500 trees. 10% of the trees are of Qatari origin - Ziziphus Spina Christi, Acacia Tortilis, and Acacia Arabica. Some of the flowering plants you can find in the park are Cassia Javancia and Bauhinia Purpurea.
Yes. According to the park guidelines, pet owners are advised to keep their pets on a leash and to make sure to clean after their pets.
The park's guidelines are clearly stated in signage scattered throughout the park. It includes:
Reference and Cover image source: Ashghal Qatar
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