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Posted On: 25 November 2020 02:45 pm
Updated On: 29 November 2020 07:10 pm

[UPDATED] Katara Hills: a serene haven amidst nature and panoramic views

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UPDATE: November 29, 2020

We have contacted Katara (via their social media channels) to confirm if North Hills Park is currently closed and this is their reply:

We were told that the northern hills are currently closed due to the construction of a hotel. You can use the southern hills comfortably. We hope you have a great time.

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Did you know that in Katara Cultural Village you'll also find one of Doha's largest public parks? Katara's North and South Hills, towering over the cultural village and the beach, provides not just panoramic views but also an abundance of greenery, purple running paths, and water features. And what better timing to take a walk or visit the rolling hills than now when the temperature is getting colder especially early morning and at night! Check out this post to learn more about Katara Hills!

Plants from around the world

Although the hills are man-made, it's filled with greenery and plants. They are trees and plants from different continents! You can even find name tags on the trees, encouraging people to learn more about them. You'll be able to see trees commonly found in Qatar as well as flowering trees.

Scenic views

The unique public park boasts breathtaking views of Katara Cultural Village, Katara Beach, and nearby areas. This sets apart Katara Hills from other public parks in the city. Walking along the hills you'll be able to see landmarks such as Katara Mosque, Galeries Lafayette, Pigeon Towers, Children's Mall (in the shape of a gift box), Al Gannas Headquarters (in the shape of a falcon head), and more!

To get the perfect shots, head there in the early morning before the sun is high and late afternoon before sunset.

Disclaimer: Please note that according to one of our followers, we were told that the North Hills Park is still under the construction and not open to the public and people have been turned away. We have contacted Katara Cultural Village to confirm the same and will update this post once we get the details from them.

Check out these photos from Katara Hills

North Hills Park

Katara North Hills Park manmade stream pond
What a relaxing view, right?
Katara North Hills view of Bayt el talleh restaurant from the stream pond
A view of the Bayt el Talleh restaurant from the stream
View of the Al Gannas Society headquarters from Katara North Hills Park
View of the Al Gannas Society headquarters from Katara North Hills Park
View of the Children's Mall from Katara North Hills Park
View of the Children's Mall from Katara North Hills Park
Katara Hills North Park meadows
So much greenery!

South Hills Park

Starting point of the purple path at Katara South Hills Park after sunset
Starting point of the purple path at Katara South Hills Park after sunset
Look out for these landscaped bushes at Katara South Hills Park
Look out for these landscaped bushes at Katara South Hills Park
Katara South Hills Park purple road
Tired of walking or jogging? Rest amidst nature
View of Galeries Lafayette and 21 High Street from Katara South Hills Park
View of Galeries Lafayette and 21 High Street from Katara South Hills Park
View of the waterfront and The Pearl Qatar from Katara South Hills Park
View of the waterfront and The Pearl Qatar from Katara South Hills Park

Guidelines for visiting Katara North and South Hills Park

These guidelines are posted on both North Hills Park and South Hills Park.

  • It's strictly forbidden to consume food and drinks in the landscape areas.
  • The visitors must adhere to the general guidelines and maintain the cleanliness of the park and carefully dispose of garbage in the allocated places.

Dining options

The view from Bayt El Talleh restaurant at Katara North Hills
Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/bayt.eltalleh/

At the top of North Hills, you'll find a restaurant serving Lebanese cuisine called Bayt el Talleh. The restaurant's architecture and the interior are quite aesthetically pleasing but the selling point is definitely the view overlooking Katara Cultural Village and beyond. Inside it, you'll also find a preserved olive tree.

Bayt el Talleh details

Kashta Katara by Sukar Pasha on Katara South Hills
Image credit: https://sukarpasha.qa/tent/kashta/

Also, now that it's winter, Kashta Katara by Sukar Pasha is back on top of the South Hills. You can experience the traditional tent experience at the Kashtas with an amazing view of the city and beyond. There's even a bonfire in the middle in case you want to warm up. Advance booking is required.

Kashta Katara details

Al Wasmi Katara Garden Festival

The first-ever Al Wasmi Gardens Festival was held last February 18 - 22 at the lush backdrop of Katara South Hills. Check out our video here:

You can also check out more photos of the event here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/news/community/al-wasmi-gardens-festival-2020-kicks-off-in-katara

Katara Hills details

  • Entrance fee - FREE
  • Opening hours - 24 hours according to Katara call center 182; 6 am to 10 pm according to the sign at the parks

How to get to Katara Hills

Location:

How to get to Katara Hills using Doha Metro:

Take the Red Line and go down at Katara Metro Station. Take the exit nearest to Galeries Lafayette. To get to North Hills, cross the road to the other side of Shakespeare street. To get to South Hills, you have to walk further towards Katara Mosque and the Pigeon Towers then cross the road.

Where to go next?

Explore more of Katara Cultural Village - the beach, amphitheatre, mosques, and public art here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/guide/places/everything-to-know-about-see-and-do-at-katara-cultural-village

Tasty Street is happening until March 2021! Find out more about Tasty Street here: https://www.iloveqatar.net/dining/foodieNews/what-to-expect-tasty-street-katara-cultural-village-doha-qatar

Have you been to Katara Hills? Did you like it? If you haven't been yet, when are you visiting? Let us know in the comments!