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Posted On: 27 April 2021 01:00 pm
Updated On: 27 April 2021 06:40 pm

Umm Salal Municipality Guide: what to do, see, and eat

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Umm Salal or Umm Slal is one of the municipalities in Qatar. Established in 1972, the landlocked municipality is surrounded by Doha, Al Daayen, Al Rayyan, and Al Shahaniya municipalities. Mostly rural and agriculture-inclined, it's also one of the smaller municipalities in terms of its size area-wise.

Umm Salal has an area of 318.4 sq. km. and a population of 90,835 according to the Planning and Statistics Authority 2015 Population distribution and population density by the municipality.

Despite that, there are still some places that are worth visiting. So check out this short guide on where to go in Umm Salal municipality!

Disclaimer: Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, some of the places mentioned might be closed. In addition:

  • A maximum of (5) people can gather together in open spaces, including those who have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Play areas in parks, other entertainment activities and areas are closed till further notice.
  • Dine-in in restaurants and cafes is suspended.
  • Gatherings or sitting are not allowed in public parks, beaches, and the corniche.
  • Individual sports such as walking, jogging and cycling are allowed, while still closing playgrounds and sports equipment in those places.
Umm Salal Municipality
Map of Umm Salal Municipality.

Distance from Doha

How far is Umm Salal municipality from Doha? From the Pearl monument along the Corniche, you can drive to Umm Salal Mohammed in approximately 22 minutes via Al Rayyan Road and Doha Expressway.

Top sights in Umm Salal

Barzan Towers (Heritage Area 1891)

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Barzan Towers is one of the historical sites in Qatar

The two towers consisting of three levels are made of stones and cladded mud. Although both rectangular in shape, the western tower is shaped like a 'T'. They were built by Sheikh Mohammed bin Jassim Al Thani, the founder of Umm Salal Mohammed village, in the late 1800s. The watchtowers are also called Umm Salal Mohammed Fort Towers.

Note: According to Qatar Museums, Barzan Towers is currently under restoration.


READ MORE: The historic forts of Qatar

Barzan Olympic Park

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Find all the miniatures of popular buildings in Qatar!

Inaugurated in 2012, the park is Qatar's first Olympic park. You'll find the slogan 'Sport for Life' around the park which has plenty of sitting areas, a leaping fountain, mosque, toilets, cycling track, cafeteria, playfields, children's playgrounds, sandbox, and table tennis. You'll also find miniatures of popular landmarks in Qatar scattered around the park - Fanar, Al Khor Tower, Grand Mosque, and even Sheraton hotel just to name a few.

Although used to be a park that offers many amenities, the park has seen better days. There is no more train going around and the facilities are showing wear and tear. Despite that, the park is still a beautiful spot to go to especially if you have kids.

Bikes, barbeque, smoking, pets and littering are not allowed in the park.


READ MORE: Ten beautiful parks to visit in Qatar

Ali bin Jassim Park

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Lots of sitting and play areas at this park!

Although labeled as I Park in Google Maps, the park's name is actually Ali bin Jassim Park. You'll see iPark signage outside the park which means that you can connect to WiFi for free by entering your mobile number on the Welcome page. You'll then receive an SMS notification with a PIN code which you can use to connect to the internet.

The small community park has a main plaza, covered playground, toilets, lots of shaded sitting areas, cafeteria (closed), and an open theatre area.


Markets in Umm Salal

Umm Salal Meat, Fruit/Veg & Fish Market (Umm Salal Central Market)

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The Umm Salal fish market is huge and organized!

This central market is where you can find fish, meat, fruits and vegetables at more affordable prices. The fish market area is quite large and has a separate area for the display of seafood and the cutting/cleaning. It's best to head to Souq Umm Salal early morning on a weekend or go on weekdays.


Al Mazrouah Farmers Yard

Al Mazrouah Yard umm salal qatar
Get fresh produce straight from the farms!

This is one of the seasonal farmer's yards where you can buy fresh local produce directly from Qatari farms. The wholesale market is open-air and you can also find limited options for imported vegetables and fruits.

Please note that Al Mazrouah Farmers Market is open from Thursday to Saturday, 7 am to 4 pm during the winter to spring season.

Note: Al Mazrouah Farmer's Yard is open in Ramadan as a night vegetable market from 7 pm to 11 pm throughout Ramadan on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.


Where to eat in Umm Salal

North Gate mall mixed use development in umm salal qatar
Coming soon: North Gate Mall

What are the restaurants you can find in Umm Salal municipality?

There are plenty of dining options in Barzan Souk and the nearby commercial complexes. Some of the restaurants currently open are:

  • Almosak Fitness Food
  • Subway
  • Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins
  • House Burger
  • Monkey Cookies
  • Alpha Healthy
  • Cherry Beans Cafe
  • Take Away
  • Diet House
  • Kamoon Lemon
  • Gazebo
  • Karak Mqanes
  • Popeye restaurant
  • Manoushe street

North Gate Mall is an upcoming lifestyle destination. There are already a few restaurants and coffee shops open on Market Street like:

  • Yoza
  • His Majesty the Coffee
  • Awa Artisan Coffee


The future of Umm Salal

According to the MME's municipality plan, Umm Salal will be connected to the Doha Metro via the Green Line in future expansion. There will also be a Town Center that'll cater to the community.

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