An enhanced experience awaits campers and beach-goers at the Sea Lineand Island Sea areas this winter season, organisers of the Enna project announced at a press conference in Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel's Salwa Hall earlier today.
The winter camping season begins this year on 1 November and continues until 31 March, 2019. Al Enna – a Qatari word which means camping ground – is a development project that has been launched to ensure campers and visitors to Sealine and Inland Sea can benefit from safe and enjoyable experiences while protecting the wildlife in the area and providing access to services and amenities.
Representatives of the project’s partner organisations have detailed that Al Enna aims to enhance the overall desert and camping experience through improved safety, protecting the areas’ environment and preserving natural life, enhancing services as well as improving entertainment options provided to all campers, visitors and tourists. Al Enna project partners are the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, the Ministry of Interior, The Public Works Authority (Ashghal), Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation, Batabit (Qatar Centre for Motorcycles) and Mawater.
The Al Enna Project follows two main tracks:
Khor Al-Adaid is characterized by the beauty and diversity of its sand dunes. As one of the few rare places in the world where sand dunes meet the sea, it is a popular hotspot for residents and a must-visit for tourists alike.
An important element in enhancing the camping experience is designating a special zone for all-terrain vehicles (ATV) sports, thereby, ensuring the safety of the area’s visitors while protecting the campers’ privacy. The ATV sports zone will be built over an area of 300,000 square metres and will feature 28 motorcycle rental shops and eight ATV tracks (two for advanced riders, one for intermediate level riders, four for beginners and one for ladies only).
To protect the indigenous flora and fauna, dune bashing will be prohibited in areas with wildlife. In addition, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment will introduce a wildlife nursery to reintroduce plant and animal populations affected by previous camping seasons in a fenced area spanning 326,000 square metres.
In terms of waste management, plastic materials in restaurants and cafes will be banned and recycling services will be provided.
A special beach experience
As part of this project, Sealine Beach will see major developments over an area that can accommodate up to 150,000 people. This includes creating shaded areas, opening cafes and restaurants as well as designating a special area for families and another for children. In addition, fitness machines will be installed as well as equipment provided for water and beach sports such as football and volleyball.
A special entertainment zone which will include a theatre will also be made to host cultural activities and events – such as poetry nights – during the weekends. To stay in line with Qatar’s cultural heritage, the zone’s design will draw inspiration from the surrounding area’s natural features and will be a treat for everyone who visits.
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