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Posted On: 17 July 2019 04:30 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:21 pm

Is Qatar getting its very own forest?

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Did you know that Qatar is creating one of the region's largest man-made forests?

In November, 2016, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced an ambitious project to grow a man-made forest with 95,000 trees in an area of 12 square kilometres.

Today, the project, developed by Nakheel Landscapes, is almost complete and is to include two lakes spread over 280,000 square metres located close to each other, and four islands.

One of the lakes in the man-made forest in Umm Salal Ali
Image title: One of the lakes in the man-made forest in Umm Salal Ali (Image credit: Nakheel Landscapes)

The look of the whole area is to be that of a public recreational park; there will be approximately 50 picnic spots and a number of hiking tracks for those who bring their families for a day out. There will also be a bird lagoon for the avid bird watchers. Boating and other facilities and activities are also planned.

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Types of trees used

Tree species that don't need much water to grow have been carefully selected for this man-made forest. The trees used are native or near native hardwood. There is a mixture of local and decorative varieties of trees which are able to resist the harsh desert climatic conditions of Qatar, and the trees have been planted in such a way that there are sections that are very dense and some sections that aren’t that dense. The area on which the man-made forest has been planted is flat with small mounds inbetween.

Irrigation of man-made forest

Treated water from the Doha North Sewage Treatment Works Plant is used for irrigating the man-man made forest and its completely automated.

The Doha North Sewage Treatment Works Plant is one of Qatar's strategic projects and aims to produce high-quality treated effluent for irrigation of plants at public parks and landscapes. The Plant is all set to bring down dependency on drinking water for irrigation.


Doha North Sewage Treatment Works Plant with man-made forest in the backdrop
Image title: Doha North Sewage Treatment Works Plant with man-made forest in the backdrop (image credit: Nitco Qatar)

The man-made forest is located around the Doha North Sewage Treatment Works Plant in Umm Salal Ali, north of Doha.

Benefits of a man-made forest in Qatar

A man made Qatar will help filter air, water and sunlight, and support and provide shelter to birds and animals. It will also provide a recreational place for people. It will help moderate the climate of Qatar by taking in greenhouse gases like CO2 that cause global warming, release more oxygen and reduce air pollution. It can help change weather patterns and promote rainfall in the area.

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Cover image credit: Goodwin Qatar