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Posted On: 17 December 2014 06:58 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

Qatar getting greener, with plans for 90 new parks

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Qatar is getting greener, with authorities planning to double the number of public parks over the next few years.

The country has some 85 parks across the municipalities and 90 new parks are on the anvil, said a senior official.

The Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning H E Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani yesterday opened a new family park in Unaiza to mark National Day.

This is the ninth park opened in Doha this year.

The last few days also saw the opening of new parks in Al Shihaniya, Umm Salal, Al Khor and Al Daain.

They form part of the 15 parks opened in different parts of the country this year, said Mohammed Al Khouri, Director, Public Parks Department at the ministry.

“We are developing a plan to double the number of public parks in a few years. It includes 90 new parks across different municipalities. We are studying designs and completing other procedures,” Al Sharq quoted Al Khouri as saying.

He said the department is finalising engineering designs for the “second generation” of public parks. “Immediately, we will start implementing the designs,” he added.

Of the 85 parks in the country, 38 are in Doha, Al Rayyan (22), Al Wakra, Al Shamal and Al Khor and Al Dakhira (six each), Al Daain (four) and three in Umm Salal.

A new park in Al Laqta for women and children is expected to open in April next year

“Our plan is to make the country appear like a garden, where people can relax. More parks mean better health for people,” said Al Khouri.

He said the department is studying areas which have no public parks and discussing with the municipalities concerned to allot land and provide other facilities like roads, electricity, sewage network and communication.

Al Unaiza park over an area of 24,000sqm is equipped with play areas for children, a shaded theatre and cafeteria, among other facilities.

Mohammed Ahmed Al Sayed, Director, Doha Municipality, and Yousuf Al Khulaifi, Director, Agriculture Affairs, the Ministry of Environment, and other officials were also present at the opening ceremony.