Doha: More 'smart' public parks to have free Wi-Fi

In a drive to create 'smart parks' and more green areas throughout Doha, a further eight parks are on the cards, all to be equipped with free Wi-Fi

File photo of a man browsing the internet at a park near the Sheraton Hotel in Doha. (The Peninsula)
File photo of a man browsing the internet at a park near the Sheraton Hotel in Doha. (The Peninsula)

Eight more public parks to get free Wi-Fi in Doha and surrounds.

A senior official of the Public Parks Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment has said that eight public parks will be opened in Doha and other parts of the country next year and more parks have been equipped with free Wi-Fi.

Mohammed Al Khoori, director, Public Parks Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment told The Peninsula:“The Department is currently working with the Ministry of Transport and Communications to install free Wi-Fi in several public parks as part of its project to develop ‘smart parks’ across the country.”

The parks where free Wi-Fi will soon be available are Al Luqta, New Onaiza, Ain Khaled, Al Jubailat, Al Ruwais Resort in Al Shamal, Al Duhail and Al Shamal.

A Wi-Fi connection is already available in many public parks such as Dahl Al Hammam park, Al Dafna park, Al Wakra public park, Al Khor Corniche, Simaisma park, Al Shahaniya park, and Ali bin Jassim park.

There are several new parks under construction while others are undergoing renovation in Doha, Al Khor-Al Dakhira, Al Daayen and Al Shamal municipalities. Al Khoori added:“We have completed work on two parks in Duhail and Al Shamal, that are getting ready for opening.”

Doha has four parks, located in Al Mamoura, Area 66, Area 67, and Al Thumama, while a further two parks are opening in Al Khor- Al Dakhira municipality, namely: Al Ghuwariyah park and Al Kaaban park and Lebaib park will be opened in Al Daen municipality.

“These parks are expected to open during next year,” said Al Khoori.

All will be family parks equipped with all the relevant facilities, including entertainment, sports facilities and play areas for children.

According to Al Khoori, the Department has replaced traditional lights with energy-saving LED lights, sensor technology for taps in bathrooms and allocated facilities for kids in bathrooms.

Also, sunshades along with rubberised flooring have been installed instead of sand in playgrounds.

Plants will feature in the parks, having been specially grown for the first time in Qatar for the specific local climate.

Part of the Department’s plan is to increase the number of public parks and modernise the present ones so that green areas can be found throughout the country, in accordance with a national strategy to achieve 20 to 25m² green space per person.

Al Khoori said the recently renovated and reopened Dahl Al Hammam park attracts the greatest number of visitors, while Al Khor park and Onaiza park are other most popular parks in the country in terms of visitor turn out.

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