There are at least 92 public parks across Qatar, Doha is home to at least 38 parks, followed by 29 in Al Rayyan, three in Al Sheehaniya and five in Umm Slal. Entrance is generally free.
Al Abraj Park
The new Al Abraj Park, a project of Ashghal’s Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, opened in September 2019 at West Bay (Onaiza). The design of Al Abraj Park, which means towers, offers a variety of activities, including a green central events area, an exercise area and a walking track built with recycled rubber and local Qatari materials. The park also includes a cafeteria, toilets, tree-shaded seats and wooden pergolas. The park covers 5,800 sq m and houses 130 different and distinctive types of trees. The bushes cover about 240 sq m while the grass covers about 3,500 sq m of garden area. To date, 76 km of pedestrian and cycle paths have been completed, and other works such as landscape, trees planting, street furniture, lighting and kiosks are still ongoing. Phase one is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.
Al Bidda Park
Bordering Al Corniche Street, Al Bidda Park is Qatar’s first pet-friendly park and the biggest green space in the country. For those more active, there are opportunities galore: running and cycling tracks, a human maze, gymnasiums, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, an open theatre that seats 850 people, as well as playgrounds, barbecue areas and beautiful landscaping. Bike rentals are available at the park’s Saikl Bike rental shop. There are also buggies to help visitors move around the park comfortably. The park is approximately 1.25 million sq m and has underground parking spaces for 6,000 cars. Pet owners are free to use the park but should ensure their pet is kept on a lead at all times, and to bring their own bags and pooper-scooper as these are not available in the park.
Opening times: Open daily from 4 am. Park closing times are at midnight during the week and at 2 am on weekends. Barbecue stands are available for rental at QAR50 per four hours. Contact: 4428 7709, 4428 7777, 5028 0404 (Saikl Bike)
Al Khor Corniche
The first and second zones of Al Khor Corniche Development Project opened in March 2018 to the public. The third zone is still underway. The three zones will cover an area of about 28,000 sq m, featuring 6,000 sq m of green spaces, play areas, 116 parking spaces, 256 seats and 46 umbrellas.
Al Legtaifiya Park
Al Legtaifiya Park, Zone 66, is an inclusive playground and the latest breakthrough for Accessible Qatar, a Sasol initiative designed to support inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities in the local community. Sasol wanted to provide a solution for children with disabilities unable to play on playgrounds to be able to play with their friends. They found the right solution through the inclusive playground equipment. Information about accessibility of venues in Qatar is now available through the Accessible Qatar App.
Al Tawasul Traditional Park (Al Khor Park and Zoo)
Set to reopen in January 2019, the park is home to more than 100 animals and birds have been moved to the reopened Al Khor Park from the site of the former zoo, which has been closed for renovations since 2012. The mini-zoo is divided into two sections, with 10 glass cages and one giant cage with bridges, trees and nests. The park also boasts a room for vets to treat animals, as well as space to prepare their meals. The park is home to quarantine rooms and a laboratory for observation. This family-only park has a train, a children’s play area, a basketball court, amphitheatre and skating area, among other offerings. Electronic ticketing gates have been installed to facilitate visitors access to the park.
Opening times: Daily 8 am – 10 pm; open Tuesday for women and children only Admission: QAR5 for adults Contact: 4426 5050
Al Wakra Park
A large landscaped park with different ornamental plants, as well as palm and olive trees, at the end of Al Aurouba Street and near Al Wakra beach. There are plenty of trees providing shaded sitting areas, a children’s play zone and a large pool next to the cafeteria.
Aqua Park is a water park along Salwa Road, approximately 15 km from the Industrial Area interchange, just before Rawdat Rashed Interchange (Exit 29). Features include the African village, lazy river, children’s activity pool, multiple slide complex, a wave pool and a lagoon pool, jacuzzis and a green path built to resemble a forest track. Tuesdays are for ladies only and boys below 120 cm. Cameras and mobile phones are not allowed; food and drink cannot be brought into the park. The park closes seasonally, due to the hot summer, so call ahead before planning a trip.
Opening times: Closed Sunday. Open Friday 10 am – 10 pm; Sunday 10 am – 8 pm; Tuesday (Ladies Day) noon – 8 pm; Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 11 am – 8 pm Admission: Adults QAR120, children 90 cm – 120 cm in height QAR100. Tickets can be bought online. Family packages, special needs and maid tickets can only be purchased at the counter. Some rides may cost extra.
Contact: 4490 5872/73/78
One of Qatar’s biggest parks is behind Hyatt Plaza with a vast expanse of green lawn and baobab trees, a large lake with ducks and geese, football fields, a multi‑surface 3 km walking/jogging track and fitness equipment. There is plenty of parking and free Wi‑Fi. Aspire Play Park has two sandy areas, fitness stations and paved areas for cycling, roller‑skating and skateboarding, which can still be used at nighttime thanks to solar‑powered lighting. The ‘smart park’ has introduced the first smart benches, which use renewable energy and advanced technology, providing wireless chargers, USB ports, Wi-Fi access point and an integrated cooling system which keeps seating cool during the hot summer days.
Opening times: Park: daily 24 hours; restaurants and restrooms: 8 am – 10 pm; lifeguard: 6 am – 10 pm Contact: 4413 8188
As part of Baladna Farm, located in the Umm Al Hawaya area (North Road, Exit 44), Baladna Park is an outdoor family entertainment park. Activities include a zoo, lake, a carnival area and outdoor activties and entertainment such as pedal car racing, cow chariot, trampoline, zip lining, bumper boats, obstacle course and more.
Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 10 am – 7 pm; Friday noon – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 8 pm
Contact: 4035 8833
Barzan and Simaisma Olympic Parks
A new concept to Qatar, the Barzan and Simaisma Olympic Parks feature swimming pools, fountains, football fields, walking tracks and many more activities. Both parks have green areas, restaurants, kids zone, football grounds, tennis courts, basketball court, swimming pool, cycling track, fountains, walking lanes and toilets. The Barzan Park is located in Umm Slal Ali; the Simaisma Park is behind the Simaisma Youth Centre at Simaisma, near Al Khor.
Dahl Al Hamam Park
Close to Landmark mall, on the corner of Arab League and Al Markhiya Streets, this large park has a subtle modern design, calm ambience and more than 50 varieties of trees. The gardens have an extensive children’s play area, a bicycle track, a football ground and basketball court. The park also boasts a cave and a newly-constructed maze, representing the streets of old Doha to discover traditional Qatari games. Amenities include cafeterias and toilets. Closed in the morning. For families only.
A popular destination for strollers and joggers as the path curves along the waterfront from the port to the Hotel Park at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. The Corniche is one of the most beautiful in the Middle East, with its many grassed areas and views across the turquoise water of Doha Bay. There are bicycles available for rent, a children’s play area, fitness stations, café and restaurants, and free Wi‑Fi. Traditional dhow boats dock along the 7 km‑long Corniche for visitors to enjoy a ride on the sea during the day or night.
Situated adjacent to Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Hotel Park provides a relaxing escape to enjoy picnics, play areas and outdoor family gatherings. Children’s play areas, an outdoor fan area, fitness zone and video wall round off Hotel Park’s casual relaxation amenities. Hotel Park has food and beverage outlets offering a diverse palette of authentic cuisine and desserts. To add to an impressive garden and restaurant offering, Hotel Park has four levels of underground parking with access to Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) through an underground tunnel link. Hotel Park’s comprehensive paid parking has over 2,500 spaces.
The MIA Park can be accessed through the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) or from the Port Road entrance on Al Corniche Street. Designed by PEI Partnership Architects of New York, it features ‘7’, a vertical steel sculpture by internationally acclaimed American artist Richard Serra, his first piece of public art in the Middle East. Plants indigenous to Qatar have been used and pedestrian pathways are shaded by the use of hills and ‘swails’ (sail shading). There are playground areas for children, and consideration for those with special needs or requiring wheelchair accessibility. Year‑round public activities include film screenings, sports events, storytelling programmes and art workshops. Cafés and kiosks sell snacks and souvenirs. The Park Bazaar is held every Friday (2 pm – 8 pm) and Saturday (noon – 8 pm) from October to April/May with stalls selling food, arts and crafts, clothing, souvenirs, etc. Bicycle rentals are available.
Opening times: The park’s cafes are open daily 3 pm – midnight, while the children’s play areas are open 24/7 Admission: Free Contact: 4422 4444
Located in Education City, Oxygen Park has been inspired by the wind eroded rocks and fluid land formations of the desert. The running tracks are embedded creating an exciting training ground with looping tracks, cooled tunnel sections and steep hills. The park features running tracks, equestrian facilities, underground pitches, recreation areas and soundscape-filled, refreshing folly spheres.
Qur’anic Botanic Garden
The garden is the first of its kind in the world. Located outside the Education City clubhouse, the park is home to at least 60 plant species mentioned in the Holy Quran, and those in the Hadith and Sunnah, the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The display gives an explanation of the significance of every plant’s mention in the Holy Quran, as well as their scientific explanations. Date palm, olive, fig, citron, senna, ginger, aloe, camphor and other plants have been included.
Contact: 4454 8302