Lonely Planet Writer

Qatar’s first 24 hour park gives travellers and residents a breath of fresh air

Travellers to Qatar can take advantage of the nation’s first 24 hour park from today. The park is on the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Art in the capital city of Doha.

Residents have previously called on the park to extend their opening hours to take advantage of the cooler weather in the mornings and evenings. Even the children’s playground will be open 24 hours (although the cafes will close at 11pm).

The popular Park Bazaar takes place on Saturdays.

The park, which opened to the public in January 2012, has become one of Qatar’s most popular green spaces, located on the Museum’s purpose-built island and with beautiful views across Doha Bay. It also hosts an annual food festival and a weekly Park Bazaar on Saturdays. The Museum of Islamic Art is also hugely popular, as it’s home to the largest collection of Islamic art in the world.

The Qatar government has been on a mission to create more green spaces in the city, with a total of 55 new parks announced in 2015. Doha itself has an ambitious urban parks programme as green, open spaces are in high demand for families living in the city, as well as for travellers looking for a breath of fresh air instead of air conditioning.

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