Doha to turn greener city by 2016

March 31, 2011

An ambitious five-year plan to make Doha a greener city by 2016 includes establishing three tree-shaded corridors free of car traffic.

Under the government plan, the Qatari capital will have a network of green spaces as ribbons of tree-lined areas rather than large, open parks.

“Doha has grown exponentially, supported by a construction boom of striking contemporary buildings,” Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016 said. “However, the capital lacks the benefits that urban green spaces provide. Much of the city is devoid of sidewalks, bicycle lanes and tree-filled areas closed to automobile traffic. People are surrounded by buildings and, at peak times, congested roadways.”

The five-year plan has envisioned significant shifts in the makeup of Doha.

There would be two green infrastructure plans – a new residential area and a commercial zone – and a third parcel for mixed use. One inner city green route, between high-rise blocks and the City Centre Mall, will provide shade and greenery, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Wednesday.

In addition, the surplus water gathering in the city’s rising water table could be drawn down to maintain the various green spaces.

The added greenery and trees would support the goal of protecting animal habitats and allow migrating birds to nest in the city’s trees.

The addition of broad canopied trees should help improve air quality by absorbing pollutants and trapping windblown sand and dust, the report said.

“The present patterns of growth and consumption need to be better managed in order to secure health and prosperity for future generations.”



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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