The Souq area in Doha is getting a major facelift while retaining the heritage elements. The various souqs are being given a new facade and the roads developed as part of the Doha Central Development and Beautification Projects by the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar.
Ample pedestrian space is being developed in the souqs area.
The works are fast progressing across Souq Waqif, Souq Al Asiri, Souq Al Faleh, Souq Al Jabor, Souq Al Dira and Gold Souq. As part of the project, the façades of 55 buildings in these Souqs are modified. The project is aimed at enhancing the identity of the historical and cultural legacy of Qatar and respecting the country’s natural environment.
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has said that there is a plan to involve local artists in proposing and developing some artwork in the area. The works also include infrastructure development, construction of plazas, pedestrian paths and cycling paths.
As part of the project, roadside slots for car parking are developed and parking meters installed. The green areas are developed with more trees and plants. Improved street lighting, new traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, and new road signs are part of the project.
Special emphasis has been given to make the area accessible to people with special needs. Among the highlights are wide pedestrian paths in conformity with international standards with connected paths that allow people with special needs to move freely without support of others between the souqs.
The project also aims to develop public places and plazas to create attractive and lively places through the provision of services and aesthetic elements including resting areas, benches, kiosks, display screens and visual artworks attracting visitors to socialise and enjoy the ambience.
This is in addition to beautifying the main and inner streets to raise the aesthetic value of streets, residential areas and vital centres, and to preserve the environmental balance.
The works of Doha Central Development and Beautification Projects include seven major areas between Corniche and A Ring road including seven major streets. The main streets include Al Safiya Street, Sharaoh Street, Museum Street, Ali Bin Omar Al-Attiya Street, Jabr Bin Muhammad Street, Grand Hamad Street, Al Asmakh Street, Ali Bin Abdulla Street and Abdulla Bin Thani Street.