HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani on Sunday visited the under construction 5/6 Park where he joined a group of Qatari children to plant trees as part of ‘Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees’ campaign, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) said.
HE the Prime Minister also inspected artworks by artists, who do voluntary work at the park. He was accompanied by HE the Minister of Municipality and Environment Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki al-Subaie, Ashghal president Engineer Saad bin Ahmad al-Muhannadi and other senior officials of the Supervisory Committee for Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar.
Chairman of the supervisory committee Engineer Mohammad Arqoub al-Khaldi, Qatar Museums (QM) CEO Ahmed al-Namlah, Doha Municipality director Jamal al-Naeimi, Ministry of Municipality and Environment's (MME) Public Parks Department director Mohamed al-Khouri and the Central Municipal Council (Consistency 2) member Ali al-Shahwani were also present.
The 5/6 Park is a joint initiative of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, the MME, QM, Ashghal and Qatar Fine Arts Association.
Located in the Onaiza area, the park is close to many vital tourist and commercial spots in the country such as Al Dafna, Lusail and Katara. It has many distinct features including an exceptional design, distinguished artworks, vast open green spaces and integrated services that make it an excellent leisure and tourism spot for the people and visitors across Qatar.
Al-Khaldi said that the optimal implementation of 5/6 Park could not have been achieved without the co-operation of all relevant entities in Qatar. “The committee's efforts to increase the green spaces in the country is an important part of the goal to make areas environment-friendly in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 to achieve environmental sustainability,” he noted.
The delegates joined Qatari kids in planting trees in the 5/6 Park to highlight the importance of future generations' participation in preserving the environment, instilling environmental values in them and teaching them that environment protection is a shared responsibility of all state institutions and afforestation has a fundamental role in improving the quality of life.
Project design manager of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places engineer Hessa Khamis al-Kaabi said that the 5/6 Park contains lots of features, including a large plant maze, distinct from other parks in Qatar.
“The maze, designed in the shape of Qatar's map, is located in the heart of the park to be the focus of attention of every visitor. The maze’s entrances and exits are named after coastal cities of Qatar and the final shape of the map appears clearly when viewed from the sky and the nearby hotels,” she said.
The hill next to the maze is about 5m high and located in the centre of the park. Being higher than its surroundings, the hill gives an overall 360-degree view of the park. Also, the park includes many utilities and service kiosks such as restaurants, cafes, washrooms and prayer areas among others, in addition to providing seating areas and necessary services for visitors. This is in addition to the columns designated for feeding birds , distributed throughout the park.