New underground facility near Souq Waqif to ease parking woes
Qatar’s popular meeting spot Souq Waqif, which is also the country’s most crowded spot, will soon have a multi-storey underground parking facility that can accommodate 2,000 cars at a time.
According to a report in The Peninsula, the new parking facility is being built beneath a plot of land across the Corniche that once housed the headquarters of Capital Police. Above it, a public park is being planned that will also have an open-air theatre. There will be several subways connecting the new facility to the souq.
At present, there are four parking lots that visitors have access to:
- The underground parking facility just across Souq Waqif near Emiri Diwan which accommodates 750 cars at a time.
- The parking lot facing Msheireb, and the other facing the Fanar Mosque which together accommodate 740 cars at a time. These are paid parking spots that charge QR5 for the first hour, and QR3 for every subsequent hour.
- The Souq Najada car parking facility that can accommodate 600 cars.
Finding parking has always been a hassle, not just near Souq Waqif, but in other places as well. According to official figures, 70,000 new vehicles were registered in 2011 and 88,000 more in 2012; 105,000 new driving licenses were issued in 2011 and another 108,000 last year. One thing is clear – traffic is increasing, but the infrastructure to support it is still lacking here. Read JustHere’s earlier report on parking spaces in Qatar.
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